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Can I enable Cool'n'Quiet on my old AMD processor on Windows 7 64-bit? If so, do I need a separate driver (like Windows XP) or I only have to modify some options?

The processor is an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ on an ASUS K8V-MX motherboard.

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Enabling Cool’n’Quiet on Windows 7 is the same as it is on Windows Vista…


  • C’n’Q must be “enabled” in the motherboard’s BIOS (Note that most BIOS settings disable it by default)
  • For optimal power savings, be sure to also enable C1E and DRAM Power Down in the BIOS
  • The power management scheme/setting must be "balanced" or "power-saver" in the control panel (note that this is the default setting)
  • The motherboard’s BIOS must recognize the CPU that is installed (BIOS status screen will properly display CPU model number upon boot-up)
  • You can verify C’n’Q is working with a utility tool such as “CPU-Z” or “AMD Power Monitor.”


  • Do NOT Select “Performance” as Windows 7’s power management scheme/setting as it will disable C’n’Q functionality
  • Do NOT manually set the CPU frequency or multiplier in the BIOS. Doing so will lock the processor speed and disable C’n’Q functionality
  • Having an old BIOS that does not properly recognize the CPU may disable C’n’Q functionality (flash your BIOS to latest version)
  • There is NO need to install a separate AMD CPU driver… Windows 7 has the AMD CPU driver built-in already!


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Thanks, never runned Windows Vista (Jumped from XP to Se7en) and I was using high performance power scheme. – Fladur Jan 18 '10 at 23:47
you're more than welcome. – Molly7244 Jan 18 '10 at 23:59

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