Speed ​​binning, or how to get a processor to perform more without overclocking

When we speak of processors, memories or graphics cards, one of the most important data, and to which we must pay attention, is the speed of clock operation. The faster said processor, the better, usually. Many times we look at if it is unlocked to overclock, but there is another term that is overlooked, and it is speed binning, or speed binned processor .

Technology lovers, especially PC users, have the term ” overclock ” as one of those they know perfectly. Overclock means ” over the clock ” and, basically, it is the process that allows us to get more performance by forcing the processor to go a little faster. This process is done by software, raising the voltage to give more ” power ” to the processor and get scratch a few GHz more.

However, there is another term that also refers to an improvement in the speed of the processors, and it is speed binning . When the processors of elements like CPU or GPU are mass produced, not all, even if they belong to the same model and are built following the same processes, perform exactly the same.

There are processors that have a higher clock speed than others, even within, as we say, the same model. Therefore, when commercializing it, the companies take the largest sample, the most stable, and they take it as a reference to put it on sale to ensure that all are as equal as possible.

However, after this process of manufacturing and selling a processor, semiconductor companies can choose to continue researching with these processors, or take models that during the manufacturing process gave different results (higher or lower) and ” re-launch ”. Therefore, it is normal to find processors or graphics that, being the same, yield very slightly differently. This may be marked by something as basic as the quality of the silicon used to make the processor.

Now, why are we talking about speed binning now? The reason was the presentation of the ROG Phone . This is the gaming phone that Asus introduced a few days ago at Computex 2018, a terminal that mounts a SoC Snapdragon 845 . The Snapdragon 845 renders at 2.8 GHz, but the model of the ROG Phone will do it at 2.96 GHz, a slight change in frequency that will allow you to get more performance to the games.

During the presentation, the Taiwanese company emphasized the term speed binning , and not overclock, as the differentiating factor of the Snapdragon 845 they will use. And it is not that it has a factory overclock, or is ” unlocked ” to reach that frequency through a program of Asus own, but have worked together with Qualcomm to get processors of the Snapdragon 845 series more powerful , focused on a gaming terminal.

In this sense, it is appreciated that the manufacturer has chosen not only to create a mobile with a design focused on performance, something that could have achieved simply with the huge sink that has, but has been concerned with working with Qualcomm to achieve a performance improvement of the Snapdragon 845 .

In short, it may seem that overclock and speed binning is the same, but the main difference is that the manufacturer does not give any kind of guarantee when we force the processor to overclock, since this process does not enter between the parameters of the test process, and speed binning is, so to speak, an overclock more ” official ”, at least with guarantees.

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