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November 27, 2013 2:39:10 PM

Noticed an Action Centre message pop up saying to "Download and install the driver for your power management system"... then to click to download the driver from ASUSTek.

I do have an ASUS board, P5Q-e board... but I don't have an AMD CPU/Fan, I have an Intel Q9450 and Intel fan, with no overclocking.

From what I read it sounds like a good utility, but, the constant mention of AMD makes me wonder, is this something I need? will it even work? is Win7x64 recommending something I can't use?

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November 27, 2013 2:59:33 PM

AMD's Cool 'n Quiet is a function of their CPUs that deals with down clocking the CPU when not under load, to save power and reduce operating temperatures. You are running an Intel CPU, which will implement Intel's version of power saving technology, so it has no bearing or application toward your system. I would ignore the message, or go specifically to Asus's website and do my own investigation of available utilities for your particular motherboard.

On another note, the power saving features of either brand of CPU are on by default, enabled through BIOS, and supported by Windows. You don't need a utility for these features to function correctly.
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November 27, 2013 3:22:22 PM

That's what I figured... just weird that Windows detects that I have an Intel CPU, but is giving me a message asking me to download AMD's software.

Maybe the AMD video card confused it...
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November 27, 2013 3:29:53 PM

It could very well be a false positive on Action Center's part. Having always turned it off on my own personal computers, I haven't experience enough to say either way. :-)
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