When I ordered my E 521 from Dell it said the processor speed was 2.4 Ghz. When I look at " view system information " on the computer it say's Athlon 64, 3800+, ( 985 Mhz) instead of 2.4 Ghz. Can someone tell me if something is wrong? I was expecting it to tell me my processor speed was 2.4 Ghz like on my other computer.
It's either del or F1 depending on the motherboard. probably del button when the system first boots up a message appears saying press x button to enter bios. But if you don't even know where the bios is, I would recommend you get someone computer savy to do it for you as you could do some serious harm in there.
Don't worry, even if you can find the BIOS on your Dell, you won't be able to hurt your computer. They give you so few options in the BIOS that I would be suprised if C&Q was one. I disabled the C&Q for my OC'ed FX-60, but it probably wouldn't hurt if your CPU isn't OC'ed to leave C&Q on. The CPU speed should go up to full speed when an application or game is running. If you want to check, run a processor intensive app like a virus scan then recheck processor speed.
you might be able to disable it by changing your power scheme setting. it might be set to laptop/portable right now... changing it to always on 'should' allow it to run at full speed, even when youre not doing anything (higher voltages, higher clock speed, higher temperatures)
your cpu speed runs at 100% when you start doing cpu intensive tasks, otherwise itll just run at 50% speed and lower voltages
download amds dashboard demo if you want to see the cpu voltage changes, cpu usages, and temperature
Up to yourself chief. I never turn it on, it slows down your system start up a little bit and quite frankly my cpu never goes above 45 anyway on stock cooling so it's not like heat is a major issue, the power consumption difference is negligble for most people. I don't like the idea of paying for a machine and having it being lazy half the time, it's like paying cops to eat donuts.
you can leave CnQ on when you OC, it just tends to cause stability issues is all. if your system is completely stable when OCing and leaving CnQ enabled, theres no reason to disable it then, except for personal preference really
normally, when you go above a certain percent cpu usage, the cpu speed will kick up from 50%, to 90%, then 100%. if it wasnt changing as it should have, it could have been a different setting that was limiting it, beyond just standard CnQ. thats what it sounds like anyhow... either that or you werent using above 50% cpu usage, or whatever the amount needed is