How AMD Bulldozer Turbo CORE technology work ?

John Fruehe from AMD explain to us at AMD blog how the Bulldozer's new Turbo CORE technology work and its benifits :


We are including a new feature in “Bulldozer” that will help you take your performance up to 11. This feature, which is new to our server processors, is called AMD Turbo CORE technology and it allows you to capture that extra power headroom between average and maximum power, turning it into more clock speed. So, how does it work? Perhaps a little background about how clock speed is derived will help first.

Processors all run workloads, and to determine the clock speed, you determine what is the maximum speed that you can run the processor at before you hit the maximum amount of power allowed, the thermal design power or TDP.  TDP is the maximum allowed power consumption, but, like the maximum speed capability of your car, you will rarely ever hit TDP because most workloads don’t stress the processors the way the testing does..

AMD Turbo CORE allows customers to tap into that additional clock speed headroom by allowing the processor to rise up from the base clock speed up to the TDP level, automatically unlocking extra potential for the processor. Should the processor get too close to the power limit, it does automatically step back a bit to ensure that it is continuing to operate within the specified guidelines. This allows for significantly higher maximum clock speeds.

The chart below shows how Bulldozer allows AMD to potentially capture that lost headroom and turn it back into clock speed for the processor to utilize:
How AMD Bulldozer Turbo CORE technology work ? How AMD Bulldozer Turbo CORE technology work ? Reviewed by Maherr Live on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 Rating: 5