How to change the CPU frequency settings

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 Service Pack 1 (SLED 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 Service Pack 1 (SLED 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)


How to set CPU C-States in the SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12 family.


To temporarily change the setting (resets upon reboot) run:

sudo /usr/bin/cpupower frequency-set <options>

For available options review the "cpupower-frequency-set" man page.

To permanently change the setting create a custom systemd service with the required settings, for example:

1. Create the file "/etc/systemd/system/cpupower.service" with the following content:


Description=CPU powersave


ExecStart=/usr/bin/cpupower frequency-set -g performance


2. Once the file is created execute:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

systemctl enable cpupower.service


From SLE 12 onwards it is not possible anymore to set CPU C-States with YaST.


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  • Document ID:7021316
  • Creation Date: 07-Sep-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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