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CPU Clock, Hirens BootCD, Windows XP

I have an older laptop I am thinking of multiple uses for it. The laptop ran windows xp terribly slow so I did a fresh install of windows xp and it still runs terribly slow(yes i installed the correct ...
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How are CPUs so freakin fast

I am going through a book on C and it said "Write a program that counts from 1 to 300 million, printing the number only if it is a multiple of 100 million. Use a stopwatch for fun to time the ...
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How do I underclock my Macbook AIR?

When my MacBook gets below 1% battery life I believe the CPU slows down. The battery indicator states I have 10 minutes left but those are the longest 10 minutes in the laptop cycle. Is there a way to ...
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AMD FX 4130 overclock-How to overclock the CPU from the BIOS [closed]

Well I've been using my CPU for awhile now but I want to unlock it's full power but when it comes to CPU overclocking I've never been good with it nor taken the time to learn it from these bad video's ...
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1answer
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Why is my CPU slowing down? (power settings and temperature are OK)

I realise others have posted similar questions, but I'm having trouble working out why my processor isn't running at full speed. I'll keep this visual. Given this: ...and this: ... why does ...
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Processor Throttling, Speeds and Battery life

Does throttling the CPU down give you more battery life? Does i3 give you more battery life over an i7? Just I've not had the options to really test this theory as it requires having the same laptops ...
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CPU heating too much, cpufrequtils to limit its speed works weird

I am using an Intel i5 powered laptop and my OS is a 64 bit Linux Mint 14, kernel version 3.5.0-43. Up until now the CPU usage policy was ondemand and it usually was working at 2.40Ghz. In this setup ...
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What does cpu MHz mean in /proc/cpuinfo?

I own Quad-core Core i5 laptop. I got curious to know how much time it takes for my laptop to execute a simple instruction. So, I did cat /proc/cpuinfo. Below is the relevant portion of it, model ...
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Disabling CStates/TurboMode in Windows

In Linux I know how to boot and have cstates disabled to get full CPU power. How is this done in Windows? Does it vary based on Intel and AMD?
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Change CPU Clock Speed from Windows

How can I change the CPU clock speed of my computer? It is a Dell Inspiron 5720 laptop, running Windows 8.1 Pro. In Linux, I know there are ways of doing this from the operating system itself, instead ...
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1answer
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Is there a noticeable increase in computer performance moving from a Dual Core to an i5?

I have an i5-3470 3.2Ghz and 6GB or RAM. I also have a Dual Core E5700 3.0 and 8GB or RAM. Both use Windows 7 Pro. I am currently using the latter. I would like to use the i5, but as a developer, ...
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1answer
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Any rerefence of CPU world statistics? [closed]

I am looking for any referencee about computer power statistics across the world. My main interest is about real computing capabilities, so I'd prefer information about real processor power, and even ...
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Should I compare CPUs based purely on advertised speed? [duplicate]

There are many types of CPUs, like Pentium, Atom, core 2 duo, core iX (X = 3,5, ....), But I always don't look at them this way! I always look at their speed which in GHZ unit and then compare them ...
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3answers
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Hypothetically, can I swap processors between a smartphone & a desktop?

When manufacturers mention the speeds of smartphone processors, is it right in my understanding that the speeds between smartphone processors and desktop processors are comparable? In other words, ...
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1answer
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Can I run a Pentium 4 on 100% for an extended amount of time?

I want to use my Pentium 4 desktop for running some heavy simulations. These simulations take from two to eight hours. Is it safe to run the CPU at 100% for such a long time?
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Percentage cpu use for a particular job decreases over time in Windows 7

I have a multi-core workstation running Windows 7. When I submit a job to run on 12 cores, things go fine, but after some time the percent of the cpu the job occupies decreases from ~30% to 3% even ...
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Finding the memory bandwidth of each core of my processor

Hi I am learning PETSc (a software for solving PDES' numerically in parallel) and I came this passage in the FAQ High per-CPU memory performance is required. Each CPU (core in multi-core systems) ...
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How can I manually set the CPU frequency?

I have tried the following from shell: cat scaling_governor userspace cat scaling_available_frequencies 3326000 3325000 3192000 3059000 2926000 2793000 2660000 2527000 2394000 2261000 2128000 ...
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1answer
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RAM speed slower than CPU speed - Why?

