Originally Posted by PDXMark
I'm not sure why you are running your FX-3850 at 1.4GHz, but that CPU is 4GHz stock
. If you have "P-State" and/or "Power Now" enabled in BIOS, your lowest power state will be 1.4GHz at 0.875Vcore(Pstate-#4). Judging by your CPU-Z validation voltage(which is usually not the same reading as what is found in BIOS, but close[+/-]), it looks like you validated in P-state#4
. I'm not sure how to adjust AMD machines, so I'll assume if P-State is disabled your machine will run at the stock 4GHz. However, I don't know why your P-state would not scale up when using intensive programs like games, this is unless P-State is not that smart at reading program needs. You really shouldn't have to spend any money to get your machine working faster, just seems that you have improper BIOS and clock settings. If you could get that FX-8350 to run at 4GHz, you would realize you don't have to spend anything in regards to CPU or GPU and could buy yourself some SSD's with the money you save.
Cool'n Quiet; Thermal Throttling; Anything labelled "Power Now" and "P-state"
Raise CPU multiplier to 20(200MHz FSB x 20cycles = 4000MHz ~ 4GHz core speed)
Should be relatively stable with auto-voltages at stock core speed(4GHz), but that will have to be your next process, getting voltages stable.
Good luck, hope this little bit of info helps!