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M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 Turbo frequency, on or off?

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I recently bought this board from BWG and I'm confident in most things, but there's a feature on the board called "Turbo frequency" that I'm not 100% certain what it does and I don't know whether I should keep it on or not.
I think I understand the jist of it, in lightly threaded tasks it disables (or downclocks, I think) some of the cores and overclocks the others to give me the best performance on that task, and when I'm done with that task or I move onto highly threaded tasks (encoding and whatnot) it brings me back to my normal 6-core clock speed that I set in the BIOS.

It sounds like there's no negatives to it at all, if for example I was to play a game that only supported four cores and not six (which from my understanding is the vast majority of games) I would get better performance with this turned on right? Complete novice here, this may sound a little silly to some of you.
Another quick question to tag onto the thread, if it does indeed disable/downclock some of the cores while overclocking the others, how will this appear in CPU-Z under clock speed? I may be way off bat with this one.

Thanks for all replies, definitely appreciated!
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Turbo should be off. anything that says turbo or even alludes to turbo should be disabled. If you are running stock it may increase performance but it is not that intelligent, It doesn't just use as many cores as it needs. it only has two states active and inactive. when active it only activates a specified number of cores default is 3 cores. these cores run at an increased frequency default set to 400MHz above stock. So it is not all to helpful and if you OC it can wreak havoc on your stability.
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Oh I see, so it's only helpful at stock speeds and if I overclock myself to 4/4.2ghz it's a complete waste? Gotcha! Thankyou.
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Another quickie, I heard disabling cool and quiet is a good idea as on a 6-core thuban it can cause performance losses in tasks that don't use all 6 cores, cool and quiet sees not using all 6 cores as not idle but no needing to use all the power so in games and such that only use 4 I'll get a performance loss with this turned on.
Is this correct?
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