Intel's Turbo Boost
What is Intel Turbo Boost Technology and how does it
Intel Turbo Boost Technology is a way to
automatically run the processor core faster than the marked frequency if the
part is operating under power, temperature, and current specifications
limits of the Thermal Design Power (TDP). This results in increased
performance of both single and multi-threaded applications.
How is Turbo Boost different from overclocking a processor?
It is very different than overclocking. Turbo Boost
technology keeps the processor within Intel's
recommended operating specifications at all times, overclocking does not. Turbo boost automatically
provides the 'turbo boost' when your computer needs it, turns it off
when you don't.
"Overclocking" a processor keeps it running
beyond Intel's specs at all times thus
voiding the Intel warranty and reducing the lifespan of your processor
and motherboard! Also see our article called "Do
Not Overclock" it explains in great detail. At NTI we never
overclock any processor in our systems.
Which processor families support Intel Turbo Boost
- Intel Core i7 mobile and desktop processors
- Intel Core i7 processor extreme edition
- Intel Core i7 mobile processor extreme edition
- Intel Core i5 mobile and desktop processors
What factors influence Intel Turbo Boost Technology
While Intel Turbo Boost Technology
availability is independent of the number of active cores, the operation is
dependent on having headroom (cores operating under TDP) available in one or
more cores. The amount of time the system spends in turbo boost will
ultimately depend on workload, operating environment, and platform design.
Intel video demo of Turbo Boost Technology
Also see this video from Toms Hardware
It explains the benefits of Turbo Boost smart technology vs the risks
of overclocking. Bottom line if you are not a gamer, Turbo Boost
technology is made for you and there is no need to overclock. if you are
a gamer and have accepted the risks of reduced lifespan of the processor,
proceed at your own risk. NTI never
overclocks our processors.
QuadStation Core i7 with Turbo Boost Technology!