Software similar to centrino hardware control for apple?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by asqy, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. asqy macrumors regular

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    Is there any software out there that does a similar job that centrino hardware control does for PC laptops? You slow down the processor to lower the heat, improve battery life etc?
     
  2. yippy macrumors 68020

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    There isn't any software that lets you do this. However, the Core Duo does this by itself automatically.
     
  3. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    You can use this nice app to monitor the processor speed and temperature. You'll see it does as yippy^ says.
     
  4. asqy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does OSX have throttle software (ie to turn the processor down) inbuilt?

     
  5. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The hardware does. The throttling is controlled by firmware, independent of the OS. For PPCs there was a limited throttling control under System Preferences->Energy Saver->Options. You could set the processor to Highest, reduced, or auto, but I think they took this out with the Intels because the processor does such a good job on its own.
     
  6. asqy thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmmm...I currently have a t43 and I turn it down from 1700 to 800 when mobile...massive save in battery life and heat + fan...
     

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