It's been a long time that only Z chipset of Intel platform is mentioned while talking about overclocking (and maybe HEDT X chipset). Intel Turbo Boost is one of overclocking methods. Unlike extreme overclocking, Turbo Boost is a frequency auto-boosting technology by detecting the workload and temperature, which provides higher performance with more safety. For example, i9-10900 is basically a 2.8GHz processor, but it can boost frequency up to all-core 4.5GHz with 60% faster computing speed.
In fact, Turbo Boost technology is not only available on Z490 but also B460, H470 and H410 chipsets in 2020. There are several points need to be concerned while making the best of Turbo Boost technology on non-overclocking platforms.
Design of Power Limit
The power design of Z chipset is always more advanced and more robust to fulfill the overclocking requirement: higher power consumption and power delivery. Power limit represents how much voltage and current can be deliver to the processor. It depends on overall power design usually including CPU power connector and power phases. Higher power limit means higher frequency possibility.1 Concerning this generation, MSI has improved power design for not only Z490 motherboards’ but also entry level B460 and H410 motherboards.
This table below gives a clear power limit and current limit data of MSI’s B460 and H410 motherboards and how high a frequency they are able to achieve.
Basically all models support 180A, and some are up to 210A. Let’s take MAG B460M MORTAR as an example. While setting the current limit at 210A and power limit at 255W, an i9-10900 processor can run at 4.45GHz in PRIME95 AVX test, which is almost closed to Intel’s all core Turbo Boost SPEC 4.5GHz.
Moreover, the CineBench test results are shown below. MAG B460M MORTAR achieves at 5987 score of R20 and 2467 sore of R15, showing that the performance is closer to an overclocking MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK system.
Here is a frequency record under a 30-minute test of PRIME 95 AVX item. The frequency of MORTAR is averagely running above 4.4 GHz.
CPU frequency related factors varies. Same motherboard can run different result s with different results.
Although Turbo Boost is not critical when it comes to extreme overclocking, the thermal and air flow are still important to frequency. Both Intel and MSI have protection system to protect processor and motherboard from damage. Here is a thermal test image of MAG B460M MORTAR. Featuring Extended Heatsink Design and 7W/mK thermal pad, the maximum temperature of mosfet is under 60°C.
Besides premium onboard thermal design, CPU cooling is important as well. Intel original CPU coolers only support 65W/125W power setting. If your power limit setting is over Intel’s defaults, tower CPU coolers or AIO liquid coolers are the better solution.
Configuration: i9-10900K, air cooling and MSI GTX 1660
How to set up with my MSI motherboard?
Unlike other brand's motherboard, all MSI B460 and H410 motherboards are set at 180A / 210A as default, which means you can release the 10th Gen Core power without any BIOS setting.
Check out https://www.msi.com/Landing/intel-z490-b460-motherboard to learn more about latest Intel 400 series motherboards.