IN­TEL’S EX­TREME TUN­ING UTIL­ITY

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You can ac­tu­ally do a fair amount of this from the desk­top, us­ing In­tel’s Ex­treme Tun­ing Util­ity (XTU). It’s a neat piece of free­ware de­vel­oped by In­tel, which en­ables you to ad­just a va­ri­ety of set­tings from the desk­top. You can ad­just the mul­ti­plier, base clock, and volt­ages, and ap­ply these set­tings di­rect from the desk­top. You still face sim­i­lar in­sta­bil­ity is­sues once you push the mul­ti­plier higher, but it does save time, as you don’t need to restart your rig ev­ery time you ap­ply new set­tings.

The only ma­jor down­sides are to do with how you ap­ply the core volt­age. By de­fault, In­tel’s XTU sets it to “Adap­tive” (think “Auto”)—to change this, you have to ad­just the “Core Volt­age” fig­ure to the right (we rec­om­mend 1.0V for any Sky­lake-X chip), then change the “Core Volt­age Mode” from “Adap­tive” to “Static,” and ad­just the “Core Volt­age Off­set” by the in­cre­ments we men­tion in the main tu­to­rial.

It even de­tects whether you’ve made any changes in BIOS and ap­plies them di­rectly to the same set­tings on desk­top, and in­cludes its own stress tests and in­te­grated bench­marks, along with a plethora of mon­i­tor­ing tools.

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