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Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Frequency Table for Intel® Core™ i7 Processors


Last Reviewed: 10-Jun-2016
Article ID: 000006652

What is Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and how does it work?
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.

The chart below illustrates how Intel Turbo Boost Technology works across the processor cores if adequate power, temperature, and current headroom exists.

You can learn more about this technology by clicking on the links below:

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Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition Turbo Boost frequencies
Processor i7-5960X - 3.00 GHz i7-4960X - 3.60 GHz
Processor cores Eight-core Six-core
Active cores 6-8C 5C 4C 3C 2C 1C 6C 5C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology bin upside 3 3 3 3 5 5 1 1 2 3 3 4
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequency 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.9 4
Processor i7-3970X - 3.50 GHz i7-3960X - 3.30 GHz
Processor cores Six-core Six-core
Active cores 6C 5C 4C 3C 2C 1C 6C 5C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology bin upside 2 2 3 3 5 5 3 3 5 5 6 6
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequency 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 4 4 3.6 3.6 3.8 3.8 3.9 3.9
Processor i7-990X - 3.46 GHz i7-980X - 3.33 GHz
Processor cores Six-core Six-core
Active cores 6C 5C 4C 3C 2C 1C 6C 5C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology bin upside 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequency 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.73 3.73 3.46 3.46 3.46 3.46 3.6 3.6
Processor i7-975 - 3.33 i7-965 - 3.20
Processor cores Four-core Four-core
Active cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology bin upside 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequency 3.46 3.46 3.46 3.6 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.46
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