Article ID: 000029339 Content Type: Troubleshooting Last Reviewed: 07/26/2021

My Intel® Core™ Processor Does Not Reach the Maximum Turbo Boost Frequency

Environment

windows1064bit

All Intel® Processors

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Summary

Possible causes of why the CPU does not reach the maximum frequency (Turbo frequency).

Description

Issues encountered:

  • The processor frequency is lower than the Intel® Turbo Boost frequency listed in the Product Specifications page for the processor.
  • Why is my system not reaching the Turbo max frequency? How do I fix it?
Resolution

Processors do not run at their maximum frequency all the time. The processor automatically selects the best frequency depending on the workload demand. If workload demand is high and there are no physical constraints, then the processor may operate at or close to the turbo frequency.

Ensure the following:

  1. Make sure that your system does not have physical constraints that will prevent the processor from reaching its  max turbo frequency. Examples of physical constraint of the processor could be power delivery and thermal solution.
    • Make sure your processor thermal cooling solution is appropriate for your system.
  2. Make sure your BIOS is up to date and / or reset BIOS to its default.
  3. Make sure the Turbo option (if available in the BIOS) is not disabled. In general, it should be enabled by default.  Consult your motherboard/BIOS manufacturer on how to enable Turbo in the BIOS.

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