How to Boost Intel CPU?


You’ve heard of programs or apps that claim to boost your CPU that are outright lies.

However, did you know there’s actually a way to boost your Intel CPU to perform better that isn’t just a method to put Trojans, worms, viruses, and other malware into your computer?

How to Boost Intel CPU

In order to boost your Intel CPU, you need to enable the Intel Turbo Boost technology. To do this, you need to go to the “System Utilities” screen. You can launch the System Utilities screen by pressing F9 on an HPE (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) PC.

Now select “System Configuration” and go to “BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU)“, “Performance Options”, and “Intel ® Turbo Boost Technology”. Now press “Enter“. You’ll see several settings afterwards. Select one and press “Enter” to confirm.

  • Enabled: You’ve boosted your Intel CPU by enabling the logical processor cores on processors that support hyperthreading technology.
  • Disabled: Your Intel CPU isn’t boosted but at least your power usage is significantly reduced. This also reduces the system’s maximum achievable performance under certain workloads though.

After this, press F10. You’re now good to go and have saved the settings of your Intel CPU.

How Many Versions of Intel Turbo Boost Technology Are There?

There are two versions of Intel Turbo Boost. This was originally introduced back in the 2008 along with Intel® Core™ i7-9xx Processor Series. Meanwhile, Intel Turbo Boost Technology v2.0 came forth with Intel® Core™ i5-2xxx and i7-2xxx Desktop Processors back in 2011 instead.

Version 2.0 works the same way as Version 1.0. However, it’s optimized for the new micro-architecture introduced back in 2011 or more than 10 years ago. However, Turbo Boost remains in use in modern PCs.

Which Intel Processors use Intel’s Turbo Boost?

The processor families that support or feature the technology for turbo-boosting your Intel CPU include the following.

  • Intel® Core™ X-series Processors
  • Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile and Desktop Processors
  • Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile and Desktop Processors

Furthermore, this tech also supports any of the operating systems out there, whether you’re using Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. This is because it’s processor technology that’s not particular with the OS that uses it.

How Do I Check If My Processor Supports Turbo Boost?

First off, identify which Intel processor your PC has. Is it part of the family of processors mentioned above? If not, then it’s likely to not support Turbo Boost. You can also go to the Intel website for its product specification page for more details.

Just enter the processor number on the top-right search box to go to the processor page. From there, look at the Performance header and scope out the Max Turbo Frequency value.

What Is Intel® Turbo Boost Technology?

Does Intel Turbo Boost damage CPU?

Turbo boost shouldn’t hurt a CPU because it works within the CPU’s limits as long as the CPU is running at stock speed and hasn’t been overclocked. It’s not a good idea to leave turbo boost on after overclocking the CPU past its limits.

Why is my Intel CPU not boosting?

Make sure your BIOS is up-to-date, or put it back to the way it was. If Turbo is an option in the BIOS, make sure it is not turned off. It should be turned on by default, in general. Talk to the maker of your motherboard or BIOS to find out how to turn on Turbo in the BIOS.

Issues to Keep in Mind

You can run the processor core of your computer faster than the marked frequency by using Intel Turbo Boost Technology. However, the processor should run in the specification, temperature, and power limits of the TDP (Thermal Design Power).

Boosting your Intel CPU with Turbo Boost Technology should then result in increased performance of both multithreaded and single apps. You don’t need to install any app or software to support this tech.

References:

  1. Enabling or disabling Intel Turbo Boost Technology“, TechLibrary.hpe.com, Retrieved May 18, 2022
  2. Overview Information for Intel® Turbo Boost Technology“, Intel.com, Retrieved May 18, 2022

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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