Asus’ renowned overclocking expert Peter “Shamino” Tan has come up with a new tool for Intel’s Arc graphics cards, known as the Arc OC tool (opens in new tab) (through Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab)). This is the first overclocking tool made by a third party that works with Intel’s GPUs.
Overclocking Arc graphics is already possible thanks to those from Intel Bow control (opens in new tab) app. But that is a relatively limited tool. Meanwhile, popular third-party tools, including MSI’s Afterburner, don’t support Intel cards so far.
Although Tan is an Asus employee, the Arc OC Tool is said to work with all Intel Arc graphics cards, regardless of vendor. However, the tool is not an official release from Intel or even Asus and comes with an explicit “use at your own risk” warning.
Arc OC Tool supports both conventional static overclocking with the GPU locked to a certain frequency and offset overclocking. The latter hooks into the GPU’s voltage curve and adjusts the frequency directly.
The tool comes with a specific warning that manual tension settings are problematic. When in doubt, our advice is: not sensitive or if something can pop. Maybe just your Intel GPU, or maybe your entire PC.
You won’t get there with a little overclocking, of course Intel Arc A770 (opens in new tab) in a NVIDIA RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) killer. But tools like these are another step in Intel Arc’s journey to become a truly competitive player in the gaming graphics market. Every little bit helps, as they say.