Question R5 2600x - any advice welcome

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Hey! So this is my setup:
CPU: R5 2600x [stock settings] [Wraith Prism cooler]
MB: ASRock B450M Pro4-F [bios P1.60]
RAM: 2x HyperX Savage 8GB DDR4 3000MHz HX430C15SB2/8 [@2933MHz, XMP]
PSU: Seasonic Core GC-650W Gold
OS: Windows 10 Pro 19043.1237

My issue:
View: https://imgur.com/a/Spnh57V

This is IDLE. The graph range is around 1:30 - 2min.
What I'm getting from this is that something keeps the processor from undervolting/underclocking and causes it to spike back up. This is with the Windows' Balanced power plan. When I set it to AMD Ryzen Balanced, EDC stays > 90%.

When I assembled this build I first had a 2600, a couple of days after I had an offer for a 2600x and got it instead. I just replaced the processors, applied thermal paste and that's about it. I reset the bios settings, changed only XMP profiles. What lead me to monitor all of this was the cpu fan ramping up and down, I noticed what's causing it and decided to update the chipset driver too. Nothing changed.
Fan curve is adjusted so it doesn't rev on idle.

Concerns:
Could it be a bios version issue?
On the MB's support page(https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/B450M Pro4-F/#BIOS), my current bios version(1.6) has a warning about it: " *ASRock do NOT recommend updating this BIOS if Pinnacle, Raven or Summit Ridge CPU is being used on your system. "
I didn't monitor the 2600 much I had before this one now, but I compared the graph with a friend who has a 3600 and his readings are stable(underclocks to about 2k MHz iirc, or less, consistent voltage and temp)

I'm not as much tech competent, but I do have some basic knowledge. Any help is much appreciated!
 
Hey! So this is my setup:
CPU: R5 2600x [stock settings] [Wraith Prism cooler]
MB: ASRock B450M Pro4-F [bios P1.60]
RAM: 2x HyperX Savage 8GB DDR4 3000MHz HX430C15SB2/8 [@2933MHz, XMP]
PSU: Seasonic Core GC-650W Gold
OS: Windows 10 Pro 19043.1237

My issue:
View: https://imgur.com/a/Spnh57V

This is IDLE. The graph range is around 1:30 - 2min.
What I'm getting from this is that something keeps the processor from undervolting/underclocking and causes it to spike back up. This is with the Windows' Balanced power plan. When I set it to AMD Ryzen Balanced, EDC stays > 90%.

When I assembled this build I first had a 2600, a couple of days after I had an offer for a 2600x and got it instead. I just replaced the processors, applied thermal paste and that's about it. I reset the bios settings, changed only XMP profiles. What lead me to monitor all of this was the cpu fan ramping up and down, I noticed what's causing it and decided to update the chipset driver too. Nothing changed.
Fan curve is adjusted so it doesn't rev on idle.

Concerns:
Could it be a bios version issue?
On the MB's support page(https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/B450M Pro4-F/#BIOS), my current bios version(1.6) has a warning about it: " *ASRock do NOT recommend updating this BIOS if Pinnacle, Raven or Summit Ridge CPU is being used on your system. "
I didn't monitor the 2600 much I had before this one now, but I compared the graph with a friend who has a 3600 and his readings are stable(underclocks to about 2k MHz iirc, or less, consistent voltage and temp)

I'm not as much tech competent, but I do have some basic knowledge. Any help is much appreciated!
It's not a BIOS issue although updating is probably going to be a good idea for Win 11... if Asrock makes one available for your CPU. When you do, be sure to follow the notes on the Asrock support site.

Windows is never 'idle'. Even when there's no apps with a window running to interface with a user there are many background apps and services Windows always runs. My systems has a couple hundred processes running with a couple THOUSAND threads registered. To be sure most are (truely) idle but one frequently pops up and demands attention and when it does a CPU boosts and there's a spike you see in the monitoring program. It's perfectly normal.
 
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