Originally Posted by Silviastud
The Turbo feature is not really the right thing to be referring to here. The Turbo feature looks at how many cores you are using and will disable unused cores, and increase the multiplier for the used ones, thus overclocking those cores.
What you are seeing is an idle power saving feature, and this can be disabled in your BIOS if you look under the CPU control options. I know someone more familiar with Asus' bios can tell you right where to go to disable this feature.
However, if you want to see that your CPU is operating fine, you need to force it not to idle, by loading it. Open up Prime95 and start it up with 8 threads and you will see your CPU automatically reach it's normal operating speeds and you'll see that temp jump rather quickly.
Until you disable the proper power saving features in your bios your CPU will continue to downclock while idling.
I'll just point you to this spec: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html
Read it and understand turbo boost ^.^
Hell I keep on telling him to just actually run something but he seems to not be open to that
Originally Posted by amdoit
Buddy, aint trying to impress no one. Like I said, is there a way to set it NOT to idle, I DO NOT want it to idle, unless Intel f'ed up their cpu arch and trying to hide it by forcing the idling of the cpu.
Idling is what happens when the cpu is not doing anything. Why in the world do you want your screensaver to be powered by a 4.5ghz quad core monster?
You cant turn "idling" off, its a state of being, just like how when you, as a person, are not moving(be it in a car, or walking, or biking, or whatever) you are considered "still"
If you don't want it to idle, run prime95 24/7, it'll be toasty happy loaded 100% ^.^
I suppose you COULD try and turn off turbo, speed stepping, and any automatic adjustment of anything cpu-related and overclock by pushing higher bclk but I really don't see why you would want to do that when you bought a K series processor
This is extremely similar to how graphics cards work too, they tend to downclock to very low clockspeeds when you are not doing things that require any 3d rendering or gpu driven number crunching, basically when they are "idle"Edited by rpg711 - 6/1/13 at 11:46pm