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How to Improve Non-Intel CPU Performance on Windows

Jun 12, 2022

If you experience unusually high CPU consumption from Waves Plugins V14 and above while using a non-Intel CPU and Windows, learn how to enable MKL optimization to improve CPU performance.

We have received reports that some Waves plugins do not work well with non-Intel CPUs such as AMD Ryzen. We have found that our MKL optimization is not automatically enabled. Enabling it can solve this issue in most cases.

Important Notes:

  • This works for most Waves plugins on most non-intel CPUs, we cannot guarantee it will solve every high CPU consumption issue.
  • This is a reversable action.
  • This setting may affect other applications and plugins.
  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\Utilities
  2. Right Click on MKL_Optimization.exe utility and ‘Run as Admin’
  3. Click the ‘Enable/Disable’ button
  4. ‘MKL Optimization Status: Enabled’ should be displayed below
  5. Restart your computer

If, for any reason, this does not improve (or lowers) CPU performance of other software – please follow these steps to disable the MKL optimization.

None of the above worked? Contact Waves Technical Support.