AMD Turbo CORE auto-overclocks Phenom II X6 CPUs

Apr 8, 2010

AMD's rumored plans to take on Intel Turbo Boost have been confirmed, with the company quietly acknowledging that their upcoming hexacore processors will support a dynamic clock boost technology called AMD Turbo CORE.  Like with the Intel system, the six-core AMD Phenom II CPUs will be able to overclock up to three heavily-taxed cores by up to 500MHz, while the remaining cores are left idle (saving power and reducing heat output).

It's a simpler system than Intel Turbo Boost, which uses more dynamic clock speed alterations, but AMD reckon the reduced complexity will mean that other CPU management technologies - such as Cool'n'Quiet - will continue to work as expected.  All Phenom II processor models will react in the same way, with a preset Turbo CORE maximum speed.

AMD are planning a Black Edition six-core Thuban processor with a basic core clock speed of "over 3GHz, substantially" and Turbo CORE support, but the technology will also be used in other six-core and four-core processors throughout the Phenom II X6 and X4 range.  Performance is expected to fall a little short of Intel's rival processors, but the AMD chips are tipped to be more competitively priced.

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