Monday, 10 September 2007

The rebirth of the Turbo Button

I don't know how many of you are old enough to remember the first clone PC's? Well my professional track in the computer field started about the same time the PC was launched in about 1983.

The first mass sold IBM PC XT computers as they was called – ran at 4,77 Mhz.. (Yes.. Mhz...) – and so did the first clones. But it did not take the Asian clone manufactures long to add a turbo button – increasing (over-clocking) the pc to 5, 6, 7 and even 8 Mhz.

You pushed a button (the big red "Turbo Button") on the front of the computer and – voila – the computer increased the speed. The reason at that time for not running at high speed all the time, was that some software was dependent on the slow "original" speed of 4.77 Mhz. Some games did look pretty funny when processor speed doubled...

Well – at Gitex I found the Turbo Button re-incarnated – but this time in a notebook – and not to slow down games – but to slow down battery drain – and over-clock the CPU when you need it. The current generation of processors really over-clock well – and MSI is taking advantage of the over-clock possibility for a Gamers Deluxe Notebook.

So look at the pictures of the MSI notebook – a giant silver and red turbo button. Damn like fashion the IT industry seems to revolve in about 20-25 year turns. (Remember Blade's – mini mainframe technology that came a good 5 years back)

So say welcome to the MSI GX600 Extreme Edition with MSI's Exclusive Turbo Drive Technology... that turbo drives a Merom T7500 from 2.2 Ghz to about 2.8GHz.... J And btw. I know this is not "new" news – but to me it was – and I was chuckling to myself all the way to the next hall.

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