Intel Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Desmo1098, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Desmo1098 macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2009
    Can anyone offer a brief description of what Intel Thermal Monitoring Technologies is?

    Is it relevant in a Mac Pro or OS X?

    I see that the Intel W3680 6-Core Westmere does not have it.
  2. Desmo1098 thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2009
    Here is what I found on Intel's website:

    Thermal Monitoring Technologies
    Laptops using mobile Intel processors require thermal management. The term "thermal management" refers to two major elements: a cooling solution properly mounted to the processor, and effective airflow through a part of that cooling solution to evacuate heat out of the system. The ultimate goal of thermal management is to keep the processor at or below its maximum operating temperature (Case).

    Located here:

    So how does this principle work in the Mac Pro?
  3. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    All processors since the Pentium have thermal management in one form or anther (eg. Speedstep, etc). In fact, Turbo Boost in the latest processors is an application of this technology that actually uses thermal headroom to auto overclock. Your processor will most certainly throttle itself if the cooling system fails it, but the cooling system in the SP Mac Pro's has been designed for 130W TDP processors like the W3680 so you won't see throttling unless the cooling system is not performing optimally (eg. fan failure or unusually high ambiant temps etc.).

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