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How to find CurrentClockSpeed and MaxClockSpeed using Powershell Get-WmiObject win32_processor

15 July,2015 by Tom Collins

Question: How can I find CurrentClockSpeed and MaxClockSpeed using Powershell?

I’d like to audit our servers and identify inefficiencies around processor consumption. The VM administrator  on site claims the servers are being under  utilised therefore there is no justification to request another VM server.

The figures they’ve presented seem inaccurate . They are based on smoothing out peaks over a period of time – which is not an accurate methodology in understanding how CPU is utilised by SQLServer

Answer: This is one of those questions which I get from DBAs . In an age of cost – cutting , justifying resource usage and having to report on SQL Server resource consumption is part of the job.

Some background information on CPU

 SQL Server – More processor speed or cpu cores - SQL Server DBA

CPU Count - SQL Server DBA

Number of physical processors with Powershell – number of cores

To get the maxclockspeed and currentclockspeed I use the Windows Management Instrumentation(WMI) Object – win32_processor.

The Powershell cmdlet Get-WmiObject  is used. Here is a powershell script:


Get-WmiObject win32_processor | select -First 1 -Property name, currentclockspeed, maxclockspeed | Format-List


When the server is under load and the currentclockspeed is persistently lower than the maxclockspeed, it is worth considering changing the Windows Power Options. The default build is Balanced – which has an impact of redistributing clockspeed based on energy consumption and performance algorithm.

Changing the Power Option to Performance changes the relationship between Performance and Energy Consumption i.e favouring performance at the cost of increased energy consumption.

Read More on CPU and SQL Server

SQL Server – Performance Top Queries by Total CPU Time - SQL ...

SQL Server - How much resource is a SQL database using - memory, disk, IOPS,CPU



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