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Homebrew Intel Arc OC Tool Released by Legendary Overclocker

Overclocking legend Peter “Shamino” Tan, now working at Asus, has released Ark OC Tool (opens in new tab)Homemade program to overclock Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards. Unfortunately, neither Intel nor Asus endorse this utility, so it is provided as-is and should be used only at your own risk.

Even among the best graphics cards, Intel Arc doesn’t play well with popular third-party overclocking software like MSI Afterburner, Asus GPU Tweak III, or EVGA Precision X1. Being new to the graphics card game, it’s puzzling that Intel didn’t make their graphics cards work with external overclocking applications, or at least reach out to the respective parties to guide them through support. Arc owners have been using Intel’s Arc Control software to overclock their graphics cards. Arc Control isn’t a bad tool, but it certainly has its limitations.

Tan uses Arc OC tools Intel Graphics Control Library (opens in new tab) (IGCL), this software comes with all overclocking features available as of January 9th. The program can be downloaded from overclocking expert Pieter-Jan Plaisier’s SkatterBencher. website (opens in new tab).

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware with various apps and utilities)

Arc OC Tool supports offset and static (locked) overclocking. The former takes advantage of the graphics card’s voltage-frequency curve, while the latter allows consumers to adjust their specific voltage and frequency. For now, Intel’s own Arc Control software only allows offset overclocking, so the static feature is exclusive to Tan’s homebrew software.

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