Intel has overclocking software that can really take the sting out of juicing a CPU for performance and make the process more palatable to less tech-savvy types — but you can’t get that app just yet.
why not?as well as Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab) According to reports, the ROC app (which stands for Real-Time Overclocking) is youtube (opens in a new tab) Video by overclocking expert Der8auer, who experienced the software during a visit to Intel’s labs in Portland, Oregon. For now, this app is still only available to Intel employees for internal testing and use of the CPU – but we hope that will change.
Der8auer combined the ROC with an Intel Core i9-13900HK processor, a (flagship) laptop chip – but the app can be used with any CPU, desktop or mobile, of course – and the results are pretty impressive deep impression.
The 13900HK can be driven up to 5.8GHz and remains stable, not exceeding 75C with air cooling, only when it hits 6GHz (Der8auer works in 200MHz increments) does the laptop crash.
Keep in mind this is a laptop processor, not a desktop model, so those speeds are a real eye-opener (achieved without exotic cooling).
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This once again underscores the overclocking (and performance) capabilities of Intel’s 13th generation chips (Raptor Lake), which are a huge step up from the previous generation (Alder Lake).
The thing is, overclocking isn’t for everyone, but it does sound like ROC is taking some healthy steps to make the process more widely available to desktop PC and laptop users.
As Der8auer explained, ROC is like a stripped-down version of Intel’s current XTU application (Extreme Tuning Utility), with an intuitive interface that’s easier to use than XTU.
It sounds like something that really needs to be available to everyone with an Intel CPU, but so far the company hasn’t indicated any plans to release the app. Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Even if the ROC itself isn’t available for public consumption for the first time, perhaps the interface or some functionality will find its way into the XTU. Or we’ll see different applications that have some of the capabilities of the ROC at all.
Regardless, it’s a promising glimpse into the future of overclocking, which is likely to be a less intimidating place (fears).