Find out what the “Turbo Boost” technology is, present in Intel processors used in iMacs, Macs mini and MacBooks [Air/Pro]

Apple was the first computer manufacturer to incorporate, in March 2009, Intel's “Nehalem” processor line, the first equipped with its technology Turbo Boost.

Since then we have been through the "Sandy Bridge" and now with the "Ivy Bridge", the third generation of chips from Intel, this technology has also evolved into its 2.0 version.

But what would the Turbo Boost be?

Intel Core i5

The idea of ​​technology to temporarily and dynamically increase the clock (the call Overclocking) of chips when they are working below their power and temperature limits, thus giving more processing power to the machine without impairing its efficiency.

Currently, all iMacs, Macs mini, MacBooks Air and MacBooks Pro use chips with the built-in technology.

The top-of-the-line iMac has an Intel Core i5 chip quad-core 3.2GHz, but with Turbo Boost you can go up to 3.6GHz an increase of 13%.

J the busiest MacBook Pro has an Intel Core i7 quad-core 2.7 GHz, which can reach 3.7 GHz in this case, the absurd jump 37%!

The interesting thing about Turbo Boost is that it can be activated when the computer is using a single core (giving it extra gas and disabling others), as well as with two or more including all available for processing.

To those who are already asking: no, it is not possible to manually activate or deactivate this technology on Macs.

All done automatically, by OS X itself.

For those who want to know more, Intel has a page specially dedicated to Turbo Boost on its website.

Today Apple does not use any AMD processor on its Macs, but it is worth noting here that the manufacturer also has a similar technology from Intel, called Turbo CORE.

(tip from Lucas Caton)