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Intel Will Only Display Single Core Turbo Boost 3.0 For CPU Specifications

Turbo boost is one of the prime features that we all love in Intel processors. The company recently made an announcement, that was unexpected and confusing at most. They’ve made it clear that they will not be specifying all-core turbo boost frequencies in their product specifications replacing it with turbo boost 3.0 listing.

Intel will only show the base frequency of all cores and the turbo boost 3.0 frequency of a single core. They claimed it as a marketing and sales strategy and they’re aligning communications to be consistent. They believe that all Turbo frequencies are opportunistic and can only reach their full potential, depending up on system configuration and workloads.

There are three types of clock frequencies in a processor.

  • The base clock.
  • The all-core turbo (Turbo Boost 2.0)
  • The single core max turbo (Turbo Boost 3.0)

Intel has decided to remove the Turbo Boost 2.0. So a Core i7 8700 is now being listed as a 4.7 GHz processor with turbo boost. But considering that’s just one thread, the actual 6 core Turbo boost is 4.3 GHz. Why would they remove it right? See the picture for reference:

8700k specs

But it depends on the company and they can do whatever they want with their product specifications. The step has been applied to all the processors. The Latest Intel 8th Gen. Coffee Lake CPUs have the same changes. The Turbo 2.0 boost of 6 cores is hidden from specifications page. See the chart for reference:

turbo boost 2.0 hidden

The single core Turbo Boost 3.0 is basically really useful for applications that don’t utilize multi-cores as effectively as the single core of CPU. There are a number of games as well that work better on a processor with more clock speed over a processor with more cores. Higher number of cores are mostly utilized by work related applications such as editing, decryption, encryption, processing software.

Turbo boost 3.0 will basically show the highest clock a single core will reach, instead of showing the highest clock multiple cores will reach together. Like from the chart it is evident that a Core i5 8400 has a 6 cores boost of 3.8GHz but 1 core boost of 4.0 GHz will be showing in CPU specifications.