Question CPU clocks oscillate between few MHz

Durixx

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Hello!

I've got my i5 8600k clocked @ 4,5GHz, 1.2v; never had any issues.

However, as I've recently noticed, my CPU clocks tends to oscillate between 4.498MHz and 4.502MHz, rather than staying fixed at 4.5GHz. Is that normal, or is it something that I should look into?

EDIT: SpeedStep is disabled for the moment.

View: https://imgur.com/a/vRgGbvw


Specs:

MB: MSI Z370-A PRO
CPU: i5 8600k @ 4.5GHz
Cooler: SilentiumPC Fera 3
GPU: Gigabyte 1070 Ti
RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz CL16
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
PSU: Corsair RM750x
 

Durixx

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I've decided to change the clocks to stock value, to see if anything changes. Nope, still oscillating ~ 2 MHz. (4098 - 4102 MHz under stress)
 
That's normal, even if all the "spread-spectrum" clocking settings are disabled in the BIOS. With those settings enabled, the spread is even higher at 0.25%, which in your case would be around 10MHz.

Spread-spectrum is often required to pass FCC certification testing, to reduce the measured EMI emissions to within acceptable legal limits
 

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