The flagship 14th Generation Intel Core models (Raptor Lake Refresh) are equipped with the exclusive Intel Application Optimization (APO) feature. It is based on knowledge of Thread Director technology, which, together with the new Windows 11 operating system, is responsible for the correct load distribution between the cores. Intel APO is implemented through a driver that automatically detects programs and their requests and distributes CPU resources in real time to optimize application performance.
In a conversation with TweakTown, Intel Vice President Roger Chandler noted that APO is essentially an evolution of Thread Director. However, unlike Thread Director, Intel Application Optimization only works with the programs for which Intel has created profiles in its Dynamic Tuning Technology Framework (it works in conjunction with Thread Director). Currently, APO can only be enabled in two games – Rainbow Six: Siege and Metro Exodus, where Intel claims the new technology boosts performance by 13% and 16% respectively.
Independent testing of the APO feature with the flagship Core i9-14900K processor by a Reddit forum user showthat in practice APO can offer even more significant performance improvements compared to Intel’s claims. In his case, using APO in Metro Exodus increased the game’s frame rate from 273 to 339, a 24% increase. In Rainbow Six Siege, the results were even more impressive. In-game FPS with APO increased from 659 to 867, an increase of 31%. However, it should be noted that such results are based solely on integrated in-game tests.
Intel says it will continue to evaluate games and programs that benefit from APO and will add new profiles in the future. The manufacturer does not specify whether APO support will also be available in other processors for the LGA 1700 platform.