CPUCores was launched on Steam with the promise that it optimizes your system’s cores solely for gaming purposes. Nothing is more blissful for a gamer than having all his/her hardware running on an optimum capacity. Having uninterrupted, ever elating FPS with smooth, zero latency action unfolding on screen is all what every gamer wishes for. CPUCores claimed to be a cutting-edge Windows-based software specifically engineered to increase Frames Per Second, a crucial aspect of modern-day gaming by micro-managing the Window OS and non-essential applications and directing all your systems attention towards the gaming operations.
However soon after its release, we saw mixed critics reviews on various discussion forums. While CPUCores was greatly appraised by many, few gamers did not find it as efficient and productive as it claimed.
Therefore, we decided to jot down all there is for you to know about this gaming software so you could ultimately decide whether it is worth your investment or not.
First, we have stated what the manufactures had to say about their product while marketing along with the positive reviews we found about CPUCores.
1) DIRECT STEAM INTEGRATION
CPUCores main marketing point is that it can automatically detect all your installed Steam games along with their complete graphics, individual configuration settings, and dedicated start buttons and then further allots them to a specified UI tab. Thus it can effortlessly layer itself onto your existing Stem setup.
2) OS OPTIMIZATION
CPUCores is said to initially isolate the entire OS to the very first core. Then it scans and constrains nonessential key Windows services that hog the CPU resources to ensure an adequate balance of CPU savings without starving any key process. Simply stated, your game no longer has to share resources with the OS / other applications.
Though not every game can benefit from this which is why it’s toggled off by default.
Another dedicated UI tab lists all the background running processes, letting you notice at-a-glance about any application that could interfere with your game performance. A final “Game Probe” tab configures specific games so that CPUCores can auto-engage whenever that game is launched, even if it wasn’t launched through the CPUCores interface.
3) GAME OPTIMIZATION
If you are using an Intel CPU, the CPUCores along with isolating and dedicating processing cores exclusively for your gaming operations also provides options for game-specific hyperthreading enabling or disabling on a game-by-game basis to improve performance.
5) START RANDOM GAME OPTION
Other than looking out for your gaming cores, CPUCores also has a separate “Other Games” tab on which you can add non-Steam games and even any general, non-game applications like video editing, graphic designing and others to benefit from additional CPU resources.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
Now going through some aspects, we found negatively reviewed on multiple forums.
Firstly CPUCores does not provide its user with any visuals or overlays about how the game is progressing, therefore, it is pretty hard to observe or test the difference in performance generated by the software.
Secondly, we observed that the majority of the gamers who positively reviewed the software on its steam page had lower-end CPUs. Interpreting that employing CPUCores for an already high-end CPU does not sound much appealing.
Lastly, masses have reviewed it as selling the basic same processes that a regular CPU is already able to do. For instance, finding a list of running processes is as simple as hitting ctrl+alt+delete and selecting Task Manager. while hyper-threading can be enabled/disabled in PC’s BIOS, and games can be assigned higher priorities in the Task Manager.
CPUCores also comes with repackages version of three optional paid DLC add-ons which, again, are inherent PC functionality. Simply rebooting your system can accomplish the same task of clearing the unoptimized the RAM that the ClearMe add-on offers. Network Monitor is said to visualize network performance and quality statistics, something you can also find by using the netstat command prompt function. System Monitor provides the same information you could find by typing “system information” into your desktop’s search bar.
After going through stories from both sides we came to the conclusion that CPUCore is basically offering inbuilt existing features in a significantly user-friendly manner that can be recommended to lower-end CPUs and casual PC gamers but for high-end CPU owners paying extra dollars for very basic privileges, sounds a bit over the board. But in the end, it’s you who knows what is best for your system.