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Intel makes available a Turbo Boost monitoring gadget for Core i5/i7 CPUs

Let's you see when Turbo Boost is doing its thing
By: Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs News | Posted: Dec 14, 2009 3:46 am

As many of you know, Intel's crop of Core i5 and Core i7 processors has a new feature called Turbo Boost which can significantly increase the clockspeed of singular cores on the processor on-the-fly depending on what is being asked of the processor at a given time.


This is designed to function transparently and give the CPU a good kick in the pants when applications and games call upon extra grunt. But for users wanting to see exactly what mode the processor is in and when Turbo Boost is influencing performance, Intel has now made it possible to monitor this with a new gadget that can be installed into the Windows Gadget Gallery and be shown in the sidebar on Vista and Desktop on Windows 7.




The downside of the first version of this monitoring tool is that it's only able to display a single number which corrosponds to the fastest running core at the time, not individual clockspeeds across all the cores.


Anyhow, if you'd like to give it a whirl, you can download the 18MB installer here folks.


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