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Heya all


So I've got p8p67 evo mobo, and my intel i7 2600k is staying at idle clock even in demanding program/games. (1.6 GHZ). I have my bios at default settings, turbo enabled and turbo is set to 40. So it should go to 4 GHZ in games?
I'm using power saving mode in windows tho, because I want to keep my bills at minimium. Is this just normal behaviour of power saver mode?

For example, when I play battlefield 3, my FPS is 25 in power saving mode and cpu ghz is 1.6, even in game.
Then I change to high performance mode and my fps is 50 in game, cpu ghz 4.0.

is there something wrong with my power savijng mode? I was under the impression that still in demandful programs/games the processor would upclock to 4 GHZ even if in powersaver mode.

Thanks for the answers beforehand smile.gif
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It is probably the power saving mode. I have an ASUS MB and the I tried using its power saving functions. Well, its power saving functions turned off turbo and ran at idle speeds. Took me a few hours to figure it out. Thought I had blown the chip some how.
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It is probably the power saving mode. I have an ASUS MB and the I tried using its power saving functions. Well, its power saving functions turned off turbo and ran at idle speeds. Took me a few hours to figure it out. Thought I had blown the chip some how.

Well I'm not using the "asus power saver" I'm using the one in windows hehe smile.gif Don't know if the windows power saver mode turned that on?
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I would recommend keeping the power saving features in Windows that are related to the CPU turned off. Intel Speed Step is the feature that dynamically controls the multiplier to get you the full speed when needed, but saves power when not needed. You can turn that on or off in the BIOS, but it sounds like that is on, and that should be all you need so that you get a good balance between saving energy and being able to play games thumb.gif
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I would recommend keeping the power saving features in Windows that are related to the CPU turned off. Intel Speed Step is the feature that dynamically controls the multiplier to get you the full speed when needed, but saves power when not needed. You can turn that on or off in the BIOS, but it sounds like that is on, and that should be all you need so that you get a good balance between saving energy and being able to play games thumb.gif

I have a custom power profile that turns all that off, so I don't have to access BIOS everytime I do that.

I basically keep power-save mode on when I afk/leave computer on at night. And when I play games I turn my custom power profile on (it turns all power saving modes off).

So, can anyone check for me whether this is normal behaviour or are your frame rates halved with POWER SAVE MODE ON in windows?
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If I were you I'd just turn all power saving modes off. At idle a PC uses almost no power really, only something like 150w or so, which really is nothing. I can't think of any other reason for the cpu to stay at idle clocks.
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If I were you I'd just turn all power saving modes off. At idle a PC uses almost no power really, only something like 150w or so, which really is nothing. I can't think of any other reason for the cpu to stay at idle clocks.

Guess so, I just hate to wonder whether there's something broken in my pc or not smile.gif
post #9 of 10
Turn off windows power saving features. The motherboard handles power saving features such as downclocking the CPU and bumping the speed up based on load.

As you have seen, windows power profiles just mess things up, leave them a lone, you'll gain nothing from using them.
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Guess so, I just hate to wonder whether there's something broken in my pc or not smile.gif

Well if something was broken I'd say it maybe wouldn't even turn on. And there shouldn't be anything broken making the CPU Constantly run at idle speeds.
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