On the specs of a computer I saw, it said the CPU speed was 2.something Gigahertz, but the RAM speed was 1300MHz (1.3GHz). That does not make sense, why would the RAM be slower than the CPU? You could ...
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What does the file /proc/cpuinfo tell me about the hardware?

I rent a server which should have "2 Cores x 2,2 GHz". When in run the command cat /proc/cpuinfo I get the following result: processor : 0 vendor_id : AuthenticAMD cpu family : 15 model : ...
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2answers
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Mobile CPU vs. Ultra-low voltage CPU: performance [closed]

I'm choosing a new laptop and one of the questions is a type of CPU — mobile or ultra-low voltage. If to be more precise, I'm torn between two models of Intel Core i5 — i5-2410M (Sandy Bridge) and ...
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Is the performance of a CPU affected as it ages? [closed]

This is a hypothetical question about how a CPU operates. If I purchase two identical CPUs, and use one long term (say one year), will it be identical in speed to the unused CPU? Will the number of ...
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Processor remains underclocked even under load

My Core 2 Duo T7200 (nominal frequency 2 GHz) is constantly running at 1000 MHz. Here's an exerpt from /proc/cpuinfo: vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 15 model ...
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1answer
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Performance and Battery Life

Okay, I'm looking for hard evidence to settle an argument. From a developers perspective, the argument of CPU usage and battery life comes into play often. If a CPU is throttled to use 10% of its ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to down-clock a laptop CPU?

Is it possible to down-clock a laptop CPU, i.e. make it slower? Rationale: I’d like to save battery power and generate less heat. My laptop is an HP Compaq 6715b running Windows 7 Professional SP1, ...
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Multi-core CPU: can I say I have a 3x2.1GHz=6.3GHz CPU?

I have an AMD A6-3500 three-core CPU. AMD System Monitor shows each core with a maximum 2100 MHz. This also shows in AMD OverDrive. Does this processor run at the speed 3*2100 MHz? Edit Can I say ...
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What affects installation speed?

Super hardware noob here. My wife and I were installing a game on our laptops last night, from an installation file (not a disc). The game takes up about 7.6GB of HD space. My laptop installed the ...
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Why is my CPU speed lower than it should be?

I have an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 that should run at 2.13 GHz but when I boot my computer, the BIOS shows a CPU speed of just 1.6 GHz (I removed the BIOS/motherboard logo screen so I can see the ...
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3answers
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How is CPU clock rate maintained?

I was reading an article Clock rate from wikipedia which has to say that: The clock rate typically refers to the frequency that a CPU is running at. The clock rate of a CPU is normally ...
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How to run the CPU at something like 75%?

My notebook is too old for me to invest into a new fan (it will simply be replaced by a new one when the final heat death occurs), but when it runs on full speed I feel like sitting in front of a ...
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Should I prefer processor speed (GHz) or core count? [closed]

I'm currently in the market for a new computer, so I'm curious about the recent trends of processor speed versus core count. Core count seems to be 'all the rage' these days, but things are really ...
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2answers
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How to compare Intel and AMD Processors when different sites give such different rankings?

How can I get reliable information on the actual speed in practice of different processors? For example, I'm comparing 2 laptops with these processors: Intel Core i3-2310M AMD A6-3400M According ...
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Can keeping my CPU speed at “high performance/turbo” all the time decrease its lifespan?

Can keeping my CPU speed at “high performance/turbo” all the time decrease its lifespan? And if so, what would be its expected route of failure if it does happen?
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Why aren't all CPUs 'overclocked' as a factory default? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are modern CPUs “underclocked”? When I was searching around for a desktop awhile back I came across a lot of discussions where techies talked about ...
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Has CPU speed already broken Moore's law?

I remember sometime around 1995 having a computer with CPU speed of 75 MHz. Then a couple of years later around 1997 having one that was 211 MHz. Then a few years later around 2000 having one that ...
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Multi-core processor speed

Might be a basic question: is the clock rate (1.7 GHz, etc.) that is mentioned for multi-core processors (e.g., Intel i5, i7) the clock rate per core, or it is the total speed of all cores combined?
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Using Server CPU for Desktop Applications

Though it's a n00bish question I haven't found any clear answer anywhere even after long days of googling. Recently I am planning to use an AMD Opteron Quad Core 2350 for my home lab. I'll not run it ...