Linux – how to know if the BIOS or the OS is throttling the CPU? (Linux)


I'm using Ubuntu Linux 18.04.
I've been sold a secondhand Dell Precision M6700 Laptop with an underpowered power adaptor.

Apparently, the BIOS can recognize this condition, and I read somewhere that it will apply an extreme throttle to the CPU.

How can I check if the throttle is on or not?

Best Answer

To find the current CPU speed on all cores:

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep "cpu MHz"

You can also check /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/policy{N}/scaling_max_freq and see if it is consistent with your CPU model. Other files in the same directories may be of interest (energy_performance_preference)