Intel Thermal Velocity Boost: What Is It & How Does It Work?

You may have heard about Intel’s Turbo Boost technology before, but did you know they also have something called Intel Thermal Velocity Boost?

If you haven’t heard that one before, let’s take a look at what Intel Thermal Velocity Boost is, how it works, and how is it different from Intel Turbo Boost?

What Is Intel Thermal Velocity Boost?

Intel Thermal Velocity Boost is a feature available in Intel’s 10th Gen Core-i9 Desktop and Mobile CPUs as well as their Intel Xeon W-1200 lineup.

Intel Thermal Velocity Boost allows these CPUs to hit higher clock speeds than their older standard Turbo Boost processors, additional 200 MHz if the CPU is under 50 degrees, to be exact.

Intel Thermal Velocity Boost vs Turbo Boost

Additionally to its two Turbo Boost speeds, Intel CPUs are also able to boost their all-core speed with Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology. 

By detecting which CPU cores are the fastest through binning, CPUs with Turbo Boost Max have one or two fastest CPU cores. 

These cores are used for workloads that are light or single-threaded for performance improvements. 

A Turbo Boost 2.0 is a boost utilizing one core, while a Turbo Boost 3.0 boost utilizes two circuits with two cores. That allows an Intel CPU to have four more speeds besides the stock clock speed and the all-core boost. Let’s look at how they are configured.

With Turbo Boost 2.0, one core may run at a higher speed within the specifications of the CPU.

This speed is only available on two preferred cores. Power, current, and temperature specifications must be met to accomplish the Turbo Boost Max 3.0.

A single CPU core can be used to run at a faster speed than Turbo Boost 3.0 when using Single-Core Thermal Velocity Boost. 

This can only be accomplished with desktop 10th Gen CPUs that are running at or below 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit) and that the CPU is working at or below the CPU’s maximum power, current, and temperature specifications. 

Among mobile CPUs manufactured after the 10thGen, the thermal threshold across which the processor functions is 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Under certain temperature conditions, All-Core Thermal Velocity Boost can result in much faster performance on the CPU if all its cores are working. 

Please find below the specifications for the Intel Core i9-10900K and Intel Core i9-10900 in order to see these frequencies in action. In addition, you can get more information in our CPU Benchmarks hierarchy.