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Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Works - What It Is and How It Works


Last Reviewed: 05-Jan-2017
Article ID: 000005647

This document shows how Intel® Turbo Boost Technology works across the processor cores if adequate power, temperature, and current headroom exist.

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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.
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Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Matrix
6th Generation Intel Core i5 Desktop Processors
Processor i5-6685R—3.20 GHz i5-6585R—2.80 GHz i5-6600T—2.70 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 3 5 6 3 5 7 8 6 6 7 8
Max Turbo Boost Frequency 3.3 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.1 3.3 3.5 3.6 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.5
Processor i5-6600K—3.50 GHz i5-6600—3.30 GHz i5-6500T-2.5 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 3 4 3 4 5 6 3 3 5 6
Max Turbo Boost Frequency 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 2.8 2.8 3 3.1
Processor i5-6500-3.20 GHz i5-6402P - 2.80 - GHz i5-6400T-2.20 - GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 6 3 3 5 6
Max Turbo Boost Frequency 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.2 3.3 3.6 3.6 2.5 2.5 2.7 2.8
Processor i5-6400-2.7 GHz 1 Bin = 100 MHz
Processor Cores Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Turbo Boost Bin Upside 4 5 6 6
Max Turbo Boost Frequency 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.3
5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Matrix
5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Processor i5-5675R - 3.1 GHz i5-5675C – 3.10 GHz i5-5575R - 2.80 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 5
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Matrix
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Processor i5-4690T – 2.50 - GHz i5-4690S – 3.20 GHz i5-4690K – 3.50 GHz
Processor Cores Dual-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 6 7 9 10 3 4 6 7 2 3 4 4
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.1 3.2 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.8 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.9
Processor i5-4690 - 3.50 GHz i5-4670T – 2.30 GHz i5-4670S - 3.10 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 2 3 4 4 6 7 9 10 3 4 6 7
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.9 2.9 3 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.7 3.8
Processor i5-4670R - 3.00 GHz i5-4670K – 3.40 GHz i5-4670 – 3.40 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 4 5 6 7 2 3 4 4 2 3 4 4
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.8
Processor i5-4590T – 2.00 GHz i5-4590S – 3.00 GHz i5-4590 – 3.30 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 6 7 9 10 3 4 6 7 2 3 4 4
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 2.6 2.7 2.9 3 3.3 3.4 3.6 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.7
Processor i5-4570T – 2.90 GHz i5-4570S – 2.90 GHz I5-4570R - 2.70 GHz
Processor Cores Dual-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores Dual-core 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 4 7 3 4 6 7 3 3 5 5
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.3 3.6 3.2 3.3 3.5 3.6 3 3 3.2 3.2
Processor i5-4570 – 3.20 GHz i5-4460T – 1.90 GHz i5-4460S – 2.90 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 2 3 4 4 4 5 7 8 1 2 4 5
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.6 2.3 2.4 2.6 2.7 3 3.1 3.3 3.4
Processor i5-4460 – 3.20 GHz i5-4440S – 2.80 GHz i5-4440 – 3.10 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 0 1 2 2 1 2 4 5 0 1 2 2
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.4 2.9 3 3.2 3.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.3
Processor i5-4430S – 2.70 GHz i5-4430 – 3.00 GHz 1 Bin = 100 MHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 4 5 0 1 2 2
Max Intel® Turbo Boost Frequency 2.8 2.9 3.1 3.2 3 3.1 3.2 3.2
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Matrix
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Processor i5-3570T - 2.3 GHz i5-3570S - 3.1 GHz i5-3570K - 3.4 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 6 7 9 10 3 4 6 7 2 3 4 4
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 2.9 3 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.8
Processor i5-3570 - 3.4 GHz i5-3550S - 3.0 GHz i5-3350P - 3.1 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 2 3 4 4 3 4 6 7 0 1 2 2
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.3 3.4 3.6 3.7 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.3
Processor i5-3550 - 3.30 GHz i5-3475S - 2.9 GHz i5-3470T - 2.9 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Dual-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 2C 1C Dual-core
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 2 3 4 4 3 4 6 7 4 7
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.2 3.3 3.5 3.6 3.3 3.6
Processor i5-3470S - 2.9 GHz i5-3470 - 3.2 GHz i5-3450S - 2.8 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 3 4 6 7 2 3 4 4 3 4 6 7
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.2 3.3 3.5 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.1 3.2 3.4 3.5
Processor i5-3450 - 3.1 GHz i5-3340 - 3.3 i5-3340S – 3.3
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 2 3 4 4 0 1 2 2 1 2 4 5
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.3 2.9 3 3.2 3.3
Processor i5-3330 - 3.0 GHz i5-3335S – 2.7 GHz i5-3330S – 2.7 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 0 1 2 2 1 2 4 5 1 2 4 5
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3 3.1 3.2 3.2 2.8 2.9 3.1 3.2 2.8 2.9 3.1 3.2
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Matrix
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Processor i5-2550K - 3.4 GHz i5-2500T - 2.3GHz i5-2500S - 2.7 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 3 4 1 5 9 10 1 5 9 10
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 2.4 2.8 3.2 3.3 2.8 3.2 3.6 3.7
Processor i5-2500K - 3.3 GHz i5-2500 - 3.3GHz i5-2450P - 3.2 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 2 3
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.5
Processor i5-2405S - 2.5 GHz i5-2400S - 2.5 GHz i5-2400 - 3.1 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 3 7 8 1 3 7 8 1 2 2 3
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 2.6 2.8 3.2 3.3 2.6 2.8 3.2 3.3 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.4
Processor i5-2390T - 2.7 GHz i5-2380P – 3.1 GHz i5-2320 - 3.0 GHz
Processor Cores Dual-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 2C 1C Dual-core 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 4 8 1 2 2 3 1 2 2 3
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.1 3.5 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.3
Processor i5-2310 - 2.9 GHz i5-2300 - 2.8 GHz 1 Bin = 100 MHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 2 3 1 2 2 3
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3 3.1 3.1 3.2 2.9 3 3 3.1
Previous Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Matrix
Previous Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors
Processor i5-760 - 2.8 GHz i5-750 - 2.66 GHz i5-750S - 2.4 GHz
Processor Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core
Active Cores 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C 4C 3C 2C 1C
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 1 4 4 1 1 4 4 0 0 6 6
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 2.93 2.93 3.33 3.33 2.8 2.8 3.2 3.2 2.4 2.4 3.2 3.2
Processor i5-680 - 3.6 GHz i5-670 - 3.46 GHz i5-661 - 3.33 GHz
Processor Cores Dual-core Dual-core Dual-core
Active Cores 2C 1C Dual-core 2C 1C Dual-core 2C 1C Dual-core
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 1 2 1 2
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.73 3.86 3.6 3.73 3.46 3.6
Processor i5-660 - 3.33 GHz i5-655K - 3.2 GHz i5-650 - 3.2 GHz
Processor Cores Dual-core Dual-core Dual-core
Active Cores 2C 1C Dual-core 2C 1C Dual-core 2C 1C Dual-core
Max Intel Turbo Boost Bin Upside 1 2 1 2 1 2
Max Intel Turbo Boost Frequency 3.46 3.6 3.33 3.46 3.33 3.46
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