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The kernel configuration docs ("conservative" frequency scaling governor) have this to say about AMD64 CPUs:
"If you have a desktop machine then you should really be considering the 'ondemand' governor instead, however if you are using a laptop, PDA or even an AMD64 based computer (due to the unacceptable step-by-step latency issues between the minimum and maximum frequency transitions in the CPU) you will probably want to use this governor."
So you are saying to use OnDemand governor if you are using a desktop, and Conservative for laptops?
My desktop is an AMD64 X2 and I use the OnDemand governor. My laptop uses an Intel Pentium M...and at the moment its using the OnDemand governor as well. Should the laptop use Conservative or the OnDemand? Right now I am not experiencing any obvious issues on either machine though
That is to be expected. It's the same with Intel. When you enable CnQ or speedstep, it takes *time* to change states. It isn't a lot of time, but that delay will reduce performance. It is for this reason I don't use those features. I set my clocks and voltages manually in the BIOS before booting based on what I am going to use the system for. This way I get the best of both worlds.