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Question CPU Clock down from 3.30GHz to 1.596GHz while gaming

Apr 26, 2021
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Hey guys, I have problem with my CPU, its clock speed goes down from 3.30GHz to 1.596GHz.
This happens only while playing games.
It goes like this for about minute or two, then it goes back to 3.30 for3 minutes and again goes to 1.596GHz.



Full PC Specs:
GPU - MSI R7 260X 2GB OCV1
CPU - I3-2120
Motherboard - MSI H61M-P20 (G3)
RAM - Hynix / Hyundai 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz
PSU -500W
HDD - Western Digital 1TB WD10EZEX
 

kanewolf

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Hey guys, I have problem with my CPU, its clock speed goes down from 3.30GHz to 1.596GHz.
This happens only while playing games.
It goes like this for about minute or two, then it goes back to 3.30 for3 minutes and again goes to 1.596GHz.



Full PC Specs:
GPU - MSI R7 260X 2GB OCV1
CPU - I3-2120
Motherboard - MSI H61M-P20 (G3)
RAM - Hynix / Hyundai 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz
PSU -500W
HDD - Western Digital 1TB WD10EZEX
That is classic behavior of overheating. Have you monitored the CPU temperature?
 

boju

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Thanks. Temps and cpu speed looks fine. Prime95 is a vigorous tester and your processor didn't overheat and maintained turbo.

What games are you playing when clocks drop? Have you tried setting Windows power performance to high?
 
Apr 26, 2021
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Thanks. Temps and cpu speed looks fine. Prime95 is a vigorous tester and your processor didn't overheat and maintained turbo.

What games are you playing when clocks drop? Have you tried setting Windows power performance to high?
i already have set power settings to the max performance and basically in every game the clock drops
 
Jul 15, 2021
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It never hurts to apply some new fresh thermal paste. The standard paste tends to dry out. Especially after 4+ years. Had problems like this before. Then I realised I was running with the same paste over 6 years.
 

boju

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It never hurts to apply some new fresh thermal paste. The standard paste tends to dry out. Especially after 4+ years. Had problems like this before. Then I realised I was running with the same paste over 6 years.
Only an issue if cpu begins to overheat and hopefully caught sooner than later but OP isn't having thermal problems though.
 

boju

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in every game its clock speed dropping, like csgo, payday 2, hotline miami 2, world of tanks, warframe, unturned and many others.
During the benchmark something failed and it cannot see my gpu, heres link to result https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/44757786

Nothing is pointing in the reasoning for your cpu decreasing speed, all seems normal so far. Is there any way you can screenshot us what you're seeing when speed drops in games?
 

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