Profiler X is coming to Mac OS X. No, it’s not a Carbonized version of the late NBC show, but a diagnostic utility from PowerLogix.
Profiler X, now in beta testing, is a Mac OS X version of the Cache Profiler software for OS 9 that lets users of OS X read the processor speed, cache speed and other details of their machine. It allows users to enable/disable, on-the-fly, the motherboard cache, turn on/off Speculative Access Management, and monitor the processor type, speed, temperature, version number, and select the backside cache ratio reported in MHz and as a ratio to CPU speed, to name just a few.
The public beta also has a command line interface for changing L2 cache settings. This code works with all PowerLogix upgrade cards. (Some models of PowerLogix cards set the cache automatically and don’t require software.) It also works with all other brands of processor cards, as it supports any PowerPC compatible SRAM and any valid PowerPC cache size, according to Robin Howdershelt, marketing director for PowerLogix.
“This new utility works on any machine running OS X,” he said in a statement. “Profiler X is the first diagnostic tool for OS X that reports processor temperature, cache size, backside cache speed, and bus speed. It’s is very helpful for owners of upgrade cards to verify the operation of their backside cache.”
Profile X is available for
download now. A GUI (graphical user interface) version of the command line interface of is expected to be released very soon.