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What Is GPU Boost? A Basic Definition

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GPU Boost is a term Nvidia coined to describe leveraging all of a GPU's (aka graphics card's aka video card's) potential power to maximize a display’s frame rate while you’re gaming.

In Nvidia’s own words: “Starting with our GTX 600 series and later, every application and game runs at a guaranteed, minimum base clock speed. If there’s extra power available, a Boost Clock is enabled, increasing clock speedsuntil the graphics card hits its predetermined Power Target. This dynamic clock speed adjustment is controlled by GPU Boost, which monitors a raft of data and makes real-time changes to speeds and voltages several times per second, maximizing performance in each and every application.”

This article is part of the Tom's Hardware Glossary.

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Scharon Harding

Scharon Harding is a Senior Editor at Tom's Hardware. She has a special affinity for gaming peripherals (especially monitors), laptops and virtual reality. Previously, Scharon covered business technology, including hardware, software, cyber security, cloud and other IT happenings, at Channelnomics, with bylines at CRN UK.