View Full Version : [ubuntu] sysinfo and conky cpu speed discrepency

January 8th, 2011, 09:29 PM
added cpu freq to my conky display, and the result was funny. is there something wrong here? am i using my cpu to its full advantage?

can some one explain whats going on here?

http://ompldr.org/tNndoaw (http://ompldr.org/vNndoaw)

thanks in advance!

(should this be in the hardware section?)

January 8th, 2011, 11:48 PM
Ubuntu supports "CPU scaling." Basically, this means that when you aren't doing much, your CPU slows down -- and uses less power, and generates less heat.

For example, my CPU has a rated speed of 3.2 GHz, but it only runs that fast when I am rendering a video. Almost all the time, the CPU runs at 800 MHz. Even playing flash videos seldom requires running the CPU faster.