Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Wed 20th Aug 2008 17:13 UTC, submitted by Vito Melecka
Intel Intel unveiled a power gate feature incorporating a "turbo" mode for its upcoming Nehalem family of processors. With the turbo mode, in a situation where not all the cores are necessary for a particular workload, the ones that are idle will be turned off and power is channeled to the cores that are active, making them more efficient. Intel also showcased the Nehalem-EX for the expandable server market, which consists of eight-core processors on a single die.
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Turbo button!
by Ventajou on Thu 21st Aug 2008 01:00 UTC
Ventajou
Member since:
2006-10-31

For a minute I thought we were going to see the comeback of the good old Turbo button. The fancy digital display that used to show the cpu frequency could now show how many cores are active.

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RE: Turbo button!
by John Blink on Thu 21st Aug 2008 02:10 in reply to "Turbo button!"
John Blink Member since:
2005-10-11

I am sure some case accessories company will create a digital display so you know what is happening. They might even include a button that interfaces with software installed in Windows to manually control this feature. (if at all possible).

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RE: Turbo button!
by AdamW on Thu 21st Aug 2008 07:27 in reply to "Turbo button!"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

Ventajou: same thing I was thinking ;) I guess remembering the *original* turbo button makes us old now...sigh. I think the last system I had that had one was a 486/33. The turbo button cut it down to 16.

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RE: Turbo button!
by Kroc on Thu 21st Aug 2008 08:49 in reply to "Turbo button!"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

At the end of the day, the Turbo button was good for consumers. It gave them the feeling they were getting something great. The computer was noticeably "faster" with the Turbo on (despite the fact the whole situation was in fact reversed)

Consumers will believe just about anything if it's put out in front of them and they surmise what it does themselves.

This is why, even through regular consumers don't know any of the technical details at all, there's a widespread disdain for Vista because to them, it's not the same as they're used to, and therefore can't be as good.

Pleasing a consumer is a genuinely difficult thing.

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