Getting Started With XTU
XTU Profile Sharing: Upload, Download and Test (and what if it goes wrong?)
Welcome To Intel XTU
Welcome to the wonderful world of Intel XTU and its integration at HWBOT. In a joint effort between Intel and HWBOT, we present you a fully integrated overclocking software application which allows you to analyze your own configuration, share and find overclock settings from users around the world and hype your own achievements through social media. Intel XTU and the HWBOT integration aims to facilitate overclocking for beginners and novice users as well as give advanced overclocking community and its power users a platform to show their overclocking skills and knowledge.
Here are a couple of quick links for your convenience:
- Download: click
- Your XTU Profiles: XTU Zone > My Profiles
- XTU Hall of Fame OC Records
- XTU Benchmark Records
- XTU Support Forum
What is the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility?
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (“XTU”) is an software application that allows you to finetune the settings of your Intel K- and X-sku processor. Using the various frequency, voltage and other knobs you can fully customize your configuration in terms of power consumption and computing performance. Intel XTU is available for download at the Intel Download Center and can be loaded on any Intel system with a 2nd Generation Intel Core processor and a chipset that supports overclocking.
For a full compatibility list, please refer to HWBOT Testlab section: click
XTU and HWBOT Integration – YOUR Helping Hand For Overclocking!
The XTU software application has been available for download since Nehalem, but only as standalone overclocking tool. Since June 2013, along with the launch of the 4th Generation of Intel Core processors (Haswell), HWBOT and Intel are cooperating on making the XTU experience available to a wider audience. With deeply integrated features, XTU now allows you to explore the world of overclocking at your own pace, with downloadable overclocking profiles as a holding hand to guide you through the first steps. There are three main aspects to the integration:
- 1) Share you system specifications and overclock
- 2) Compete in Intel XTU rankings and competitions
- 3) Analyze your system and learn how to improve your overclock
In the next sections, we will go over the three main features of the XTU HWBOT integration.
Getting Started With Overclocking!
The main objective of integrating the features of the XTU overclocking software utility and the HWBOT community website is to help people who are new to overclocking. Through the Analyze functionality, the HWBOT community can help you understand the basics behind overclocking, give you an indication of how good your overclock is and provide you with tips and hints on how to improve your overclock through the XTU profile sharing.
How does it work?
To get started, open the XTU software application and go to the Benchmark tab. Click Run to have XTU test your system configuration – XTU will now load a Prim95 based test in the background and check the performance level of your system. When the benchmark is finished, your system will have a score. To continue, click Compare at HWBOT. This will bring you to the online part of the XTU experience.
Once you have opened the HWBOT site and logged in to your account, click on Analyze. The HWBOT engine will now check the various parameters of your (automatically) uploaded profile such as hardware configuration and performance index. You will be forwarded to a Analysis page for your XTU profile. This page contains a chart to visualize the quality of your overclock. On this page, you can select any profile to download. Hoover over the dots on the XTU line and click to select. Below the graph, you will then find a link to download the profile.
Share Your Configuration
The Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility makes it very easy to share your system ánd overclocking configuration with your friends and family. Simply run the benchmark and click Compare Online. Choose for the Share Configuration option and you get a personalised page for your system.
You can easily share this page via Facebook and Twitter!
Join The World of Competitive Overclocking
The Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility comes with an integrated benchmark to estimate your system’s performance level. Next to serving as a point of reference to compare the various overclocking profiles, the benchmark score is also used to keep track of who has the fastest system. Via XTU, you can easily participate in teh HWBOT XTU benchmark rankings and, who knows, grab a golden cup in the process!
To join the XTU benchmark rankings you can simply run the benchmark, click Compare Online and continue by clicking Compete on the HWBOT website. Your score is added to the benchmark ranking.
Save Your Profile or Score.
In order to save a profile or benchmark score to later upload to HWBOT, go to the Benchmark tab and click Run. When the benchmark popped up a score, click on Safe on the right side of the application, right under the profile settings list. XTU will now save the profile with score within the software application. Once saved, go to the Profile tab to export the profile to your local disk.
You can uploaded the exported profile here: http://hwbot.org/submit/benchmark/xtu/
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Will using this software void my warranty?
The standard warranty agreement does not change – Intel does not warrant overclocking. HWBOT is a community site for overclockers, made and maintained by overclockers. We don’t care about warranty and overclock anyway. HWBOT is not responsible for any failures before, during and after testing XTU profiles hosted at the site. All overclocking happens at your own risk.
Will this work on my system?
The Intel XTU sofware application will work on any P67, Z77, X79 and Z87 system, provided that the mainboard BIOS supports this application. There are different levels of BIOS support, going from basic support of the benchmark, over medium support of on-the-fly overclocking to full support with fully compatible online profile sharing. Certifications for compatible XTU mainboards are being issued on a per-board basis by the HWBOT Test Lab. For more information, please visit our XTU support page.
This software doesn’t work, it is broken!
Although we are fully aware software is never perfect and therefore XTU might contain a bug or two, it is possible that your bug is not caused by the software. XTU support relies on the mainboard development teams to provide sufficient support from the BIOS in order to have the full support for XTU. See question #2.
For bug report and other questions, feel free to pass by in our forums.
Is there a list of supported configurations?
Yes, find the list here: .
I downloaded a profile and it didn’t work, what now?
No need to panic, everything is just fine. After all, overclocking will always be partially troubleshooting. That is what makes it fun and interesting. In case the downloaded profile did not work, you can always try another one.
Can I use this software without internet connection?
Yes, you can. XTU will work as a standalone software overclocking utility and allow local on-the-fly changes even if you are not connected to the internet. You can also save a benchmark score locally and upload manually to HWBOT later.
I like this software so much, how can I donate?
The only form of donation we accept is spreading the love for overclocking. If you like this software and the integration, tell your friends, family, co-workers and pets about it! The more love for overclocking, the better!
What does the score mean?
Nothing. Well, not nothing but very little. The XTU benchmark score does not reflect any real world workload and is not designed to be used in reviews or as meaningful performance comparison tool. It is designed to quickly assess your configuration’s performance and compared to similar overclocked configurations. We use the performance index to visualize progress and provide users a simpler interface for overclocking.
Simply said, higher is better. That is all you need to know.
I just flashed the BIOS and XTU does not read out the values anymore!
It may happen that after a bios flash XTU will no longer display all the information after a BIOS flash. It is possible that the new BIOS has less support for XTU, but it might also be due to the need of a power cycle. A power cycle can be performed by simply shutting down your system, unplugging the power cable, wait for a couple of seconds and then plug the power back in. After the power cycle, the information may be restored.