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Intel Power Gadget

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May 1, 2014 6:22:51 PM

Ok, so I found what looks like a cool gadget direct from Intel's web site called 'Intel Power Gadget'. Supposedly it measures CPU power consumption (and three other CPU functions) It's been updated for use with Windows 7 64 bit and submitted to the site for downloading on 1/7/2014 by one of the Intel developers.

I installed it on my new rig and seem to be getting nonsensical CPU power readings.

The Intel power gadget CPU frequency and Temperature readings match the readings I get when simultaneously running MSI/Intel stress test from the MSI/Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (this utility does not measure CPU power usage); but the power readings seem odd...the Intel Power Gadget mostly shows my CPU as using between about 1 and 2 watts while my system is not doing much and only about 15 watts when the MSI/Intel Etreme Tuning Utility runs it's CPU stress test and pushes CPU utilization up to 100%. What gives?

Is anyone out there very familiar with this tool?

By the way I am running Windows 7 home premium on an 'MSI Z87M Gaming' motherboard and an Intel i5-4670k.

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May 1, 2014 6:48:05 PM

Can you link it? I've not heard of it before. I'll check it out on mine and see what I get.
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May 2, 2014 7:59:38 PM

It seems to work fine on my laptop 25W under some load.
My 4770K OC to 4.5GHz uses a whopping 2W under 100% Prime 95. So I'm thinking that it does not handle OC correctly at all. Does report freq and temp right though.
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May 3, 2014 1:11:34 PM

Yup, that's what I found. I wish there was a way to submit this thread for viewing by the Intel developers of that gadget. It's a relatively new gadget (Jan 2014) so I would think they would be interested in our observations. One thing...perhaps the 'Watts' reading is something funky like 'watts dissipated in heat' by the CPU, or some other esoteric reading that's not described by the gadget guide.
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May 6, 2014 7:21:34 AM

Beastman2 said:
Yup, that's what I found. I wish there was a way to submit this thread for viewing by the Intel developers of that gadget. It's a relatively new gadget (Jan 2014) so I would think they would be interested in our observations. One thing...perhaps the 'Watts' reading is something funky like 'watts dissipated in heat' by the CPU, or some other esoteric reading that's not described by the gadget guide.


Unfortunately with computer hardware, because of so many variations and different manufacturers all in the mix sensor data doesn't always return the 'correct reading'. Unfortunately in this case I would say that your hardware is returning data that the program either can't handle or is interpreting completely wrong.

It would be very interesting to see a power usage reading for my CPU, I might check this out and see if it works on my ageing sandybridge...
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May 6, 2014 8:35:03 AM

Poprin said:
Beastman2 said:
Yup, that's what I found. I wish there was a way to submit this thread for viewing by the Intel developers of that gadget. It's a relatively new gadget (Jan 2014) so I would think they would be interested in our observations. One thing...perhaps the 'Watts' reading is something funky like 'watts dissipated in heat' by the CPU, or some other esoteric reading that's not described by the gadget guide.


Unfortunately with computer hardware, because of so many variations and different manufacturers all in the mix sensor data doesn't always return the 'correct reading'. Unfortunately in this case I would say that your hardware is returning data that the program either can't handle or is interpreting completely wrong.

It would be very interesting to see a power usage reading for my CPU, I might check this out and see if it works on my ageing sandybridge...


Just a curiosity if you don't mind can you try one stock and one OC?
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May 7, 2014 12:07:28 PM

Poprin said:
Beastman2 said:
Yup, that's what I found. I wish there was a way to submit this thread for viewing by the Intel developers of that gadget. It's a relatively new gadget (Jan 2014) so I would think they would be interested in our observations. One thing...perhaps the 'Watts' reading is something funky like 'watts dissipated in heat' by the CPU, or some other esoteric reading that's not described by the gadget guide.


Unfortunately with computer hardware, because of so many variations and different manufacturers all in the mix sensor data doesn't always return the 'correct reading'. Unfortunately in this case I would say that your hardware is returning data that the program either can't handle or is interpreting completely wrong.

It would be very interesting to see a power usage reading for my CPU, I might check this out and see if it works on my ageing sandybridge...



Thank you CPUs for your commentary...please let us know what you find if you have the time to check out this gadget on your system.
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