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cheer
Journeyman III

Why is my CPU running 4.2GHz or higher on idle?

Its a 3900X in X570 aorus master. CPU is always 4GHz+ at idle. CPU usage is between 2-5%. Why does this happen and how do I fix it?

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waltc
Miniboss

Re: Why is my CPU running 4.2GHz or higher on idle?

This can happen for 1-2 reasons:

1) You haven't given the system enough time to drop into idle mode (after running your monitoring software) which should be Ryzen Master--give it a minute or two with no mouse/keyboard activity to drop into idle so that you can see the cores sleeping.

2) If it's running at 4..2GHz when you've allowed it sufficient time to drop most of your cores into  sleep mode (in Ryzen Master's "Home" setting, they'll say "sleep" when cores sleep), then that means you have something running in the background that is keeping at least one core busy.  Pull up the Task Manager to try and isolate the errant program. 

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