When it comes to overclocking software, our needs are fairly simple. We’ll need a program for stress testing, and one for monitoring system information such as temperatures, as well as an application for verifying our overclock. There are many different applications that can do this but the one we’ll be using in our guide is Intel’s own Extreme Tuning Utility, as it provides a complete solution with all our needed features and offers full support for X99 and Haswell-E processors, and has the added bonus of being completely free.
INTEL EXTREME TUNING UTILITY
Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility is a convenient application made specifically for Intel processors. It offers a full range of monitoring, benchmarking and stress testing utilities and will even allow you to do some fairly advanced overclocking from within application, without having to go into your motherboard’s BIOs or UEFI.
As soon as we launch the Tuning Utility, we’ll be shown the “System Information” screen. Here we’ll find useful information such as processor frequency, as well as CPU temperature and utilization. On the menu on the left side, we’ll see a lot of options, the one we’re most interested in for our purposes is “Stress Test”, as we can use it to test our system after overclocking to ensure stability.
This is also very useful if you’ve just recently built your system and want to make sure it is running stable.
For those of you that don’t like being tied to an Intel specific software, there are plenty of other options but the best one that we can think of is AIDA64.
AIDA64 is a diagnostic and benchmark suite, which features everything you’ll need for ensuring you have a stable system after overclocking. Use AIDA64 CPUID to verify your settings, then use the System Stability Test, for monitoring CPU temperature and ensuring stability once overclocked.