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*Edit: Still a little new here, also new to building PC's, also new to Intel's processors. I must of missed Speedstep. The oddest thing though, my games were running a little choppy and now they're not... Puzzling, the OCN Gods must of thought I needed smoother frame rates.*

Hello,

I recently finished my very first build for a preference here are a list of the components:
  • CPU - i3 2100
  • GPU - MSI 560 ti 2GB
  • Motherboard - Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3
  • PSU - Seasonic X-Series 650W
  • RAM - G.Skill 1333 (2x4GB)
  • HDD - Seagate 500GB
  • CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 Evo

I was a little underwhelmed with the system's gaming performance as of late and started to research a little and saw some identical machines outperforming mine by quite a considerable margin. And look what I found:



I haven't touched the bois except for a few tweaks in the hard drive area. As I recall the stock core speed of a 2100 is 3.1Ghz and I can't imagine why I'm getting half of that. Should I attempt to raise the multiplier? I'm still a little new to that kind of thing, nothing a little more research couldn't fix but I'm just a little confused as to why clock is so low in the first place. Any suggestions?
Edited by Tastel3ss - 9/16/12 at 2:59pm
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Has anyone else ever experienced a similar situation with this CPU or others or is it possibly the motherboard? Should I attempt clearing the CMOS or setting the BIOS back to default? Again, not entirely sure what effects these things would have on my system.
post #3 of 6
Lol, it's intel speed step, it reduces the processors frequency when it's not being loaded to save power and reduce heat, just run prime 95, or any taxing program and it will return to 3.1ghz instantly.
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Ryzen 2017
(17 items)
 
Home Server
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD R7 1700 @ 3.95GHz - 1.425V Asus Prime X370 Pro Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti FE 2000/6000 @ 1.025v 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill DDR4 2933MHz CL16-16-16-35 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
BPX 120GB NVMe SSD *boot* Intel 730 Series 240GB SSD Crucial BX100 1TB SSD Asus DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Pro x64 Acer XG270HU 1440P 144Hz Freesync Cougar 600k Mechanical 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic x1050w Antec 1100 V2 Razer Deathadder Elite Steelseries QCK Heavy 
Audio
Plantronics Rig 500e 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Opteron 4226 6 core Valencia 2.7GHz Opteron 4226 6 core Valencia 2.7GHz Asus KCMA-D8 Nvidia GT 520 1GB DDR3 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
32GB (4GBx8) Kingston 1066 ECC DDR3 (4x) Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD's out of an old NAS Lightscribe CD/DVDRW Xubuntu 16.04 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 17" 4:3 Trash Dell Membrane OCZ 750w Generic Mid Tower 
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when a pc does nothing then it will downclock itself and decrease its vcore
when u are going to game it comes back to life
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Oh ahah! Now I feel stupid! I let CPU-Z run while I started up RAGE. Saw it jump to 3.1Ghz. *facepalm* Maybe Borderlands just doesn't like my setup. :/
post #6 of 6
It's Intel Speedstep(EIST) which helps reduce power draw/heat when idle by lowering the clock speed and voltages. Once you load your games/apps that the stress the CPU, it will ramp up to 3.1GHz automatically without user intervention.

You can clear CMOS and set default in UEFI to rule out any incorrect settings. All Intel/AMD processors do this, but make you Windows Power Options is not limiting you i3. To check that go to Control Panel>Power Options>Select(Current Plan)>Edit Plan Settings>Change advanced power settings>Processor Power Management. Once you are there, set Maximum Processor State to 100%.



Edit: Ahh, got beaten to it. redface.gif
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