Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU) is a simple Windows performance tuning application for beginners and experienced enthusiasts to overclock, monitor and load their system. Overclocking is a practical way to get the most out of your processor (CPU). This process is achieved by carefully maximizing the frequency of the CPU and balancing it with voltage adjustments to make the CPU perform above the default specifications.
This can result in increased processor performance, if done correctly, and potentially better overall computer performance as a result. However, we must not forget that changing the clock frequency or voltage may void the product warranty and reduce the stability, safety, performance, and life of the processor and other components. For a long time, overclocking was done manually through the BIOS, the basic input and output system that loads the operating system. While you can still overclock using this method, Intel has streamlined the process by offering a software solution that you can use in Windows. The Intel Extreme Tuning Utility offers a user-friendly interface and works with most modern motherboard brands and models, making it an ideal option for all-in-one overclocking. Monitoring your processor's temperature is crucial when overclocking. Fortunately, Intel XTU has built-in temperature monitoring systems and alerts you when critical levels are reached and protections are activated. One such protection is dynamic frequency scaling or thermal throttling.