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April 9, 2013 2:31:19 PM

Hi
I have an AMD Phenom II 1090T X6 3.2Ghz . Recently i have been noticing whilst gaming i keep dropping frames. I have narrowed the issue down to my CPU by monitoring its performance whilst gaming, my CPU should be running at 3.2Ghz and it does usually but it randomly drops down to 1.6Ghz meaning my FPS drops massively and makes it more or less impossible to play.
If anyone could help me i would greatly appreciate it.
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Nic Hunter
April 9, 2013 2:47:47 PM

Generally throttling occurs when the cpu or components are overheating. Check your cpu temps nb/sb temps and mobo temps. Another indication could be your power supply. Its possible you dont have enough juice under load.
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April 9, 2013 2:58:59 PM

Install a temp monitor program like CoreTemp.

http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/


I would guess that the thermal paste has basically dried up and turned to powder. If that is the case, then you need to clean off the old thermal paste from the heatsink and CPU and apply new thermal paste. I use good 'ol Arctic Silver 5 because I still have it lying around. IC Diamond is very good (and a bit expensive) and I will probably try that next after I run out of AS5. The bad thing is that it is known to slightly scratch the surface of the CPU, but that is by design.
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April 9, 2013 3:21:40 PM

Thanks for your very quick responses. I will test my CPU temps tommorow when im back on my main PC. Im assuming you are correct with what you are saying and i have gone ahead and bought some AS5 and cleaner/purifier. It has been a while since i have replaced it so it wouldn't suprise me if this is the problem, but i just wasn't aware that the heat could cause this problem.

As for my PSU 900W should be more than enough for my specs.

One question i have is, if the CPU is getting too hot, could any permanent damage already have been caused?

Also, just as a guidline, what temp should my CPU be running at whilst gaming?
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April 9, 2013 3:38:23 PM

Yeah, the old athlons would just cook them selves, there was a big fuss about it and amd added the cabability of throttling down. It was during the time when the pentium 4s were common. Intels would slow down while AMD cooked.
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April 9, 2013 3:40:46 PM

royalcrown said:
Yeah, the old athlons would just cook them selves, there was a big fuss about it and amd added the cabability of throttling down. It was during the time when the pentium 4s were common. Intels would slow down while AMD cooked.


Yeh, this CPU has served me well anyway, it will be time for an upgrade soon.
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April 9, 2013 3:43:45 PM

Nicholas Hunter said:
Thanks for your very quick responses. I will test my CPU temps tommorow when im back on my main PC. Im assuming you are correct with what you are saying and i have gone ahead and bought some AS5 and cleaner/purifier. It has been a while since i have replaced it so it wouldn't suprise me if this is the problem, but i just wasn't aware that the heat could cause this problem.

As for my PSU 900W should be more than enough for my specs.

One question i have is, if the CPU is getting too hot, could any permanent damage already have been caused?

Also, just as a guidline, what temp should my CPU be running at whilst gaming?


Core temps under 60C are what you're looking for under load on the Phenom series...on the newer FX series it needs to stay under 50C
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April 9, 2013 3:46:38 PM

8350rocks said:
Nicholas Hunter said:
Thanks for your very quick responses. I will test my CPU temps tommorow when im back on my main PC. Im assuming you are correct with what you are saying and i have gone ahead and bought some AS5 and cleaner/purifier. It has been a while since i have replaced it so it wouldn't suprise me if this is the problem, but i just wasn't aware that the heat could cause this problem.

As for my PSU 900W should be more than enough for my specs.

One question i have is, if the CPU is getting too hot, could any permanent damage already have been caused?

Also, just as a guidline, what temp should my CPU be running at whilst gaming?


Core temps under 60C are what you're looking for under load on the Phenom series...on the newer FX series it needs to stay under 50C


Ok thank you for your help
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April 9, 2013 4:39:49 PM

No problem, if your CPU has been overheating for an extended period of time, then damage may have occured, but if this is only a recent occurrence and you've been mindful of keeping temps down, then I really doubt anything has happened so far...

Please share some solution love to one of us.
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April 12, 2013 5:30:37 AM

Right guys, i have cleaned and reapplied some thermal paste to my CPU, and the same thing is happening whilst gaming, i also checked my temps and they are about 50C whilst gaming. Any ideas?
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April 12, 2013 5:49:36 AM

Have you disabled COOL N QUIET in your BIOS?
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April 12, 2013 6:00:57 AM

8350rocks said:
Have you disabled COOL N QUIET in your BIOS?


Nope
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April 12, 2013 6:55:56 AM

When your PC boots check your BIOS settings and disable COOL N QUIET, it's an AMD specific program that throttles your CPU.
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April 12, 2013 6:58:41 AM

8350rocks said:
When your PC boots check your BIOS settings and disable COOL N QUIET, it's an AMD specific program that throttles your CPU.


OK thanks !
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April 12, 2013 7:09:09 AM

Nicholas Hunter said:
8350rocks said:
When your PC boots check your BIOS settings and disable COOL N QUIET, it's an AMD specific program that throttles your CPU.


OK thanks !


Let me know if that works...if that solves it...please share some solution love :) 
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April 14, 2013 8:51:01 AM

8350rocks said:
Nicholas Hunter said:
8350rocks said:
When your PC boots check your BIOS settings and disable COOL N QUIET, it's an AMD specific program that throttles your CPU.


OK thanks !


Let me know if that works...if that solves it...please share some solution love :) 



Nope still getting the same problem !
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