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Do most motherboards offer MCE (Multi-Core Enhancement)? Turbo boost in all cores?

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March 4, 2014 2:59:03 PM

Hello. I was considering getting a Xeon E3-1230 V3 and saw that it can go up to 3.7ghz with Turbo Boost feature on motherboards but someone mentioned looking for motherboards that have MCE (Multi-Core Enhancement) so that all cores will be run at that speed from another post and I just wanted to confirm which motherboard would have this.

"From Other Post

I believe the turbo is on by default on most motherboards, so you should be achieving 3.7GHz. If you want all cores/threads to run at 3.7GHz when at full load (100% usage) then you need a motherboard with an MCE (Multi-Core Enhancement) option in the BIOS, I believe most ASRock boards (i was informed that the Z87 Pro3 does) have this and honestly most reputable brands/models probably will. Normally I believe at 100% usage the clock speed would drop to 3.5GHz or somewhere in that region, and I think this occurs with all intel chips. The MCE option would circumvent that. "

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I was going to get an Asus Z87k

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

but since he mentioned that one specific AsRock motherboard, I may go for that unless the Asus has this feature too?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for letting me know how to take advantage of the additional speed offered by Turbo Boost. That would be nice if all 4 cores could perform at that level.

If you know of a motherboard that offers MCE, do let me know. Have a great day! :) 
a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 3:00:38 PM

well, if there is an overclocking option, then it will be for all of the cores.
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 4:39:16 PM

Agreed, you can get a OC capable CPU, but if the board doesn't support OC then you won't be able to. Conversely the same thing, you can have a OC capable Mobo, but if you dont' have the right CPU then your not able to OC it. Now some cores (like in laptops) are purposefully 'slower' until a demand is set, this is to help save battery power when you don't need to be 'full power' just looking at webpages and such.

Why a XEON? If this is for gaming, you be better served using a i7 then a XEON. The XEON best works for Video/Rendering software (AutoCad, Maya, etc.) not 'gaming rendering', and as a Server to handle multiple requests at the same time
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 6:33:22 PM

agreed, go with an i7.
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 6:36:11 PM

Yes, the I7 would be the best bet due to that Xeon's are mainly optimized for server pcs.
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a b V Motherboard
March 5, 2014 11:37:51 AM

well, the xeon is made for servers, not gaming. the i5 and i7 are mostly made for gaming, and will actually give you better preformance at a lower cost.
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