Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM) Tested: One-Click Overclocking Comes to 9th-Gen CPUs

Far Cry 5, GTA: V and Hitman

Far Cry 5

The differences between the Core i9-9900K configurations are slight as we encounter a graphics-imposed bottleneck that is common in many AAA titles. 

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V favors Intel architectures and, more generally, multi-core designs with high clock rates. This benchmark exposes a more tangible lead for the manually tuned processor, while the MCE and IPM configurations fall within 1% of each other.

Hitman

Slight differences between the overclocked Core i9s boil down to typical run-to-run variance for this benchmark, meaning the differences in performance are largely imperceptible.

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  • rgd1101
    compare the power consumption and temp?
  • mdd1963
    Here, take this Intel provided software, use it, it's great but....BUT,....if you use it, and overclock , and kill your processor, well, it was 'inherently dangerous'...your bad! :) (Better luck with your $500 next time!) :)

    Granted, Intel's XTU is not 'one click and done', but, I thought it would be hard to get too much easier (I think it took 5-6 clicks?)....

    I see it's now easier.. :)
  • rgd1101
    And what the point. most Z390 already have MCE anyway.
    what the 1.5GB download get?
  • AgentLozen
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    what the 1.5GB download get?


    Hopefully the 100MB of overclocking software comes bundled with an installation of Warcraft III. That's about how much space its demanding.
  • tennis2
    A 16GB SEPARATE PARTITION!?!?
    Hard pass.
  • jimmysmitty
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    compare the power consumption and temp?


    Yea that would be nice to see how it handles power and temps compared to MCE or manual overclocking.

    I never have trusted auto OCing utilities, even in motherboards, as they tend to go on the high side of CPU voltage.
  • King_V
    I wonder if this is smacking a little of desperation. These CPUs are already blowing past their TDP now that Intel has decided that base-speed TDP is more convenient for them that maximum power.

    Maybe they can't really claim a huge gaming lead anymore, and are trying to push through whatever boost they can, to try and keep an edge?

    In this case, both in performance, and as a convenient space-heater.
  • gdmaclew
    It's a useful utility, but it needs this, but it only supports that, but you have to remove this other thing. Typical for Intel.
  • joeblowsmynose
    Well I guess this free utility makes the 9900KS obsolete -- hasn't even launched yet! lol!

    Maybe they figured the suckers that would buy the insurance for the IPM would offset the markup on the 9900ks? Intel makes no sense at all ... literally none ... I can't wait for the 3900x to launch so I can give AMD more money.
  • joeblowsmynose
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    I wonder if this is smacking a little of desperation. These CPUs are already blowing past their TDP now that Intel has decided that base-speed TDP is more convenient for them that maximum power. Maybe they can't really claim a huge gaming lead anymore, and are trying to push through whatever boost they can, to try and keep an edge? In this case, both in performance, and as a convenient space-heater.


    Massive power draws are only a major concern when AMD has it. When Intel has it, it just means cause its better. Don't you know the logic? ;)
  • jimmysmitty
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    It's a useful utility, but it needs this, but it only supports that, but you have to remove this other thing. Typical for Intel.


    Say what you want but Intel has quite a bit of experience in software development. I trust their reasons for doing iot
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    Massive power draws are only a major concern when AMD has it. When Intel has it, it just means cause its better. Don't you know the logic? ;)


    Not quite. The times when AMD did have horrible power draw their performance was just as bad.

    You also must have forgotten the Netburst era. Intel was ridiculed for its power draw and lower performance than the competing Athlon 64 chips.
  • joeblowsmynose
    Quote:
    Say what you want but Intel has quite a bit of experience in software development. I trust their reasons for doing iot Not quite. The times when AMD did have horrible power draw their performance was just as bad. You also must have forgotten the Netburst era. Intel was ridiculed for its power draw and lower performance than the competing Athlon 64 chips.

    Oh I'm all for making fun of AMD in bulldozer mode, my point is that the 9th gen power draws didn't nearly the criticism (ridicule) it should have, especially with the 99o0k "95w "TDP. Major reviewers barely even cared ...
  • joeblowsmynose
    Quote:
    Here, take this Intel provided software, use it, it's great but....BUT,....if you use it, and overclock , and kill your processor, well, it was 'inherently dangerous'...your bad! :) (Better luck with your $500 next time!) :) Granted, Intel's XTU is not 'one click and done', but, I thought it would be hard to get too much easier (I think it took 5-6 clicks?).... I see it's now easier.. :)


    Aren't they selling optional insurance for it for $20? Chances softweare like this will brick your CPU is close to zero, so its just a cash grab ...
  • jimmysmitty
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    Oh I'm all for making fun of AMD in bulldozer mode, my point is that the 9th gen power draws didn't nearly the criticism (ridicule) it should have, especially with the 99o0k "95w "TDP. Major reviewers barely even cared ...


    Most reviews don't really talk about power if the performance is still decent. That's the major difference. The 9900K performed very well, even at stock.

    Normally they would only point it out in rare cases where it doesn't make sense, say for example if Zen 2 performs on par per clock and core with Intel but uses less power or when there is an issue, like when TH found a GPU was pulling more than the rated power from a PCIe slot.
  • joeblowsmynose
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    Most reviews don't really talk about power if the performance is still decent. ...


    Yeah that's the double standard I'm complaining about.
  • jimmysmitty
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    Yeah that's the double standard I'm complaining about.


    But its not a double standard. When Intels Netburst came it had power and performance issues. It was discussed by most all, especially compared to Athlon 64. BD was like Netburst. It was slower than Core and used well more power.