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One press from the "Turbo" button overclocks the Core 2 Duo T7200 by 20%.
MSI GX-600 notebook reintroduces the turbo button

Earlier today MSI demonstrated the new GX600 gaming notebook at Computex 2007. The GX600 packs quite a few features into its welterweight 5.7lb package. But arguably the best feature on the GX600 is the Turbo Drive Engine technology.

When the GX600 is plugged in with AC power, the push of the turbo button automatically turns on Acceleration Mode. Acceleration Mode increases the processor’s front-side bus and raises the overall clock speed by 20%. A quick press of the button a second time returns the processor back to stock clock speeds. 

Intel’s recently announced Santa Rosa platform forms the base of the MSI GX600. The MSI GX600 features Intel’s PM965 Express chipset, a Core 2 Duo processor and 802.11n wireless networking technology.

A GeForce 8600M GT graphics card delivers DirectX 10 compatible graphics. MSI equips the GeForce 8600M GT mobile graphics with 512MB of video memory. MSI pairs the GeForce 8600M GT with a 15.4” WXGA widescreen display. The MSI GX600 also features HDMI and S-video outputs for external display connectivity.

Other notable features of the GX600 include an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, Gigabit LAN, optional Bluetooth, PCMCIA Type II expansion and a separate NUMPAD on the keyboard.

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i remember...
By colonelclaw on 6/6/2007 12:11:29 PM , Rating: -1
about 15 years ago i found myself in front of a pc with a TURBO button. i sat there looking at it and thought to myself 'why in god's name would anyone NOT want a computer to run at it's fastest speed?'
i think it's safe to say the same still applies. turbo buttons were and always will be one of the dumbest features known to man

RE: i remember...
By ND40oz on 6/6/2007 12:18:29 PM , Rating: 5
Turbo button allowed gameplay/usability for games/apps that used clockspeed. If the pc was too fast, the game became unplayable because the game was coded to run in proportion to the clockspeed.

RE: i remember...
By codeThug on 6/6/2007 2:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
So.... The button was more like a "governor" on a lawn mower to keep it from going "too" fast.

That makes more sense than the notion of spraying nitrous oxide into your CPU as MSI would like you to imagine.

RE: i remember...
By Thorburn on 6/6/2007 12:19:19 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe thats in the next model.
Kicks it up to 3GHz for those extra FPS but be careful not to hold it down too long or you might crash, awesome.

I'd buy three.

RE: i remember...
By MDE on 6/6/2007 12:21:43 PM , Rating: 2
Back in the old days it wasn't uncommon for programs to sync up with the CPU clock, so when CPUs got faster those programs went into warp speed. The turbo button let you lower the clock speed for those programs and go back to full speed when you wanted it. I may not have it 100% accurate, but that is the general idea.

RE: i remember...
By BMFPitt on 6/6/2007 12:25:53 PM , Rating: 2
The only reason I can see for having "turbo" features are to save power and reduce noise. Most mobile processors have had this feature for years and didn't require the use of a button - they just downscale when the CPU is idle or near idle. Who wants to do this manually in all reality?

RE: i remember...
By omnicronx on 6/12/2007 3:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
as someone said before.. if you want an notebook that speeds up when you plug it in .. this is for you..
dont get this confused with windows vista software or whatever where they decrease and increase the multiplyer to change speeds. this computer increases the fsb by a fair margin.. 2400mhz @ 200mhzfsb (ex.. 200x14) is not as fast as 2400mhz @ 240fsb (240x10) (these are examples). A gamer or someone who needs a power hungry laptop could and probably would use this feature. and to answer why is it not just always on with power plugged in? well.. any oc;er can tell you, you cant raise fsb without increasing heat.. usually visavi cpu vcore.. so would i want this on in a laptop all the time? hell no.. it will only decrease the lifespan of your laptop

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