What is the optimal CPU governor for general use?

Colin Ian King colin.king at canonical.com
Fri Feb 10 10:31:08 UTC 2012

FYI, I've updated the results now with test on an old AMD based laptop. 
Conclusions are still the same, ondemand is optimal.


On 07/02/12 11:54, Colin Ian King wrote:
> Hi there,
> One more installment in the quest to find the best configuration
> settings to reduce power consumption. This time we examine the CPU
> frequency governors.
> Data:
> http://zinc.canonical.com/~cking/power-benchmarking/cpu-governor/cpu-governors.ods
> Results:
> http://zinc.canonical.com/~cking/power-benchmarking/cpu-governor/results.txt
> Summary:
> ondemand seems optimal, concurring with Arjan van de Ven (see
> http://www.bughost.org/pipermail/power/2007-May/000073.html)

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