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Windows 7: CPU questions

12 Nov 2009   #1
Fuzzbutts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
CPU questions

Hard to nail this down to any specific forum so I'll just as this here.

A bit of a history primer.

When I was using Windows XP Pro SP3 on my Quad Core Q6600 I started overclocking it a bit. I'd put a ~13MHz bump into the Front Side bus with Intel's application for my motherboard (278.9MHz vs. 266) working out to running the processors at 2510MHz. It worked great. With a little voltage bump the overclock really helped things out with that archaic OS. Never had heat issues, lockups or data problems.

Well fast forward to this week. I've got Windows 7 HP 32bit installed and am loving it. Just for giggles I downloaded CPUID and TMonitor to see what was happening under the hood. I was surprised to say the least. Seems W7 enables the speedstep technology. For the most part I am using a 1675MHz CPU. Not much of anything gets it to switch to the full speed.

Is everyone's doing this?

It's nice because my processor is running a lot cooler. 44C vs. 50C on average. (hot case not much I can do about that)


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12 Nov 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yeah, I have a Core 2 Duo 6600, now running at 1598 as I type this.
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12 Nov 2009   #3
BadLag

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM
 
 

So you left the BIOS settings as is when you went to Win7?, I have a Q6600, hmmm, 2.40 x 4 is 9.2 speed, sounds fast...I got a liquid CPU cooler, after 2 hrs of gaming, my CPU temp is 32C....cool eh...tempted on the OC but system works great as is...lol
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12 Nov 2009   #4
musiclover7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah.. everything generally has to function based on the lowest common denominator which is generally the hard drive.. Hard disks just can't keep up with the modern cpu's, unless you are running a heavy raid, or SSDs.. The only time you will find yourself using all of that CPU is if you start kicking off multiple jobs at once, decrypting a bunch of data in ram, gaming, or using other high cpu applications.. Standard use, it should not flinch..
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12 Nov 2009   #5
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fuzzbutts View Post
Hard to nail this down to any specific forum so I'll just as this here.

A bit of a history primer.

When I was using Windows XP Pro SP3 on my Quad Core Q6600 I started overclocking it a bit. I'd put a ~13MHz bump into the Front Side bus with Intel's application for my motherboard (278.9MHz vs. 266) working out to running the processors at 2510MHz. It worked great. With a little voltage bump the overclock really helped things out with that archaic OS. Never had heat issues, lockups or data problems.

Well fast forward to this week. I've got Windows 7 HP 32bit installed and am loving it. Just for giggles I downloaded CPUID and TMonitor to see what was happening under the hood. I was surprised to say the least. Seems W7 enables the speedstep technology. For the most part I am using a 1675MHz CPU. Not much of anything gets it to switch to the full speed.

Is everyone's doing this?

It's nice because my processor is running a lot cooler. 44C vs. 50C on average. (hot case not much I can do about that)
In the absence of workload, the processor enters progressively deeper states of sleep (called "C-states"), but it bounces right back when given something to do.

It's nothing to worry about - on the contrary.
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