Intel® Power Gadget - provides processor power and energy usage information on 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor (Sandy Bridge) platforms

It is always a challenge to measure power usage of the processor by software which usually requires special purpose tools or instrumentation along with third party equipment. The 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family (codename Sandy Bridge) offers an energy counter to estimate the power drawn by the processor and Intel® Power Gadget is utilizing this energy counter and provides an easy way to estimate power consumption of the processor without cumbersome setup.

Common use of Intel® Power Gadget is via Windows® 7 sidebar gadget. It is a simple and easy way to monitor energy usage of the processor. Provides processor power (Watts) and frequency (MHz) in real-time via graph displayed by the gadget. It lets you log the power and frequency measurements and save it in a csv format.

Intel® Power Gadget consist of the following components
- Set of driver and libraries which access/reads the energy MSR from the processor and then post process the processor energy counter raw data to calculate the power usage in watts and processor frequency
- The Windows® 7 Sidebar gadget component which is automatically installed (except for server OS). An overview of the gadget is below:

Intel® Power Gadget screenshot

System Requirements
- Windows® 7 64-bit (client platforms)
- Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 RC2 64-bit (server platforms)
- Microsoft* Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x64) - if not yet installed on your system, it will automatically be downloaded from Microsoft site when installing Intel® Power Gadget

Go to Intel® Power Gadget article for more details and download access
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