Why is my CPU clocked at a slower speed?

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  1. Splych
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    Like really slower...?

    My CPU is suppose to be clocked at 3.1GHz, but instead, it is clocked at 0.8GHz .

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    what could be the cause of this?

    if it is important:
    - i have a AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE [I bought it during... October]
    - my mobo is a Biostar TA790GX 128M

    i don't know why it is clocked lower than indicated. does anyone know how i can increase it?

    and if increasing it requires a software, send a link.
     
  2. Cermage

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    cooling problems or just a power saving problem maybe.
     
  3. Joe88

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    try unzipping some huge file then rechecking the clock speed
    its probably in idle mode right now
     
  4. Splych
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    Cooling problems...? I switched from a stock cooler to a Cooler Master Hyper 212... I looked at it, and it was slightly dusty, but I just cleaned the computer...?
    Power Saving...? Desktops have power saving options :wtf:? I am on Windows 7, and I never even knew of a Power Saving feature?

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    @ Joe - I was unzipping a large file, and I had CPU-Z measure the CPU Speed. It was the usual 800MHz, and then it increased to 3100MHz then decreased to 1900MHz then 800MHz etc. It just kept on increasing and decreasing the CPU Speed?

    And if I were to over-clock this CPU, what would be the easiest way to O/C it?
     
  5. Joe88

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    its enabled by default in the motherboard bios
    the os has nothing to do with it
     
  6. Splych
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    Okay, so if I wanted the CPU to stay at 3.1GHz always, is it possible?
     
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    im gonna stop replying to gbatemp my posts are always underminded by the next post to make me sound stupid
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  8. Cermage

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    amd uses cool n quiet for that, you just have to disable it in the bios. cool 'n' quiet pretty much is a power saving feature, it downclocks your cpu whenever you aren't using it heavily to keep it cooler and keep the cpu fan quiet.
     
  9. Spartan117H3

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    Actually, from my experience, it downclocks all the time, even under full load. This is why overclockers turn it off. As for power saving, type in power in the search bar above the start button.
     
  10. Splych
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    I found the cause.

    My computer was set to "Balanced Performance" which downgraded my CPU speed. I switched it to High Performance and changed some settings and now my CPU is always clocked at 3.1GHz. I will look into Cool 'N' Quiet once I restart my computer again.

    Now, what are some good programs/guides that can assist me in O/C-ing my CPU?
     
  11. Adydsauza

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    It's called EIST, or speedstep. When the CPU is not being used, it will downclock itself to a lower speed to save energy. You can disable it in BIOS. Almost every person who overclocks disables this option, because it can lead to instability.

    Go into BIOS and turn off C1E or EIST. It's Intel's speedstep lowering clocks under no load.
     
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    he's got a amd chip, not an intel, speedstep doesn't apply in this case.

    as for o/c'ing. the best way to do it is through bios. seeing as you've got a black edition, just try bumping up the multi by .5 or 1, iirc default multi is 15.5 so 16x or 16.5x. test it with a program like prime95. keep going till it crashes, average i've seen is around 18-18.5 with a raised vcore (usually to around 1.44), stock fsb (200).

    though first thing i'd do is try and unlock the cores. browse around your motherboards bios a bit till you find an option called ACC and set it auto. it *should* unlock the extra 2 cores, though it might be unstableish.
     
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    Wait, why do you care what it's clocked at when you're not using it? As you saw, when it's needed it'll go back up to full speed, and when it's not needed or useful at all it's downclocked to a lower speed to save power and heat production.