Originally posted by DualQuad
I am working on completing a FC4 build out using a Gigabyte motherboard and Athlon X2 processor and encountered a strange problem. During initial testing, using super_pi on processor 1 and glxgears on processor 2, performance was increased when both cores were loaded. Merely loading one processor at 100% resulted in worse performance for a single application than when both processors were under load.
Since this whole SMP type thing is new to me, I am guessing that Powernow-k8 is somehow playing a part in throttling the cores. Is there a way to change this behavior? If so, please point me to the proper documentation.
UPDATE: I am using a GA-k8n Ultra-9 motherboard. I decided to flash the bios to the F6 bios and now things seem to work (i.e. each core can run full tilt independent of the other). Grepping DMESG now indicates that 2 Athlon 64 processors are detected as opposed to a single Athlon Processor. The wording in DMESG is "correct" no matter how you read it.
I'm also interested in the Cool N Quite features of the Athlon 64. Can you tell me a little bit about your setup, and how you got it working.
I have an Athlon 64 3200+ (Socket 754) with an ABit mobo, and I'm running Fedora Core 4 for x86-64.
Is the Powernow kernel code already compiled into Fedora 4, or do I have to recompile the kernel myself to enable that?
Where can you see the clock throttling? Do you see it in the procinfo file (I think thats the file, I'm workign from memory), cause I never see mine at anything but full load.