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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Guest said:

phenom II x4 OC @ 3.6ghz, phenom II x2 @ 3.3ghz

cashblingbling said:

phenom II x4 @ 3.8 ghz

i7 @ 4.2 ghz

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

ATM a Celeron 900 (Mobile) 2.2 Ghz. SIW says "2195 Mhz".

Guest said:

Phenom II X4 965BE 3.4GHz.

The way I see it, the gamers are the backbone of the computer hardware market as they're the ones constantly buying new processors, video cards, cases, CPU coolers and all that performance candy. I believe that as long as the PC gaming industry is alive and well, so will the computer hardware industry be here to stay.

Colonel Lance said:

Intel Core i3 3.06 GHZ

Guest said:

Intel 486SX 25 mhz.

I just saw the box on my closet yesterday :-)

It even has 8 megs of ram, upgrated from 4, and a massive hard drive with 110 megs (220 with hard drive compresion)

happyfamily said:

intel core i5-750 @ 3.80GHz

PinothyJ said:

1090T X6 at 3.95GHz running like a dream...

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

x6 1100T @ 4281Mhz

marinkvasina marinkvasina said:

i5-2400k with MSI top quality mainboard + clock

4.5ghz

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Phenom II X4 965BE 3.4GHz.

The way I see it, the gamers are the backbone of the computer hardware market as they're the ones constantly buying new processors, video cards, cases, CPU coolers and all that performance candy. I believe that as long as the PC gaming industry is alive and well, so will the computer hardware industry be here to stay.

Well, that's nice. I think that the consumer prebuilt, school, industrial, and government markets spend more money on hardware than gamers. Then there's the mobile segment.

I really don't think you're all that significant in keeping the computer industry alive.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

i5 760 @ 4.0 GHZ

PinothyJ said:

ATM a Celeron 900 (Mobile) 2.2 Ghz. SIW says "2195 Mhz".

I would feel a lot more comfortable if you overclocked that to 2.2 flat.

K, Thanks, bye...

Guest said:

I don't get this article.

If I type "Core i7 870" into google the first result

indicates that it is a quad core with each core @ 2.93Ghz

What's the problem ?

Obviosly ones takes the processor architecture and date of release

into consideration as well, this isn't so diffuct to do is it?

Fast architecture + high clock speed = Best performance

Slow architercture + high clock speed = Slower performance

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I would feel a lot more comfortable if you overclocked that to 2.2 flat.

K, Thanks, bye...

Too much heat added.....no thanks. It seems to keep up with this nonsense just fine, running as badly under clocked as it is.

Besides, I type so slowly, there's no point to it.

Nima304 said:

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz dual core.

Guest said:

Core 2 Duo e8400 underclocked @ 1.3 mhz

Cowboy Bradley said:

i7-2600, 3.8 mhz.

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Lots of comments in less than an hour, however you're missing the point... you are not saying anything about recalling the spec yourself or looking it up (DON'T!)

Guest said:

intel dual core 2.55 mhz -800 fsb

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Is the $200 question, Do you know your Ram divider?

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

In all honesty, I have no clue. I'm running a Core i5-750 (and have been since late 09), but I have no idea what its base or Turbo Boost frequencies are offhand.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Is the $200 question, Do you know your Ram divider?
That answer won't come up until the "Double Jeopardy" round. And you had to screw it up by giving the question ahead of time.

Guest said:

Core i7 2600 @ 3.4Ghz

oz1819 said:

AMD Phenom II X4 970BE @ 3.8ghz

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I have 6 mediocre computers. It's a damned good thing I saved all the CPU boxes and left the stickers on the eMachine and laptop.

2@2.2Ghz,. 2.6Ghz, 2.8Ghz, 2.93 Ghz, and 3.06Ghz. Does it really matter which is which?

Superpeter Superpeter said:

Phenom 2x6 1090T @ 4.0

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

That answer won't come up until the "Double Jeopardy" round. And you had to screw it up by giving the question ahead of time.

Oh honestly...I just can't do anything to please you!

psykastic said:

Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.9Ghz..

Guest said:

i7 920 @ 2.8 Ghz, HT on

Guest said:

2600k at 5Ghz

100 x 50

Guest said:

A pentium 4 @ 2.8 Ghz and also a core 2 duo @ 1.66 Ghz

Meteorix said:

Core i7 870 @4.0Ghz on P55-UD6, Hyper212+ at 29C IDLE and 48C Full Load hehehe...

Guest said:

i5-760 @ 4.0, and when Turbo boost is on, I don't bother checking lol.

Guest said:

Core i5 2500K @ 4.33 Ghz

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

i7 920 at stock speed. Which is always said to be 2.66 GHz, yet windows, BIOS, etc always says 2.67 GHz.

So now, I don't know my exact frequency. My guess it's 2.6 recurring.

Guest said:

amd am3 dual core 550 unlocked to amd quad core b50 3.1ghz overclocked to 3.5ghz quad core stable. running 4gb 800mhz ddr2 dual channel centon memory on Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P board, with HIS 512mb amd ati. 4850 and two sata drives one running windows xp pro sp3 and one running windows 7. all that and i didn't have to look any of it up i do care about clock speed as well number of cores on a cpu. i planning upgradeing to amd 6 core 1100T

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

the computer I'm typing from is an Intel e5200, it's stock frequency was 2.5GHz, it's being pushed to 3.499 at the moment. I know this because last month I was moving the parts to an old case so I reset the overclock settings to stock, redoing the overclock afterwards.

The computer I game on is an i5 2500k (it was on sale, no point in getting the non-k version), and that, if I remember correctly is 3.3Ghz.

Poppa, did I do well?

Guest said:

phenom II x4 955BE @ 3.5Ghz

Guest said:

Tandy 386 which I still use today.

Guest said:

QuadCore Intel Core i7-960 @ 4146.1 MHz (original 320 MHz)

kahping said:

Athlon II X4 620 @ 2.6GHz

Guest said:

Earlier i wrote: Guest phenom II x4 955BE @ 3.5Ghz

But I saw that nearly everybody is pushing their cpu further so I overclocked it to 3.8Ghz

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

i7 920 @ 3.8 Ghz

Stonos said:

Core 2 Duo E6400 @ 2.13 GHz

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Q9400 @ 3.33G (417 FSB) at the moment at stock VID. (3.4G /425FSB is the highest stable @ stock 1.2375v)

Core i7 950 4.25G (185 BCLK) @ 1.36v

Is the $200 question, Do you know your Ram divider?

Easy, 1:1 and 2:8

How about CPU termination voltage or PLL ?

Guest said:

intel core i3-530@2.93ghz

intel pentium dual core e5400@2.7ghz

intel celeron 1.7ghz

intel pentium 166mhz mmx

Guest said:

Pentium Dual core E2140 @ 1.60 GHz (no OC) :(

Leeky Leeky said:

Without looking it up, I'd guess around 2.3-2.4GHz per core on my interim Q6600 quad.

sezsezsez said:

AMD Phenom II X4 970 @3.5GHz, 2x2GB Kingston HpyerX 1600MHz

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