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Turbo Boost Technology 2.0???

Posted on 2012-03-23
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I'm looking at buying a motherboard:

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The only thing I see that it doesn't have compared to other ones is it doesn't have Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.

What exactly is it? And is it worth paying more for other motherboards that have it?

Thanks!
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Question by:Pancake_Effect
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by:Raymond Peng
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It depends on what you're using it for.  If you like to overclock or an intense gamer then you might feel justified in paying extra for it.  How much extra are you paying?  Turbo Boost Tech is intel's technology stating it increases the internal clock to run at a faster rate.  This in turn makes the CPU run hotter / lower depending on the activity you're doing on the machine.  Again if you are not big on overclocking.  Basically it helps overclock your processor automatically.

http://guidesk.com/intels-turbo-boost-technology-not-a-mystery/

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html
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by:Raymond Peng
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You could save the money and just upgrade the components you would more likely use.  Perhaps upgrading the video card or more RAM to suit your needs.
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I don't overclock for the most part. The most I do in terms of resource intensive programs is photoshop and video games like Battlefield 3.

I'm saving about 50 bux to not have this feature. So your probably saying it worth investing it in a gpu or memory
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by:Raymond Peng
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I would save that 50$ and upgrade yourself to an extra 8gb worth of memory (assuming your mobo supports it, and you're utilizing 64bit OS).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

you'll see much more performance with this upgrade.
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Thanks sounds good! So I'm curious is it worth even getting more than 8 gigs?

For example this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231456

For what I'm going to be using it for anyways? If not, who would benefit with having that much other than for server task?
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by:Raymond Peng
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i just checked the specs on the Mobo - it utilizes an i7 so you would have a very powerful processor already.  Might as well spend that money on something else.
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yep I plan on getting the Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz
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I would say if you'd like to experiment - let's say one day you want to test numerous builds using VMs then yes, I would purchase more.  They are relatively cheap at this point so there's no rush.  If you run numerous programs / VMs then for 50$, it's a good deal!

They have single 8gb RAM modules so that's even better - save some of those slots for future usage (again check the compatibility).

You could probably upgrade to a Blu-Ray player as well (most likely closer to the 100$ range)
But IMO, you don't need the Turbo.
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Turbo Boost 2.0 is a feature that's on the CPU, not the motherboard. The Biostar TPOWER X79 motherboard still allows Turbo Boost 2.0 to function. The newer Intel CPUs use Turbo Boost as a method of overclocking, and as this motherboard supports overclocking, must support Turbo Boost.

Basically, Turbo Boost dynamically overclocks your CPU based on current usage, and how many cores are being used. It can speed up tasks that aren't well threaded, and can usually overclock up to 4 speed bins on single or dual core tasks.
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Thanks for the help!
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