CPU-Control

CPU-Control


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.1
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1
File Size:
596.08KB
Date Added:
May 03, 2007
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
11,932
Downloads Last Week:
32
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

The experienced user looking to quickly set CPU affinity will like the simple approach of this freeware application. CPU Control's interface is easy to read and even easier to manage. Don't bother looking for a Help file. If you don't understand what this application accomplishes, you probably don't need it.

Operating CPU Control is effortless with any of the five managed modes. With a click you can set the majority of your processes to use either CPU 1 or CPU 2. Select Automatic Mode and the application immediately splits processes across each of the two CPUs. Select processes will operate over both CPUs. Users can not force those applications to use a single CPU. However, all other processes can be individually set to one or the other CPU by using the Manual Mode. Each change is immediately reflected in the Process List. The list is easily sorted by name, ID, or CPU affinity.

The Manual Mode's nine user-set profiles efficiently store process CPU affinity sets for immediate implementation for specific tasks. CPU Control won't wow users with design, bells, or whistles. It will work well at the task for which it was designed.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.1

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current Version:

    2.1

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5 stars

    "No more stuttering Flash videos."

    October 17, 2013   |   By anagrammar

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    Works exactly as advertised. See summary.

    Cons

    No bells or whistles. Would be nice if it came with a core monitor.

    Summary

    This is my first review of anything ever. I have an older dual core with Vista if that matters. I took the advise and downloaded from the publishers sight (discreet link, bottom of page). I suggest also downloading Core Temp from that publishers sight (don't click download installer click "other downloads" and get the stand alone) so you can monitor core activity easily. Core Control did exactly what I was hoping it would do. Older dual cores aren't that intuitive when it comes to sharing the "load" of a browser, especially while streaming any decent video. By default my browsers only utilized one core. The interface is pretty basic (similar to task manager). Automatic setting was an improvement but I found the best result was setting it to manual, right click on the process (process has to be open), click set to profile, click cores 2, then click cores 1+2. I did it for Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Pop Peeper (a very efficient desktop email if you're not familiar). End result is both cores working 50/50. Flash videos are no longer maxing out one core and stuttering. If it works for you, go to the settings and click start with Windows and start minimized to tray and save. I'm glad Cnet gave it 5 stars because the reviews are horrible. Sometimes programs screw up perfectly good computers and sometimes people screw up perfectly good programs. I was so happy with this program I felt obligated to pass along the recommendation (and instructions). Hope it works for you as well.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not Worth the time"

    June 29, 2012   |   By Blade-Ravinger

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    None. At. All

    Cons

    Does nothing at all.. and leaves a file on HDD that i had to Delete Manually

    Summary

    Someone mentioned it was easy to remove, yes but i still had to take a chunk off myself. another said that it works fine for him. u might want to take a closer look.

    I went to the publishers site to download. i installed, that was fine

    the application was working fine.... not, no crashes or errors but i moved everything off CPU 4, so i could keep it clean for games, spread it all across 1, 2 and 3, neatly. CPU 2 & 3 were idle, 1 and 4 were running there **** off, (at about 5% each lol).

    The software looks like its working but using a third-party monitor it shows that its not actually moving stuff around

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  • 1 stars

    "Crashes immediately."

    June 27, 2012   |   By Swiftek

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    None; it's not usable.

    Cons

    Sadly, the negative reviews are correct. On my Quad-Core AMD PC running Windows Vista Ultimate, CPU-Control crashes immediately and starts throwing repeated errors in German, such that it must be killed via Task Manager.

    Summary

    I find it strange that this program is still available on CNet.com, when it clearly has major flaws that are not being addressed by the developer.

    Considering that CPU-Control is a complete waste of time, it should be removed from CNet's download site, IMHO.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great!! Works as mentioned on Win XP SP3"

    September 13, 2010   |   By mktw

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    ability to load-balance by shifting some cpu intensive stuff to the idle cores

    Cons

    little more in help file as i'm not sure if it shows the actual cpu utilisation picture before CPU-Control 1 takes control. If it doesn't show then i may want to see how Windoze was handling my 4 cores.

    Summary

    not sure why negative comments.. upon reading them i headed to the publishers site and downloaded from there.. installed it and it works like charm.
    First i opened Task Manager -> CPU usage history
    then shifted my Jetaudio playing video to Core4, immediately noticed Core4 graph jumped.
    Fired Winrar to compress 6GB folder containing Videos and spread it to 2Cores and then to 4Cores, noticed it happening in the CPU Usage History Graph.
    guys CPU-Control 1 works as mentioned !! my first review here as i was prompted by reading negative about this good product.

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  • 1 stars

    "Who Made this?"

    May 06, 2010   |   By imflyingfast

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    Hmmm nothin but its a program, uninstalles easy. (makes scence gets uninstalled anyways)

    Cons

    did not work. . . crash crash crash.. to many errors. this must have been a custom made prgram couase it wroks for no one

    Summary

    sucks

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  • 1 stars

    "It gets a star only because I can't give it 0"

    February 04, 2010   |   By I_dont_want_a_username

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    As the previous person said, it does uninstall cleanly. It also didn't crash my computer.

    Cons

    It doesn't do anything but pop up with errors once a second (the default refresh rate).

    Summary

    I get a popup window in German, saying that something's gone wrong (my German isn't that great, especially the technical aspect). I managed to get into the settings and found that if I set the update to a value higher than 1 (since it was updating every second and that would cause the error popups), it would then just sit there. It did absolutely nothing... from what I gather, it's supposed to show the processes running so you can alter the core options, but the window was completely blank. So it's useless unless you like the error sound and constant popups plaguing your computer time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Crash City on Win XP SP3"

    June 03, 2008   |   By Actmeister

    Version: CPU-Control 1

    Pros

    To be fair it does uninstall cleanly.

    Cons

    As soon as I click on any option, I get a nasty sound out of my speakers and an instant crash of windows. No chance to save files or close programs, just a black screen followed by a re-boot. I haven't had a program this nasty in a long time.

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