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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Cpu max frequency

I just got my new ryzen 5 3600 and its always been running at 4.2 ghz and it never goes lower and I want to know how I can stop that so I can play my games without my CPU exploding. The bios says its 3.6 but task manager and nzxt says its max frequency

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Adept III
Adept III

Re: Cpu max frequency

Hey there.

Windows TaskManager will not show the actual CPU frequency:
Effective clock vs instant (discrete) clock - HWinfo Forum 

You should try to check your CPU core voltage(s) and C6 (deep sleep) power states, instead.
If you see your core voltage drop to 0,8 - 1,025 volts on idle, then everything is working fine.
Check your BIOS setting "Global C-State control", which needs to be enabled for power saving.

And while you are checking these values, have a look at your CPU temps while gaming.
If you can stay below 80°C while gaming, it should be all good there as well.

 

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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Re: Cpu max frequency

i enabled it nothing changed, im running 1400 volts idle and its well over 80 while gaming and I know the thermal paste was applied correctly

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