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Intel to Introduce 'Fast Throttle' Technology in Arrow Lake for Enhanced Thermal Management

kyojuro 7/9/2024

Over recent times, instability concerns with Intel's 13th and 14th generation Core K/KF/KS processors have troubled motherboard manufacturers and users alike. According to Intel's latest statement, a confirmed factor is elevated processor voltage inputs due to previous BIOS settings. These settings caused processors to operate at accelerated core frequencies and voltages despite high temperatures.

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Wccftech reports that Intel plans to enhance the thermal management of Arrow Lake CPUs by officially incorporating "Fast Throttle" technology. This new approach will offer more granular performance tuning for better thermal control. Specifically, it introduces a temperature wall mechanism for individual cores, dynamically adjusting each core's frequency based on its temperature. This means that only the cores with higher temperatures will have their frequencies reduced, leaving the other cores unaffected. This advancement is more sophisticated than previous tuning methods, allowing for precise thermal management while minimizing the impact on processor performance.

Interestingly, Intel first introduced the "Fast Throttle" technology during the Raptor Lake period, but it did not garner much attention, and details were scarcely mentioned. Additionally, user manual configuration was restricted, and Intel provided no controls until the release of Raptor Lake Refresh, which then became a tool for extreme overclockers. With the forthcoming Arrow Lake, Intel is expected to offer manual controls for the "Fast Throttle" technology right from the start, with more customization options available.

For modern desktop processors, heat dissipation remains one of the largest constraints on raw performance. Technologies like Fast Throttle can extract additional headroom, significantly improving overall performance.

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