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i5 4670k Idle cpu usage

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I just helped my buddy overseas build his first real gaming P.C. He went with the 4670k which was a no brainer 8 gigs of vengence ram and MSI-Z87 G65 if it matters I guess ill mention his PSU TX 650 any ways he is telling me he is experience weird CPU usage idle just on the desktop for example, running 75 processes and having usage between 20-25%. I find this rather high and also his CPU is throttling speeds ranging from 800MHZ to 3500 I reckon this is a power saving feature on the board I am a new to Haswell my self and maybe this has something to do with the usage. General programs are open too BTW firefox, skype, steam, and origin. On my 4770k running 84 processes I am not breaking 9& usage and my CPU doesn't throttle below 3500 MHZ. Any insight is welcome. My new haswell specs are in my sig. thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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I have a similar set up only difference is ram company n I have G45 mobo so when I get home I'll look up my usage and what not
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thanks will help out alot
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just three more hours till I get outs this hell they call work
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maybe while waiting, have your friend check what programs (unusual ones specifically) that are running at startup.

or you can go at task manager, go to "processes" tab, then click on the "CPU" column to sort which program is using the CPU the highest. youll see something like this (using windows 7) but you guys prolly know it already:



also, you are correct about the 800mhz~3500mhz being a power saving feature. you guys can force it to run at constant max mhz though, even on idle, if your friend wants that.
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Yea I just find the usage very strange waiting for onicatus to report back. any one else?
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sry had to work a double but here's what I got when I booted up, total if 42 things running and the cpu was at 3%
if this doesn't help out PM me n I'll research it more when I'm not so sleepy
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