WOF: Do you know what your CPU's clocked at?

By on July 22, 2011, 11:42 PM

Considering TechSpot's audience mix of techies, hardware enthusiasts, IT pros and gamers, the question above sounds overly simplistic, if not insulting, but is it? Over the last decade, the MHz measurement in your PC's processor has lost much of its meaning, in part because it's no longer an absolute reflection of performance, but that may not the end of it.

For example, I know I'm running a Core i7 870 processor in my workstation, but I have no clue what exact frequency the CPU is running at. I don't think that would have been the case 5 or 10 years ago when I ran my overclocked Celeron 300a or Athlon dual-core processor. Back then I cared about clock and bus speeds, RAM timings, and other details that today I barely pay attention to before upgrading to a new platform.

With devices like smartphones and tablets invading the consumer space in sheer numbers, bringing potential irrelevancy to component specifications, do you think this is a trend that will inevitably hit computers sooner or later?

How about yourself, off the top of your head (DON'T LOOK IT UP), do you know what's your PC's CPU clock speed? Discuss.

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