The Intel X series chips have been detailed and we have found out that Turbo Boost Max 3.0 will have a big role to play when competing against AMD CPUs. Intel will find Turbo Boost Max 3.0 very useful as this means that CPUs will be able to boost to more than 4.0 GHz. This can be useful in games. According to reports, the i7-7980XE will be able to boost higher than 4.5 GHz.
Turbo Boost Max 3.0 selects one or two of the best available cores and boosts these cores up significantly. This leads to a better single core and dual core performance. Why is this great for gamers you ask? Most of the AAA titles that we play today aren’t too well optimized for more cores, they take advantage of higher frequency rather than higher core count.
That is why the Ryzen 7 can be compared to Kaby Lake-X CPUs even though Ryzen 7 has much more cores. AAA games are rarely optimized for higher core count and even then games do not use more than 4 cores and 8 threads. Turbo Boost Max 3.0 will take the following into account:
- Type of workload
- Number of active cores
- Estimated current consumption
- Estimated power consumption
- Processor temperature
This will give Intel an edge in games that are optimized for lower core count and applications that use single threaded performance more than multiple threaded performance. Intel CPUs with 6 CPUs and more feature this technology. As of right now, all this is great in theory but we will have to see how well this technology is implemented in real tests.
We will see how games are affected by Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and how this technology gives an edge to Intel CPUs in real world applications and tests. These upcoming CPUs might be able to take on the AMD chips.
Let us know what you think about Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and whether or not this is something that you are interested in.