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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

the return of Turbo

Overclocking PC's makes sense to me. Manufacturers send out PC components clocked to certain standard speeds that make sure the components operate well for long periods of time with no errors - but usually they could go faster if a few tweaks are made, so some people (as i have done a few times) change a few settings and boost the performance of their system a bit. Simple enough.

Some manufacturers even make 'pre-overclocked' systems where they take the biggest, baddest hardware available and push it even higher. They are sold at a high premium for gamers that want the absolute best performance possible.

But what i haven't seen since the 486 era is a turbo button. But check out MSI's new videocard - the 9600GT will have a big red "Turbo" button on it that will automatically overclock the card.

Why? If the card is stable enough to run overclocked, what person in their right mind would turn the "turbo" off? It never made sense to me back in the 386/486 era either.

UPDATE: To be clear - i know why they do this. It's all psychology. Just like Spinal Tap. 11 is one higher than 10, so if my amps go up to 11, then they are louder. If my video card has a turbo button on it, then surely it is faster than some old "normal" overclocked card.


Jackson Miller said...

Power consumption? Heat generation? Fan noise?

However, I never turned it off on my old Zenith 386.

Paul Nicholson said...

I don't think anyone turned if off back in the day, and i seriously doubt anyone buying a 9600GT card is too concerned about power consumption. Heat...possibly. But if the heatsinks on the card and your case configuration are enough to run the card for a few hours playing a game, wouldn't it follow it'd be enough to leave it there?

It's all about psychology.

Turn it up to 11.

Matt Evans said...

I also find it odd that they have cable screws to the left and right of the button. Are you sure this wasn't photoshopped?

Paul Nicholson said...

i don't think it is a photoshop. Real product, real company.

Can't couch for janky manufacturing though.