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petereriksen
Beginner
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EIST transitions when SpeedStep is off

When I run a test on my executable the Tuning Assistent warns about a high number of EIST transitions. It counts 10.000 for a 20 sec run. This is a desktop pc (Q9450) and I did turn off SpeedStep by setting high performance in power settings. I verified that it is off by looking at the Ghz shown in system properties and both numbers says 2.66Ghz. So, why is VTune counting these events when it seems there should be none?

Thanks!

Peter

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Vladimir_T_Intel
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Hi Peter,

According to VTune help on EIST:

EIST transitions are commonly initiated by the OS, but can also be initiated by the hardware internally. For example: CxE states are C-states ( C1,C2,C3 ) which not only place the CPU into a sleep state by turning off the clock and other components, but also lower the voltage ( which reduces the leakage power consumption ) . The same is true for thermal throttling transition which uses EIST internally.

So, the reason of generating EIST_TRANS events could be also BIOS settings.

-Vladimir

petereriksen
Beginner
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Hi Vladimir
I just checked the BIOS and I didn't find anything interesting.
By the way; the help says 0 is a low value while 1 is a high value. I guess what it really means is that anything >0 isbad, right? As mentioned, my value is 10.000.
- Peter
Ravi_V_Intel
Employee
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I think you may have already perused this (but just in case you didn't):

http://software.intel.com/en-us/forums/showthread.php?t=52668

petereriksen
Beginner
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I have nothing in the BIOS but I found a tool called RMClock that could disable it. That did the trick. Thanks for your suggestions!
- Peter

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