Question AMD Ryzen 7 3700X - how to keep constant speed?

sharath_83

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I brought a new PC assembled from a computer shop few days back. Later i have been noticing the Task Manager CPU section. below it shows Base Speed: 3.60 GHz, to the left of it the Speed with Utilization keeps changing based on what all i run on this PC. Now sometimes it goes above 3.60 Ghz (Not sure what is the X in 3700X, is it over clocking?). Is there a way i can set the Speed to 3.60 Ghz and not go above? .... How will be the CPU perform overtime, when the speed goes above 3.60 GHz? .... Excuse me if this a noob question :)

New PC Config:
CPU:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3rd Gen
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair HERO VIII
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB X 2 (32GB) 3600Mhz
Graphic Card: Sapphire Radeon RX580 8GB DDR5
SMPS Power Supply - Cooler Master 750W 230V
Cabinet - Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 RGB
Monitors: Samsung 24 inch LED Dual monitor
 

sharath_83

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Why do you want a constant speed?

It’s designed to boost up to 4.4 GHz when there is certain workload and sufficient thermal and power headroom. It is designed to do this, there is no advantage I can see for crippling it to 3.6.
I meant to go below 3.60, but since you mentioned it's designed to boost, i think i got it. Thank you.
 

sharath_83

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Background tasks. The system is never truly 'idle'.

All that you've described is perfectly normal.
Ryzen 3000 is a 'bursty' little cpu, and you will see this behavior quite frequently. Don't get hung up over it.
Got it. Good to know that's it's normal ... alrighty. Thank you.
 

CosmicDance

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You can set your Windows Power Plan to Power Saver which will limit your CPU to 2200 MHZ whilst browsing in Windows, watching a movie etc.
Just put it back to Balanced for gaming or intensive use so that it can boost again.

Andy
 
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