Something I didn't notice, wondered if it was a bug for the longest time. When I fresh installed windows, I would notice that my CPU core speeds, with speedstep enabled and all that jazz, would use speeds anywhere from 12x multi to 30x, and the OC multiplier (36 for now), then after a while, it would only use 12x multi and OC multi. Turns out that setting your performance power plan to 'high performance' will set any cores used immediately to max multiplier. Balanced power plan ramps up the speeds instead of setting max multi immediately, only doing so if theres a significant load, The power saver plan is very persistent in keeping low multipliers unless there is a prolonged load.
While having some chrome pages open, a twitch stream playing, and some music, I have about 100 watts on-die power usage using max performance power plan.
Changing it to 'balanced' is 65 watts and no cores are detected using multi's higher than 12x.
Power saver brings it down to 60 watts.
I do not use offset or adaptive voltage right now, hence high power usage.