Asus Dual Intelligent Processors Review
Published: 19th October 2010 | Source: Asus | Price: |
Largely speaking, the TPU deals with performance enhancement. This is split up into a small handful of tools. On this page, we will discuss some of the TPUs key features.
Turbo Unlocker is a feature that offers a degree of Turbo Boost on processors that don't otherwise have it; this applies to both Intel and AMD processors. Processors which already have a form of Turbo receive extended gains as Turbo Unlocker can boost frequencies regardless of the number of processor cores in use.
The notion of energy savings haven't been thrown out of the window either as Turbo Unlocker will adjust the system multiplier of each CPU core to ensure that a fair compromise between power efficiency and performance is met.
This feature can be used with a far more substantial tool...
TurboV - Auto & Manual Tuning
For years, it has been a requirement to overclock manually in order to achieve sensible performance gains. This is because automated overclocking tools weren't very clever...until now.
Asus claims that the TurboV's Automated Tuning utilises Artificial Intelligence to achieve impressive results. As the software talks with the stand-alone TPU device, it has the brains to automatically adjust CPU BCLK, Multiplier, DRAM Ratios, Timings and Voltages. Furthermore, it is also possible to further tweak an overclock using the manual options.
This does sound rather clever, but what exactly will it do to our Core i3 530 processor.
After initiating the tool, the system powered down and shortly rebooted and returned to the Windows 7 operating system. Within a space of two minutes, the TPU had applied a configuration of 192BCLK * 20x and a reduced memory ratio to an effective frequency of DDR3-1536. For this, the tool had assigned a voltage of ~1.275V, which is very much in line with the requirement for this particular sample.