Boosting may refer to any of the following:
1. In general, to boost a computer refers to the act of increasing its performance, usually by upgrading its hardware. For example, you can often boost the performance of a computer by replacing a traditional hard drive with an SSD.
2. The term "boost" may also refer to Intel Turbo Boost technology, which can temporarily increase the frequency of a CPU when the demands of a task rises above a certain threshold. Intel Turbo Boost is available on Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, and Xeon families of processors. For instance, the Intel i9-7890XE processor has a base frequency of 2.60 GHz, but when a demanding task is running, the CPU frequency may increase up to a maximum of 4.20 GHz.
3. In competitive video gaming and e-sports, boosting is the unethical practice of artificially inflating the competitive rank of a low-ranked player. Boosting is often performed by a higher-ranked player, who agrees to play on a lower-ranked account to join the lower-ranked player's team in exchange for a payment. Boosting is against the terms of service of most video games, and may result in a temporary or permanent ban for both players if discovered. The adjective "boosted" may also be used in a game's chat or voice comms as an insult, to imply that a player does not have requisite skill for their matchmaking rank. For example, after failing to execute a play, a player might say, "Wow. I am so boosted."
4. In video games, boosting may also refer to the jumping on top of another standing or crouching player for the purpose of looking or jumping over tall objects or high terrain. Depending on the game, this may be considered cheating, or merely a clever manipulation of the game physics and level design.