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$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep -iE "model name|cpu MHz|processor"
processor    : 0
model name   : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHz
cpu MHz      : 1600.000
processor    : 1
model name   : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHz
cpu MHz      : 1600.000
processor    : 2
model name   : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHz
cpu MHz      : 1600.000
processor    : 3
model name   : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHz
cpu MHz      : 1600.000

As far as the model name goes, why is it being reported @ 2.40 Ghz when each processor's cpu MHz is 1600?

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The model name is just text, it's not really "reporting" anything. –  user606723 Oct 24 '11 at 17:00

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2.4GHz is what the core is rated for. 1.6GHz is what SpeedStep is currently running it at.

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Your car might have a maximum speed of 240 km/h. It does not mean it would be necessary to drive that fast all the time.

Modern CPUs are also throttling their speed on-demand basis. A typical desktop usage rarely needs maximum speed, so CPU will run on lower speed to save energy and also for lowering the temperature. What you are seeing is normal and expected behaviour.

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