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First of all, glad to be back on the forums biggrin.gif

Now, just got me a i7-3770K that somehow doesn't even run at stock clock 3.5GHz, instead 1.5GHz thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif.
I've tried the basic OC guide and used the CPU Level Up method but none worked. It still runs at 1.5GHz.
Is there an effective guide to clock it at 4.2-4.5GHz, No more than that, I'm not looking to break records.

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mine sits at 1.6ghz at idle, it's how turbo/eist works, you gotta actually load it for turbo to kick in and reach your set multiplier

either that or your auto voltage is going haywire and its throttling due to temps. try restoring defaults in bios, setting 1.20v and setting a manual 35x multiplier and see if that works.

the h50 a pretty poor aio though... it's worse than almost every tower air cooler
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mine sits at 1.6ghz at idle, it's how turbo/eist works, you gotta actually load it for turbo to kick in and reach your set multiplier

either that or your auto voltage is going haywire and its throttling due to temps. try restoring defaults in bios, setting 1.20v and setting a manual 35x multiplier and see if that works.

the h50 a pretty poor aio though... it's worse than almost every tower air cooler

I set the Turbo feature to Manual to avoid that and the temps barely reach 35C!
I don't want the CPU to idle, rather constant 4.2-4.5GHz, because when I'm using it, there is no mercy.
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I set the Turbo feature to Manual to avoid that and the temps barely reach 35C!
I don't want the CPU to idle, rather constant 4.2-4.5GHz, because when I'm using it, there is no mercy.
You aren't getting the point, turbo works like that your multiplier range is probably 16-45, if there is no utilization, it will clock down, when there is any load, it will raise its multiplier to 45 as long as its within tdp. having a clock speed of 1.6ghz while there is no load is there for power savings and has no impact on actual performance. if you want to impress people by posting screenshots you can just run anything that will load the cpu and watch your speeds go up.
   
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You aren't getting the point, turbo works like that your multiplier range is probably 16-45, if there is no utilization, it will clock down, when there is any load, it will raise its multiplier to 45 as long as its within tdp. having a clock speed of 1.6ghz while there is no load is there for power savings and has no impact on actual performance. if you want to impress people by posting screenshots you can just run anything that will load the cpu and watch your speeds go up.

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.
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So you're saying (sorry to butt in) it runs even at 1.5Ghz under full load, whether that be a rendering program or Prime95?

If so, check BIOS to turn off ALL energy saving features.

I'm guessing if you've done so, check if your multiplier/FSB is fluctuating (somehow) under load.

I'm no Intel expert, but I'm guessing the experts would need more info before being able to help you. Good luck. thumb.gif
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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.
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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.

Assuming that you're using Windows, try setting your power plan to "High Performance" instead of "Balanced".
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Also, I was one to think that downclocking under idle would mean more time taken to load and therefore less response.

Then I realize my moving cursor to click to launch a program to launchING the program would not require 4.2 GHz and it would clock up quick enough anyway...

*disclaimer* Using AMD's Cool'n'Quiet. Thought it was throttling/bottling me. It wasn't. C1 and C6 etc are the devils though.
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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 tongue.gif
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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"
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