Question Why is my CPU running at max boost clock

Feb 2, 2021
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I have a fairly new PC with Ryzen 3700x. although my CPU is utilizing 5-10% my clock speed is at 4.2 Ghz, I didn't manually overclocked it or anything. the base frequency shows 3.6ghz. I want to know if that's a problem or everything gonna be fine. only 3 months old
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
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what is showing that speed?
Where are you seeing the speed?

Just curious as windows 10 always thinks my 3600XT is going at max speed when really its idle.

try using Ryzen master or HWINFO, they are about only 2 accurate measures

what AMD power plan are you on?
 
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what is showing that speed?
Where are you seeing the speed?

Just curious as windows 10 always thinks my 3600XT is going at max speed when really its idle.

try using Ryzen master or HWINFO, they are about only 2 accurate measures

what AMD power plan are you on?
it's just showing in the task manager
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
Moderator
if it shows as max speed still, can you look in power plans?

right click start
choose power options
under related settings, click Additional Power Settings
Are you running AMD Ryzen Balanced Power plan or AMD Ryzen High Performance Power plan?
if on 2nd, it is why you always at max speed as it runs CPU at 100% all the time.
 
Feb 2, 2021
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if it shows as max speed still, can you look in power plans?

right click start
choose power options
under related settings, click Additional Power Settings
Are you running AMD Ryzen Balanced Power plan or AMD Ryzen High Performance Power plan?
if on 2nd, it is why you always at max speed as it runs CPU at 100% all the time.
Oh, it's on "Best performance", thanks for the help. really appreciate it
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
Moderator
took me a while to work out where that is

look one layer further. I am on balanced, you probably on high performance which sets CPU Activity at 100% all the time.
Balanced is normally good enough.
 

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