Raspberry Pi, the tiny computer that has struck a chord with the programmers and tech geeks around the world, is getting a very significant upgrade from Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The new upgrade is being touted as the ‘turbo mode’ upgrade and quite rightly so since it allows you to squeeze another 50% extra performance out of this credit-card sized computer.
The 1GHz turbo mode upgrade allows the user to choose the 1GHz option when selecting overclock presets in raspi-config. According to the statement released by Raspberry Pi Foundation, “We are happy that the combination of only applying turbo when busy, and limiting turbo when the BCM2835′s internal temperature reaches 85°C, means there will be no measurable reduction in the lifetime of your Raspberry Pi.”
However, it depends whether or not your particular Raspberry Pi can handle the 1GHz overclock option. As per the statement, it depends on the type of Raspberry Pi you have as well as its power supply.
The official statement further said, “If you choose too high an overclock, your Pi may fail to boot, in which case holding down the shift key during boot up will disable the overclock for that boot, allowing you to select a lower level.”