How to Disable CPU Power Save on Linux

This is a mental note. Ensuring all CPUs are set to provide maximum performance is useful for example when running benchmarks.

Step 1

Check current CPU frequency:

grep -E '^model name|^cpu MHz' /proc/cpuinfo

Step 2

Check current CPU scaling governor setting:

cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu[0-9]*/cpufreq/scaling_governor

Step 3

Set CPU scaling governor to performance:

echo performance | sudo tee /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu[0-9]*/cpufreq/scaling_governor

Repeat step 1 and/or step 2 to check that the new setting is in effect.

When done with benchmarks or whatever else, set CPU scaling governor (back) to powersave:

echo powersave | sudo tee /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu[0-9]*/cpufreq/scaling_governor


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