AMD explains Bulldozer’s new “Turbo CORE” technology

AMD explains Bulldozer’s new “Turbo CORE” technology

In a recent blog post written over on the official AMD blog, the company’s own director of product marketing John Fruehe, himself, goes onto explain just what sort of awesomeness the boys in the labs are injecting into the upcoming Bulldozer chip. The brand spanking new tech that will be making its debut in this line of processor will known as “Turbo CORE” and it will allow for, you guessed it, you to get some insane figures out of your CPU’s clock speeds.

Fruehe explains the benefits of this new tech better than I ever could. Here’s a few quotes from the main man himself:

“AMD Turbo CORE allows customers to tap into that additional clock speed headroom by allowing the processor to rise up from the base clock speed up to the TDP level, automatically unlocking extra potential for the processor. Should the processor get too close to the power limit, it does automatically step back a bit to ensure that it is continuing to operate within the specified guidelines. This allows for significantly higher maximum clock speeds.”

  • Up to 500MHz of additional clock speed available with all cores active. This means even with 16 cores active with server workloads, all cores can boost at the same time. For those customers that want to maximize their performance, they now have the tools to do it.
  • Even higher boost states available with half of the cores active. We’re not stating exactly how high processors can boost with AMD Turbo CORE, but obviously if there is room for up to 500MHz with all cores active, fewer active cores would obviously mean less power, and more headroom to recapture with AMD Turbo CORE. At launch you will see processors marketed with a base and a maximum frequency, base will reflect the actual clock speed on the processor and max will reflect the highest AMD Turbo CORE state.
  • AMD Turbo CORE is deterministic, governed by power draw, not temperature as other competing products are. This means that even in warmer climates you’ll be able to take advantage of that extra headroom if you choose. This helps ensure a max frequency is workload dependent, making it more consistent and repeatable.
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