Computer is at its best speed when we purchase it but as time passes and we start working on it, install more and more software and use it exhaustively, PC becomes slow. It still works with normal software and you can perform daily-routine tasks in your PC normally but occasionally whenever their is a need to run heavy software, games, or open lots of tabs in web browser (especially in Google Chrome), this issue becomes much more severe.
You can try few settings you know to optimize performance of your PC like decreasing graphics, closing unnecessary applications, stopping useless background services, cleaning Recycle Bin and TEMP folder, etc. but they are not going to do much help. Do you know your PC has hidden potential to boost it’s CPU and Processor’s speed?
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If you know how to unlock that potential, you can boost your computer’s CPU and Processor’s speed and make them even faster then they were before. In this article, I am going to teach you how to do this.
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Read below to know 4 powerful hacks which can boost your CPU and Processor’s speed and increase overall system performance. These tricks includes turbo boost, overclocking, system & registry cleaning, RAM optimization and lot more. Implement them as being told and you will observe instant boost in your computer’s performance as soon as you restarts it.
Manual tasks are first and foremost task you need to do to increase your computer’s performance. There are some important job which no software or script can perform better than you. You also know your PC much better, software just use guessing. So, manually optimize your PC by performing these tasks:
- Clean contents of Recycle Bin and TEMP Folder. Locate TEMP folder by typing %TEMP% in Run dialogue box (Shortcut: Win+R)
- Delete unnecessary contents and move required content from your C Drive (Windows Drive) to some other drive.
- Defragment who hard disk or at least your C Drive. To do this, right-click C drive, click Properties. Now click on ‘Tools’ tab and on the resulted windows screen, click on Optimize or Defrag button which is appearing inside ‘Optimize and defrag device’ section.
- Remove those programs which you don’t require every time you start your PC from the startup menu available in Task Manager (Shortcut: CTRL+ALT+DEL).
- Stop unnecessary services running in your computer’s background by opening System Configuration app (Shortcut: Type msconfig in Run dialogue box) and navigating to ‘Services’ tab inside the app. Don’t disable any Microsoft services, just remove services related to custom software you have installed.
Increase Virtual Memory (Seconday RAM) Size
Windows manage Page Cache on disk where it keeps frequently required cache pages but no so frequent that they can be put in main memory (RAM).
In simple words, Page Cache is your secondary RAM created from Hard-disk. So, increasing the size of Page Cache will obviously boost your system performance. To increase size of Page Cache, follow the below steps:
- Right-click on My Computer / My PC icon and select ‘Properties’ from the context menu
- Now, click Settings button available inside ‘Performance’ section. A new dialogue box will appear.
- In this dialogue box, navigate to Advanced tab and click Change button available inside ‘Virtual Memory’ section. It will result in opening one more dialogue box.
- In this new dialogue box, uncheck the topmost checkbox which says ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’. Doing this will enable all those options you require to manually adjust Page cache size in every drive for your Windows.
- Now, you can select each drive and insert custom Page cache size. Just enter the number appearing in ‘Recommended size’ below and you’re good to do. You can increase this number a bit more but not much as large page size will also inhibit PC performance.
- Save your custom settings by clicking OK/Apply buttons of all open dialogue box.
- Restart your PC and you’ll notice speed boost.
Use Flash Drive to Boost RAM
Flash Drive like Pen Drive, Memory Cards, etc. can also be used as virtual RAM to boost speed of your PC. The empty space available in your Flash Drive can be totally utilized as virtual RAM. To do this, insert your Flash Drive, right-click its icon in My Computer and select properties. Now, on the open window, click on tab “Readyboost”.
Now, Windows will automatically analyze your Flash Drive and tells you upto how much space of your Flash Drive can be used as virtual RAM which is usually the free space available in your drive. Select the option saying “Dedicate this device to Readyboost” and choose how much free space you want to use as virtual RAM.
