Remember the turbo switch....

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by drz01, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. drz01

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  2. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    It does exactly the same as the old one did too....
     
  3. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    yep. one computer at where my mom works still has the turbo button.
     
  4. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    Can you imagine that now, a button which slows your computer down which you press it! :s :p
     
  5. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Yep, actually, I think it's the equivalent to unplugging a laptop from AC power and running on battery. The unit will lower power consumption by running at a lower FSB and on certain laptops, turn down the backlight on the LCD (like my Sony PIII laptop.) :)
     
  6. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    it's also kinda similar to Cool N' Quiet..... minus the button on the case to press.
     
  7. LeeJend

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    Drat dragon beat me to it. Cool and quiet is just an automatic turbo switch.

    Of course as the old farts know the turbo switch was for compatibility for the early DOS games which were timed based on cpu clock speed, not system clock speed. WHee pac man on a 16mhz AT instead of an 8 mhz pc took some helacious fast reflexes. ;)
     
  8. ElementalDragon

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    you think that's bad...... try Scorched Earth on a processor in the couple hundred Mhz or 1Ghz range. THAT is some wicked stuff. take like 10 minutes just to adjust your angle and power. or just set it to all computer players and watch the carnage end in seconds.
     
  9. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I remember Wipeout 2097 never had any way of limiting the framerate - on my old 500Mhz PIII with a Geforce 2 GTS the framerate went through the roof in the hundreds! Totally unplayable of course... :)