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Im having issues with my overclock.
It used to throttle my cpu down to 1.6ghz when idle. I changed from auto oc to manual oc as auto would set the voltage all the way up to 1.275 for a 4.0ghz oc.

The only settings ive changed are the multipliers (to 42), the voltage (to a FIXED amount - 1.150v) and my ram profile to xmp, to use 1600

Please help! Nothing else was changed
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I have an extreme 3 gen 3 so it could be different, but check your intel speed step in the bios. Im an amateur but in my opinion use a voltage curve dont use a fixed voltage.
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I just reset the bios, and the CPU STILL runs at 3.7GHz at idle.
Does anyone have ANY idea what the flying f*ck is going on? I think my PC is on death row, and I only got it not long ago..
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Thats weird it wants to idle at a high clock, your sure nothing is running? Someone will be able to help you, but i dont think you need to panic about your computer dying.
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Here: http://puu.sh/2ZPgM.jpg
This is after I reset the BIOS

CPU reset, and everything. It was working fine, 4.2GHz OC at 1.50v which throttled down to 1.6GHz in idle until I ran Prime95 over night, and when I came back and turned it off the CPU would remain at max clock speeds, thought it was just a temporary problem. Installed all windows 7 updates, restarted numerous times, played with CPU settings, changed them all back to default, finally reset the bios.

Nothing. As you can see by the above image, both RealTemp and CPU-Z show the CPU to be clocked at max, and the temps high due to that, while task manager shows 0% CPU usage. Nothing is running either.

I'm dying here frown.gif
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Is your Windows "power plan" set to Balanced? If not, try doing that.
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Is your Windows "power plan" set to Balanced? If not, try doing that.

Oh wow, that did the trick. I've had it on High Performance for a long, long time though. Am I going to lose any performance when actually benchmarking or in game with the power plan set to Balanced? Why does High Performance only now max out my CPU but never did before? Cheers.

I see on the microsoft website it says it offers full performance when you need it, but then under High Performance it also saids it may increase performance further in some circumstances.

By the way, I love you mate no homo. I was googling since I saw it, going through so many key words, looking through so many forums, and nobody gave an answer.
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Am I going to lose any performance when actually benchmarking or in game with the power plan set to Balanced? Why does High Performance only now max out my CPU but never did before? Cheers.

I see on the microsoft website it says it offers full performance when you need it, but then under High Performance it also saids it may increase performance further in some circumstances.

When it comes to desktops, all "High Performance" does for you is make it impossible for your CPU to down-clock during idle. Rest assured that "Balanced" will still get maximum performance when your CPU is actually under load.

As to why "High Performance" seems to have behaved differently than before, I couldn't say.
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Glad you fixed it. In case you're wondering, it's called "speed step" by intel. I believe there is a bios option as well as windows option to disable/enable it.
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Glad you fixed it. In case you're wondering, it's called "speed step" by intel. I believe there is a bios option as well as windows option to disable/enable it.

I saw it in my bios, it's set to Auto
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Corsair Force Series 3 Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST200DM001) Generic Optical Drive Stock Cooler 
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Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Samsung S23B350 Ducky DK2108 Zero Mechanical Keyboard Generic 850w PSU 
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Bitfenix Shinobi Razer Naga Molten Edition Razer Goliathus Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 PCI 
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Intel i7 2600k Intel DH67GD Gainward GTX 550Ti 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 Western Digital Green 1TB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Asus VS247H 
Monitor
Samsung S23B350H 
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