Question CPU Speed Throttling When Running Steam Games

Apr 2, 2020
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Hi Everyone!

I'm currently having some issues with CPU throttling when I am running newer games (Jedi: Fallen Order, Destiny 2, Sekiro) on my machine. As soon as the game loads in, my CPU drops down to ~2.7 GHz and will be capped at 1.225V on all 4 cores and doesn't go back up to full speed and receive a higher voltage (max voltage it receives is 1.475V) until I've exited the game. I've checked temperatures using HWMonitor and Core Temp and the CPU doesn't seem to get any higher than ~40 C. Whenever I run a stress test using Prime95 the CPU gets up to the turbo speed of 3.8 GHz on all cores fine, and at idle the CPU remains at the base 3.5 GHz speed.

I've tried updating Windows 10, updating GPU drivers, dusting the components, even reapplying thermal paste to the CPU and heatsink to make sure that it's not overheating. I've also tried playing around with some of the BIOS settings like the AMD Cool'n'Quiet, Turbo Boost, C6 state but that didn't do anything.

Has anyone got any ideas of what is going on, and how I can fix it?

Build Details:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-D3H
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 845 @ 3.5 GHz
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: 8GB DDR3
PSU: EVGA 500W
 

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