Choose the amount of free space you want to use as virtual RAM to boost your computer’s speed. Keep in mind that the space you reserve here for virtual RAM will be inaccessible to use as free storage space until you disable the Readyboost feature from the device.
Use a good PC Tune UP Software
PC Tune-Up Software are solely designed to optimize and boost PC performance by cleaning disk space, deleting cache/junk files, removing garbage entries from registry and setting optimal settings for software and services. They also implement tweaks in system to boost its performance. Regular system optimization, privacy analyzer, threats remover, etc. all such important task are done by PC tune-up software automatically.
So, you should also install any good tune-up software. There are many tune-up software in the market but the once which I have personally tested and observed good performance are: Tune-Up Utilities (by AVG), Advanced SystemCare (by IObit) and CCleaner. All of these PC Tune-up software are available to try for free. Use any of them and it will optimize your PC performance to the best level.
I also recommend you to check your PC against viruses, spyware, adware and malware. Follow this tutorial to remove every adware, spyware and malware from your PC.
Overclock Your CPU
Before talking about how to overclock your CPU let me warn you that it is very technical and quite risky task. So, if you are not much technical, I recommend you to don’t try overclocking but if you are an IT guy with good knowledge of computers, then overclocking your CPU can instantly boost your CPU speed and hence overall system performance.
It increases CPU Frequency speed. So, lets say if you have a system of 3.8 GHz speed, overclocking can increase its speed to 4.1 GHz and even 4.5 GHz. It is done with proper checking and calculation because overclocking puts extra stress on CPU so, it is necessary to check how much extra stress can your CPU bear.
And, overclocking method requires different software, tools and tweak to different locations in BIOS settings. So, if you don’t understand your computer’s BIOS menu properly, I recommend you to search YouTube and follow the overclock procedure which uses same hardware configuration as your system.
- Windows*: Joe Olivas, Timo Kleimola, Mark Price, Timothy McKay
- MacOS*: Patrick Konsor
- Windows*: Seung-Woo Kim, Karthik Krishnan, Vardhan Dugar, Joseph Jin-Sung Lee, Jun De Vega
Intel® Power Gadget is a software-based power usage monitoring tool enabled for Intel® Core™ processors (from 2nd Generation up to 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors). Intel® Atom™ processors are not supported. It is supported on Windows* and macOS* and includes an application, driver, and libraries to monitor and estimate real-time processor package power information in watts using the energy counters in the processor. With this release, we are providing functionality to evaluate power information on various platforms including notebooks, desktops and servers. Windows 7* and 32-bit versions of the Intel® Power Gadget for Windows* has ceased development from 3.0.7. Starting with version 3.5 and going forward, only the 64-bit version and Windows 8* will be supported.
Traditional methods to estimate power/energy usage of the processor has always been a cumbersome task that included special purpose tools or instrumentation on the platform along with third party equipment. The motivation for the tool was to assist end-users, ISV’s, OEM’s, developers, and others interested in a more precise estimation of power from a software level without any H/W instrumentation.
In version 3.0 there are additional features that include estimation of power on multi-socket systems as well as externally callable APIs to extract power information within sections of code. The multi-socket support essentially evaluates the Energy MSR on a per-socket basis and provides an estimate of power draw per socket. The API layer is a set of libraries and dlls that can be called and offers the flexibility to build the tool within code sections of an application. Latest release also includes support for Windows 10*.
