Does anyone know of a utility to see the current speed of the processor?

To be clear, I'm not looking for the model/speed of the CPU, but rather what the CPU is currently clocked at (i.e. it will reduce speed if it overheats).

  • How current! it is variable pending the demand. – Ruskes Jul 30 '13 at 19:21

There is a tool that does that called Intel® Power Gadget.

It will show the current load and Frequency

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And Version 3.5.3 on macOS (latest is 3.5.5):

version 3.5.3 on macOS

  • fantastic official tool ! – Qiqi Jan 5 '14 at 3:04
  • This doesn't work on the Mid 2013 MBA (and probably any other Haswell CPU architecture Mac) as you get an error when attempting to install the package file. The error states that your CPU is too old (when in fact, it appears to be too new!). You can bypass the CPU check, but I don't take responsibility if it somehow does damage to your computer. To do it, right click the .mpkg file and "Show Package Contents". Navigate to /Contents/Resources and open cpu-check.sh with TextEdit. After the first line, add a new line "exit 1;" without the quotes. Save the file, and run the mpkg again. – cathalog Nov 10 '14 at 15:31
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    Works fine on the Mid 2014 rMBP. – Stefano Palazzo Dec 9 '14 at 12:56
  • Is there an alternative which works on High Sierra? – Royi Nov 21 '17 at 13:27
  • @Royi Use this old version: software.intel.com/sites/default/files/blog/347418/… (Extract the zip and start the installer inside the .dmg) – Adrian Jan 14 '18 at 22:25

well there are two ways, if you want to see your processor load you can check activity monitor.

but if you want the actual frequencies here "Intel Power Gadget" is what you are looking for: (thank Yevgeni for the link)


i just installed it to and it works GREAT

(side note, if you want super accurate readings, keep in mind, the intel application itself, uses some (altho minimal) power)

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    It's not a good idea to link to an old version of the app. Links break or get old all the time. – Acumenus Jan 4 '15 at 16:47
  • was it old when i linked it? is the name absent? altho i get your point! – Macmaniman Jan 4 '15 at 20:48
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    All I know is that Intel had me download a zip file which contained the dmg. As such, the dmg link in the answer above can't be authoritative. FWIW, I upvoted your answer. – Acumenus Jan 5 '15 at 0:46
  • When I clicked the link it directly downloaded the app, which is bad since - I want to know what I am downloading before downloading – solti Nov 15 '15 at 4:04
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    Intel Power Gadget worked OK for me on sierra with a 2015 MBP here... – rogerdpack Dec 20 '16 at 20:15

If you open Activity Monitor (Applicantions > Utilities > Activity Monitor), you can do two things to get a visual of current processor performance:

1) You can set the Dock icon to display the performance:


In Activity Monitor, go to View > Dock Icon > Show CPU Usage. As a bonus, the performance bars are also shown while Option+Tab'ing through apps.

2) Go to Window > CPU History. This will display a floating window with CPU performance:


It can be set to to always stay on top of other windows too.

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    Those graphs show CPU usage, not clock speed (thus the downvotes) – Alfred Xing Jun 8 '16 at 23:12

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