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Intel Q6600 core speed???

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August 28, 2007 1:48:43 AM

I have the Intel Q6600 processor. When I run CPU-Z I get a core speed of 1604mhz. Is this normal? Or should I be seeing 2400mhz? Thanks.

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August 28, 2007 1:50:36 AM

NO! course it's not normal something wrong BIG TIME! or it could just be a bad reading try using other program! if it still reads 1604mhz. then it's wrong BIG TIME!
August 28, 2007 1:53:30 AM

Or, its most likely Intel's speed stepping, which lowers the multiplier thus lowering the core clock when the cpu isn't being used. Open a big program and the core clock should jump right back up to 2.4ghz on cpuz.
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August 28, 2007 2:19:45 AM

Here's my reading from CPU-Z
Core speed = 1604
Multiplier = 6
Bus Speed = 267
Rated FSB = 1069

Are these numbers that are out of my control or can I set something in the BIOS to get the core speed back up. I ran a program like Word 2007 and it didn't make a big difference.
August 28, 2007 2:54:20 AM

it si speed stepping. don't worry about it. it will scale back to 2.4 when you use the processor, but at idle speedstep scales it down to 1.6
August 28, 2007 2:55:37 AM

fretman said:
Here's my reading from CPU-Z
Core speed = 1604
Multiplier = 6
Bus Speed = 267
Rated FSB = 1069

Are these numbers that are out of my control or can I set something in the BIOS to get the core speed back up. I ran a program like Word 2007 and it didn't make a big difference.


Go into Bios and turnoff EIST.
August 28, 2007 3:05:00 AM

qw3r7yju4n said:
it si speed stepping. don't worry about it. it will scale back to 2.4 when you use the processor, but at idle speedstep scales it down to 1.6


Thanks for the advice. I'm just concerned that I might have something wrong with my system.

August 28, 2007 3:05:55 AM

pausert20 said:
Go into Bios and turnoff EIST.


Hmmm....can't seem to find that option...not even in the manual. Although a google search on the P5KC board does mention EIST. Thanks.

August 28, 2007 3:16:17 AM

why would you even want to turn off eist? the worst it can do is save you power!! OH NO!

if you run a DEMANDING task then you will see it bounce back up to its 9x multi, just leave it alone its running fine
August 28, 2007 12:58:52 PM

OK. I found the EIST option. But based on monst0r’s response I won’t disable the option. Thanks.
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August 28, 2007 2:07:07 PM

yeah , my e6600 runs @ 1.6 when i am not doing anything which needs a lot of power , but when i do gaming , it comes to 2.4 again
August 28, 2007 2:26:46 PM

Speedstep is a great thing to have activated. Your cores will use less power when doing most light duty task. If you play games, encode/decode, etc you will push the cpu to 2.4ghz. Very few things I do push my Q6600 to 2.4ghz. So the chances are your cpu is probably working fine. Since Speedstep is motherboard/bios dependent I suppose you could have a problem there. I run a utility that came with my Gigabyte mb that shows cpu speed and then do a cpu intensive task and you can see it jump up now and then to 2.4ghz.
Hope this helps setting your mind at ease.

A quad is a terrible thing to waste.
August 28, 2007 2:38:59 PM

mistert said:
Speedstep is a great thing to have activated. Your cores will use less power when doing most light duty task. If you play games, encode/decode, etc you will push the cpu to 2.4ghz. Very few things I do push my Q6600 to 2.4ghz. So the chances are your cpu is probably working fine. Since Speedstep is motherboard/bios dependent I suppose you could have a problem there. I run a utility that came with my Gigabyte mb that shows cpu speed and then do a cpu intensive task and you can see it jump up now and then to 2.4ghz.
Hope this helps setting your mind at ease.

A quad is a terrible thing to waste.


What's a CPU intensive task? I want to see my CPU jump to 2.4ghz at least once in my life.
August 28, 2007 2:56:49 PM

CPU-z takes a snapshot of the system and so it does not update again. Or that how it shoes to work on my computer. I use Rm clock and that collects data and shows a real time CPU speed. and it can also control the CPU clock, because once you over clock i think Speed step works the same as Cool and quite from AMD and it gets disabled. Try RM clock and see what happens!
August 28, 2007 3:27:46 PM

Thanks again.
August 28, 2007 10:24:10 PM

So where's the screenshot? lol
August 28, 2007 10:31:05 PM

What screenshot are you referring to?
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