Brief Description (Windows*)
Intel® Power Gadget 3.5 consists of the following components. Set of driver and libraries which access and post process the processor energy counter to calculate the power usage in Watts, temperate in Celsius and frequency in GHz (default install directory will be ~Program FilesIntelPower Gadget 3.5). A command line version of the tool (PowerLog3.0.exe) is also included
System Requirements (Windows*)
- Windows 8*
- Windows 10*
- Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012
- Microsoft .NET* Framework 4
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable package
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor or later, older processors not supported
- Single socket
System Requirements (macOS*)
- macOS* 10.11 or later
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor or later
Known Limitations / Issues
- Graphs will not appear if your processor does not have the appropriate hardware counters
- Discrete graphics cards are not supported and GPU graphs will not appear unless Intel graphics is in use
- Windows 7* supported builds are below in the Archive section
Installation / Setup (Windows*)
- Run the msi package as an administrator. Accept the UAC, if one appears
- Follow the installer prompt instructions to complete installation
- .Net Framework 4 (will automatically be downloaded from Microsoft* site if not yet installed in your system) needs Internet connection
- Microsoft* Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable Package (will automatically get installed if not yet installed)
Installation / Setup (macOS*)
- Double click the downloaded DMG (Intel Power Gadget.dmg)
- Double click the package (Install Intel Power Gadget.pkg)
- Follow the installer prompt instructions to complete installation
On recent macOS versions, after installation users need to explicitly allow the Power Gadget driver to load:
- Open System Preferences, and click on 'Security and Privacy'
- Click the lock at the bottom of the page to unlock changes
- Click 'Allow' to allow system software from Intel Corporation:
- Restart your computer to apply the changes
On macOS Catalina (10.15), users may need to perform additional steps to enable the Power Gadget driver to automatically load (this is due to a bug in macOS).
- Open the Terminal application
- Enter the following command, and press Enter (requires a password to complete):
- Restart your computer to apply the changes
Common use of Intel® Power Gadget is to monitor energy usage of the processor
- Provides processor power (Watts), temperature (Celsius) and frequency (MHz) in real-time via graph displayed in the GUI
- Let you log the power and frequency measurements and save it in a csv format.
- Double click on the desktop shortcut and the GUI will launch
- Drag to move the GUI.
- Right click the GUI and a pop-up menu will show up allowing you to choose options or close the application. Options have the following parameters. Click “Start Log” button in the GUI to start logging. Press the same button “Stop Log” to stop logging. While it’s logging, red label “REC” will blink in the power chart area.
- You can choose to add time-stamp to the log file name or not.
- You can choose the log file name.
- You can choose to resize the GUI from 100% to 300% by dragging the slider and testing the new size with the “Apply Size” button and accept the changes by pressing “Ok”.
- Screen Update Resolution lets you change how often the GUI is updated at runtime. This may range from 50 ms to 1000 ms. (Default set to 1000 ms)
- Log Sampling Resolution lets you change the logging sampling resolution ranging from 1 ms to 1000 ms. (Default set to 100 ms)
- In a multi-socket system, you can choose which package information to display in the GUI. The log will record all package information in a csv file.
- Click 'Start Log' button in the GUI to start logging. Press the same button 'Stop Log' to stop logging. While it's logging, red label 'REC' will blink in the power chart area
Using Intel® Power Gadget 3.0 in a Script
In order to start and stop the logging in a script, first launch the GUI as usual.
- At the beginning of the script, call 'IntelPowerGadget.exe -start' and it will trigger the logging in the GUI.
- At the end of the script, call “IntelPowerGadget.exe -stop” and it will stop the logging.
The parameters for the log are based on the options set in the GUI.
PowerLog3.0.exe is the command line version of Intel® Power Gadget in logging power usage
- Log power data to logfile for a period of time:
- Start a command a log power data to logfile until the command finish:
Logfile will include the elapsed timed, package power limit, processor frequency, GT frequency, processor temperature, average and cumulative power of the processor
- Processor Energy (Total energy of the processor) = IA Energy + GT Energy (if applicable) + Others (not measured)
- IA Energy (Energy of the CPU/processor cores)
- GT Energy (Energy of the processor graphics) – If applicable , some processors for desktops and servers don’t have it or may have use discrete graphics
Only works on 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family or newer. Atom processors not yet supported.
Use only 32-bit installer for 32-bit OS and 64-bit installer for 64-bit OS
Application may hang after running for a long period of time (just close and restart application)
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