How do I test throttle - 2.9 Vega

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacDonaldTrump, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. MacDonaldTrump macrumors 6502

    MacDonaldTrump

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2018
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    #1
    I’m pretty new to the forum, had a lot of help recently learning a lot from you all.

    I just received my MacBook Pro,
    Wondering how to test for throttle?

    I’ve tried Geekbench and Cinebench and heaven but only get numbers that don’t tell me much. Is there a good program I can use to keep an eye on how my Mac is performing overall?

    Mostly just curious to see the workload I place on my system day to day.

    Here are Cinebench and Geekbench numbers in photos, is this okay for this model
    2.9, 32gb, Vega 20,
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

    Ma2k5

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2012
    Location:
    London
    #2
    There is no good reason to test for throttle, like actually zero. Calm your curiosity.
     
  3. MacDonaldTrump thread starter macrumors 6502

    MacDonaldTrump

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2018
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    #3
    Oh, why do people do it then?
     
  4. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

    Ma2k5

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2012
    Location:
    London
    #4
    I suspect less than 1 in 100,000 people do it.
     
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    #5
    Can you explain what you mean by this exactly? As in, does your laptop throttles in normal operation? No, it doesn't your scores are good. Or do you want to see throttling when both GPU and CPU are active? Then run Cinebench and some sort of graphical benchmark simultaneously for long time.
     
  6. MacDonaldTrump thread starter macrumors 6502

    MacDonaldTrump

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2018
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    #6
    Im just curious, if there is a way I can learn information about my computer I find it interesting. I do the same with my motorbike, I like how things work, like improving my knowledge and want to enjoy seeing how performance works. It won't make me feel like a better person to know, but to know I don't need to know is just showing that you have already learnt what I am asking.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #7
    My recommendation is just use the machine, and enjoy it. If there's no issues with the machine in how you use it, trying to see whether it throttles is pointless and may only give you a level of apprehension that doesn't solve anythign
     
  8. PROFESS0R macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2017
    #8
    Download Intel Power Gadget. Download the Heaven benchmark. Run Power Gadget. Run the Heaven Benchmark. Watch the frequency of your CPU vary depending on load / temperature.

    Now that you have the steps... I agree with others who say do not bother unless you are simply curious. I certainly would not worry about throttling.

    Joe
     
  9. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2018
    #9
    This, especially since he already bought the machine...

    But anyway, download Prime 95, run the continous test and leave Intel Power Gadget running. You'll see that it will Turbo Boost, and when approaching 100C it will throttle to some lower frequency. I've seen 1.9 Ghz...? I don't know.

    Anyway, with that test you'll see the clock that will be used for sustained-load tasks.
     
  10. MacDonaldTrump thread starter macrumors 6502

    MacDonaldTrump

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2018
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    #10
    Thanks all, I am happy with the machine, it is screen flickering which I am still trying to troubleshoot (seems to only happen with USBc hub, I think) apple had me do smc and nvram resets. I just wanted to see how it is performing overall so I have the knowledge.
     
  11. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    #11
    I did it because i care about CPU lowering performance over some time - it kills logic pro mid playback then. Annoying as f.

    I’s rather have a machine with less turbo and consistent CPU
     
  12. ashcairo macrumors member

    ashcairo

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Location:
    London, UK
    #12
    Hey mate, I started using iStatMenus, it has lots of charts to view how your system is performing over time, for example you can look back at your fan speeds, cpu speeds, gpu speeds, network activity, ssd activity and correlate performance. Another tool to use is Activity Monitor, which tells you which apps are hogging resources at the moment.

    But, of course, just note that these monitoring apps hog resources themselves, so make sure you tune them to update less frequently or just keep them turned off and only turn them off to diagnose an issue.
     
  13. MacDonaldTrump thread starter macrumors 6502

    MacDonaldTrump

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2018
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    #13
    Can anyone take a look, as far as I can see I am getting very bad results - 1.3ghz, no tasks happening as far as I am doing, it seems constantly poor.
    Thanks
     

    Attached Files:

  14. Thysanoptera macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2018
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    #14
    It looks normal, the way it should. CPU will down clock when it has nothing to do.
     
  15. leman macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    #15
    Your CPU is in a power saving mode because there is no useful work for it to do.

    Interpreting output of these tools is not trivial and requires firm understanding of CPU power states, turbo boost technology and how OS manages processor time.
     
  16. MacDonaldTrump thread starter macrumors 6502

    MacDonaldTrump

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2018
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    #16

    Thanks so much, always learning heaps from you all, I ran Cinebench with the intel and it didn’t drop much below 3
     

Share This Page

15 December 11, 2018