Increasing CPU process speed?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by gman901, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. gman901 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I was hoping someone who owns a MacBook or Air could tell me how I can tweak my settings to get the processing speed at all times in Windows XP? I know that the normal speed throttles down, but I thought there is a way to force it to max out? If there is not a built in setting, is there some application that can do it? Also, on the Mac side is there a setting or application that can do the same thing? Much appreciated!
  2. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
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    The mac side should speed-step automatically; why would you want to kick it into high gear all the time if its unnecessary?

    As for the windows side, you will need some 3rd party overclocking software. Even though you won't be overclocking, it will give you manual control over your processor speed.
  3. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I don't recommend overclocking the MBA in Windows. It severely deteriorates the battery and what performance enhancement you'll get won't be a whole lot.
  4. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    What do you mean throttles down? The CPU is going to run at full speed. Are you talking about overclocking? Because that's very dangerous to do in a laptop.
  5. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Changing your power options setting in control panel to 'Always On' keeps the CPU at full clock speed instead of speedstep scaling.
  6. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Thanks, Gav Mack! That is what I wanted to know! I don't plan on keeping it throttled at full speed in Windows while in battery mode, but it would be nice to have the ability to get the full 2.13 processor speed that Apple advertises with the new MBA versus the 1.6 speed I am getting every time it drops in speed.
  7. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I do here. Get great performance boost and battery life isn't that much down either.

    Dangerous if the temps rise above the recommended limit. Otherwise it's safe for the most part

    Use CoolBook in OSX to manually control the throttling

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