I am currently running Ubuntu 14.04 an an 2015 DELL XPS (Developer Edition) and dealing with Speed-Issues, stumbled upon some strage behaviour regarding CPU-Speed. It seems, the CPU-frequency is never higher than 1100 MHz. Using "indicator-cpufreq" It shows possibly available speeds up to 2.2 GHz, but I can only choose up to 1.1 GHz. Same with command-line information:

Architecture:          x86_64
CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order:            Little Endian
CPU(s):                4
On-line CPU(s) list:   0-3
Thread(s) pro Kern:    2
Kern(e) pro Socket:    2
Socket(s):             1
NUMA-Knoten:           1
Anbieterkennung:       GenuineIntel
Prozessorfamilie:      6
Modell:                61
Stepping:              4
CPU MHz:               1100.000
BogoMIPS:              4389.76
Virtualisierung:       VT-x
L1d Cache:             32K
L1i Cache:             32K
L2 Cache:              256K
L3 Cache:              3072K
NUMA node0 CPU(s):     0-3

cat /proc/cpuinfo |grep MHz

MHz : 1100.000 cpu MHz : 1100.000 cpu MHz : 1100.000 cpu MHz : 1100.000

Any idea what could be wrong? I was waiting for the next LTS. Could an update to 15.04 solve the problem? Thanks :)

  • CPU power autoscales on hardware side when it is needed. Do you ever need that power?
    – dadexix86
    Mar 7, 2016 at 20:33
  • Which frequency scaling driver are you using? And which governor? cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_driver and cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor. And as previous comment asked, does the CPU frequency go up if you load down the CPUs? Mar 7, 2016 at 20:50
  • @DougSmythies scaling driver is "acpi-cpufreq". governour is "userspace". high cpu-load does nothing to increase frequency. I just tried again to be sure, but no change, even if the load is at 400%. Whats really strange to me is, that i can select all the frequencies in the ui-tool, but just up to 1100MHz Mar 7, 2016 at 21:42
  • Try the ondemand and/or the performance governors. What do you get with them? as su ( sudo su ) do: for file in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor; do echo "ondemand" > $file; done Mar 7, 2016 at 22:10
  • unfortunately no change: "ondemand" the cpu is between 500-1100MHz while its 1100Mhz in "performance". Again while running CPU-intense programs Mar 7, 2016 at 22:21

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I had the same problem, but I remembered having set up silent_mode/eco_mode in dualboot Windows which had been hibernated before booting Ubuntu. Rebooted to Windows, turned off silent_mode/eco_mode, rebooted to Ubuntu -- 2.7GHz again.

May be a coincidence, but just rebooting with external power plugged in helped.

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