CPU Clock question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RuivoM, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. RuivoM macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2011
    Hello. I'm a happy owner of a rMBP, the i5 2.7 GHz, however, I installed the Intel Power Gadget tool which allows me to track the current clock/power consumption in real time and noticed that it's most of the time clocked at 1.3 GHz, when doing some browsing, etc it almost never goes above the 2.0 GHz, when it's a 2.7 CPU with turboboost to 3.1 Ghz. Ok, when I open some more heavy apps it goes up to 2.7 or even 3.0 sometimes, but my question here is: Is it normal to be at lower clocks like 1.3 GHz for this kind of cpus? I always thought that it always be clocked between 2.7 and 3.1 and never under. Thank you!
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    It'll throttle down when higher clock speeds aren't needed.
  3. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    Definitely normal and this is what gives you good battery life.
  4. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
  5. RuivoM thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2011
    Oh, that makes sense. Yes, definitely I believe that is whats giving me great battery time. Thank you for all the replies.

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