# Electronic – Do we always take the corner frequency of a filter at exactly -3dB

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I'm doing some work on filters, but all the references I can find use a 'perfect' gain characteristic, with the trace starting at 0dB. Is the measurement for corner/cutoff frequency always taken at exactly -3dB? What if the maximum gain isn’t 0dB?

For example, see the below figure, where the maximum gain is -3dB. Surely taking the corner frequency at -3dB in this case would not be useful- instead would we take it at -6dB, which is -3dB from the actual maximum gain?