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I'm rather put off that my CPU jumps through a hoopla of voltage and clock speed changes, and yes I know you can turn it off in the bios, but what about all those other not so tech savvy users out there?

Intel really needs to make a software switch to control the Speed/Voltage of the Core i Series CPUs, for good reasons..

If they could integrate 5 main switches into a system that controlled the CPU, the user could have constant performance for a specified work environment, rather than waiting for the CPU to adjust for performance.

The main & only gripe I have about Turbo Boost is that it's automatic, so the CPU clocks down and lowers voltages, but the user has no control over this, and that's bad.

The main 5 switches / work environments would be something like so..

Standard - Let the CPU control the Clock / Voltages
Light Use - Web Browsing, light multi-threading or single threaded usage.
Moderate Performance - Multi-Tasking / Multi-Thread usage.
Gaming - High Performance & Multi-Thread Usage.
Extreme Performance - Maximum Settings.

The CPU could still control performance based upon the # of Cores used, but it would have a minimum clock speed that would never change (obviously voltage would have to be automatic always).

That's my 2 cents, just saying...
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This belongs more in the rants section - and it doesn't make sense to do what you're saying - I personally love the fact that my i7 2600k downclocks and lowers the voltage when just doing things such as general browsing / music / etc. its the main reason that I got rid of my i7 930 which would never downclock when overclocked.
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I'm rather put off that my CPU jumps through a hoopla of voltage and clock speed changes, and yes I know you can turn it off in the bios, but what about all those other not so tech savvy users out there?
Why would those less tech savvy users need such settings in first place. If you know enough to overclock your system then turning those options on/off in bios should be a no-brainer. And for those running at stock settings it makes no difference if power saving settings are on.
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If they could integrate 5 main switches into a system that controlled the CPU, the user could have constant performance for a specified work environment, rather than waiting for the CPU to adjust for performance.
Those are just split-second waiting times. Rather than Intel providing software control, Windows 7 (and I think Vista) already has different power profiles that kind of address this issue (Power Saver, Balanced, High Performance) although you might need to tweak them a bit and a couple more profiles to suit your preferences.

Imho, the majority of folks don't really need to bother with this. It's actually better for them that the whole process is more or less seamless and automatic.
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