AMD details Turbo Core auto-overclocking technology

By Jos ยท 9 replies
Apr 8, 2010
  1. With AMD on the verge of releasing their first six core desktop processors, codenamed Thuban, the company has confirmed previous speculation that they'll be introducing their own version of Intel's Turbo Boost technology along these parts. Aptly named Turbo Core, it'll provide a less sophisticated auto-overclock, whereby three out of six cores are decelerated in order to give the other trio some extra voltage and speed for more serialized workloads.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    They're really making overclocking *****-proof these days. Which is fine. I don't trust myself to O/C too much - afraid I'll blow my rig. ;)
  3. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Wow that's actually a really cool idea. A lot of software just barely takes advantage of 2 cores, so its hard to find something that takes advantage of 6. But if you running something that is really only optimized for 2, your 3 'main' cores kick into overdrive.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Um..... A cool idea? Intel has had that for a while now. And I dont get why people would even consider this. If you really NEED the speed of 6 cores you will need them to be powerful enough and when it comes to performance these wont stand a chance against the i7-980X
  5. ahh yeah... but it will be less than half the price..... derka derka...
  6. Obakemono

    Obakemono TS Rookie Posts: 22

    I thnik the price will be more like 1/3 the cost of the goldplated i7-980x. Also I don't need to buy a silver plated mobo to run it either. Meh.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    What kind of cooler are these shipping with ?

    If these CPU's are shipping with 125w TDP, what kind of power draw are they likely to pull in most desktop activity ?
    Seems strange that a CPU with three underclocked and three overclocked cores would need more voltage.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Intel's method uses a different approach... And Intel costs quite a bit more... But feel free to spout more elitist fanboy comments, it amuses many of us who are devoted to common sense and value for our money.
  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    You can turn off cores in some intel bios rigs, of course its not as simple as this idea.
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I caught that as well. I thought that it meant that it was lowering, for example, .10v from the inactive cores and raising the active three cores by .12v, or does it need to temporarily need to volt up all cores should the other three become active?
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