The Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, known to many PC enthusiasts and overclockers as simply XTU, is a versatile, highly integrated and easy to use benchmark application co-developed by Intel and HWBOT. One of the reasons it was developed was to raise awareness with PC enthusiasts regarding just how easy it is to improve system performance, negating the need to enter BIOS, instead offering a fluid UI that shows you exactly what’s happening under the hood of your PC while offering plenty of options to make improvements.
Perhaps a more important motivation for the development of XTU however, was an attempt to re-position overclocking to appeal to a broader audience, one that included DIY PC builders, enthusiasts and, perhaps most significantly, PC gamers. Overclocking in the traditional sense as many people understood it back at the turn of the millennium, was a highly esoteric pastime enjoyed by a small band of PC enthusiasts who would be willing to spend enormous amounts of cash on high-end hardware that they would push to the absolute maximum in pursuit of performance, even if it ended with blown components getting thrown in the trash. XTU has become pivotal in changing that perception, helping to grow the overclocking scene in way that few could imagine possible.