Intel® Application Optimization Overview


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Intel® Application Optimization determines and directs application resources in real time. This policy optimizes thread scheduling along with application threading for selected software titles and may improve performance for supported applications. System responsiveness may vary based on configuration and graphics card capabilities. Users can disable Intel Application Optimization through this software for all applications or on a per application basis if results are not as expected.

Intel Application Optimizer user interface is an optional part of the optimization technology that allows users to see what games are optimized and to turn off optimizations they do not want. Users may disable the entire application or disable specific games under Enable/Disable Individual Applications tab. The list will vary from user to user, depending on the games detected and optimized by Intel®. More applications / games will be supported by Intel Application Optimization during regular updates in future.

Note Intel Application Optimization may appear in some third-party documentation as APO.

Intel Application Optimization user interface can be downloaded through Microsoft Store*. Intel Application Optimization is currently not available for download through Intel download center.

Intel Application Optimization logo

Compact view of the application:

Compact view of the application

Expanded view with detected applications list (example only). This list will vary from user to user. Switch on the Advanced Mode to unlock enhanced support for a broader range of games. For more information, visit the support article Intel® Application Optimization with Advanced Mode.

Expanded view with detected applications list

Intel® Application Optimization Requirements

  • Supported Intel® Core™ Desktop and Mobile i5, i7 and i9 processors (Intel® Core™ 12th gen and newer). Fully supported processors are listed in the below section. All other Intel® Core™ processors 12th gen through 14th gen that are not listed below have limited support and can only be used with Advanced Mode.  
  • BIOS enablement and installation of Intel® Dynamic Tuning Technology (Intel® DTT). Intel® DTT is available through your motherboard system manufacturer. Some system manufacturers may not have the latest Intel® DTT yet to utilize the Intel® Application Optimization with Advanced Mode. If a version of Intel® DTT 11405 or later is not available, Intel® Application Optimization may not install or may install without Advanced Mode support.
  • Operating system: Windows 11*.

Verified processors supported by Intel® Application Optimization

  • All other Intel® Core™ processors 12th gen through14th gen with 6 or more performance-cores that are not listed above have limited support and can be used only with Advanced Mode.
  • Processors with less than 6 performance-cores are not supported at this this time, even with Advanced Mode.
  • Keep in mind that performance outcomes may differ and unexpected changes and performance regression could occur under Advanced Mode. However, it is easy to revert to regular system behavior by turning off Intel Application Optimization either globally or for individual applications.

Frequently asked questions

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Can Intel® Application Optimization co-exist with other overclocking tools, such as Intel® XTU? Yes, enthusiast users may wish to use Intel® Application Optimization with optimized overclocking settings from other overclocking tools for both CPU and GPU to further increase performance.
Does Intel® Application Optimization modify frequency or any overclocking settings? No, Intel® Application Optimization does not modify frequency or any overclocking settings, it works by changing the way specific games run and are scheduled by Windows*.
Why does the Intel® Application Optimization have a disable option? The disable option is provided for end-user control over their system and as a mitigation for any unexpected issues that might be found post in-game tuning. For instance, if a new revision of the game affects the current tuning parameters, it provides a no-harm option until a fix is made available.
How will an end user know that Intel® Application Optimization is running/working? Intel Application Optimization will be enabled by default on a supported system that is running Intel® DTT; it runs silently as part of the Intel® DTT driver. Some systems may have Intel Application Optimization pre-installed by motherboard vendors. Users may choose to install Intel’s under interface available in the Microsoft Store* to directly control the optimization.
Will support for Intel® Application Optimization expand to prior generation products?Yes. Intel has extended support to additional Intel Core processors 14th gen, as well as to prior generation products (12th and 13th gen) with Intel APO Advanced Mode, which is only available with Intel® DTT version 11405 or newer. Some system manufacturers may not have the latest Intel® DTT yet to utilize the Intel® Application Optimization with Advanced Mode.
Is there a list of supported applications for Intel® Application Optimization (APO)?Yes. An Intel Application Optimization list of applications/games is available for users. The list of games and optimization may vary depending on system configuration. Visit Intel® Application Optimization List of Games for more information.
Will Intel® Application Optimization be available in different languages?

Intel Application Optimization is currently offered in English, and recently, People’s Republic of China (PRC) language support was added. Future versions may include localization for more languages.

When running a gaming benchmark the results show that my processor has fewer cores than it should have, is this a problem? Intel Application Optimization allocates hardware resources to applications with the goal of improving the end-user experience. This may include allocating fewer cores to an application than are natively present in the system.
Why isn’t APO loading on my older 12th or 13th Generation-based system?

Intel Application Optimization requires BIOS enablement and Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology (Intel DTT) to be installed on the system. Ensure you have the latest BIOS that includes support (and that it is enabled in BIOS) and that Intel DTT version 11405 or newer is installed on your system before trying to install Intel Application Optimization.


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