The only way to find out if the Intel Turbo Boost Technology is or not enable will be on BIOS.
This feature comes enable by default in our motherboards, but in your case, it may be disable by your computer manufacture.
I recommend you to post your inquire on Dell community or get in contact with this company so they can explain you how to enable this technology.
Thats the problem. Turbo boost IS enabled in the BIOS but it doesn't seems to ever work.
My BIOS was just updated to A03 but that didn't seem to help
I have contacted the Dell Community, but I haven't received any help.
So I disabled CPU stepping (locking into max performance mode) in the BIOS, and now my cpu is performing at max CPU Turbo Boost! (I'm monitoring CPU clock with Argus Monitor). This seems to solve my problems!
Strangely, when I plug or unplug the power supply, or fiddle with the Power Plans, the CPU clocks will change, seemingly at random. Sometimes when i plug in the power cable they will fall from max boost of 3.8 to no boost but max clock of 2.8, and be locked there, and then go back to max boost when i adjust power settings, or sometimes they will become unbound and bounce around based on demand (like i expected they were supposed to). However my problem is fixed, however strange the results may be.
This was a very unusual way to troubleshoot your system Hunger993, however I'm glad you were able to solve the issue.
Im starting to get to the bottom of the whole fiasco. So I was looking around at what might cause speedstep to be locked into minimum performance level. I looked once more through my power settings, and noticed i couldnt find the settings for min and max processor state.
so with the help of these fine people: Power Options - Add or Remove "Min/Max processor state"
I discovered something most curious.
Now I belive i have found the problem (this behavior happens in all of the power plans including if i try to make a new one) and i cant change them. This will require more digging. but i think i found the problem.
I have the weirdest computer problems sometimes.
I need desperate help...
I have the same exact laptop as yours (good taste!). I ran Argus Monitor with the setup above (SpeedStep disabled, Turbo Boost enabled), but I get a graph exactly like the last thread above but running between 2.4GHz and 2.8GHz.
How do I get this to run up to 3.5GHz as your graph displays? Or do I have to "force" the CPU to run max (what software do you use to induce the turbo?). Maybe I don't need to overclock and just need to run the correct stress test software!
Appreciate much your help.
Btw, I was running Super PI to induce the core frequency increase to 3.5GHz, but I stayed clamped at 2.8GHz and the Super PI 32M Calculation test ran almost 12 minutes! (A review I read for M2800 ran this test for 9 minutes 31 seconds). Sigh.
Im not sure if you're still working on the problem, It may be a little late for a response, But id try messing with the turbo boost setting, turning it off and re running the bench mark to see if it worked. This is assuming youre not temp throttling.
Look at the registry value i had to fix and see if theres anything screwed up there.
Ive since updated to win 10 and have had no problems
Oh, also check your power settings to see if youre in a high performance preset or not. Battery saving presets limit max clock
I can see that your processor is running perfectly fine, please run the latest version for the Intel® Processor Diagnostic Tool, you can download it here:
It is, i was just demonstrating that it is working fine under windows 10