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Cpu Clock speed is WAY lower than it should be?

Hi guys, i finished building my first computer about a week ago. the processor i got was a AMD fx-8350 4.2 GHz Turbo. I ran cpu id and it said the Core Speed was at 1406.36 MHz. i don't know what that means, but isn't that really low? here is a screenshot-

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  1. That's normal under low-load circumstances. When your processor is just running the Windows system idle process it will lower its clock speed. When application load increases, it will jump up to full speed.
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    suniced said:
    Hi guys, i finished building my first computer about a week ago. the processor i got was a AMD fx-8350 4.2 GHz Turbo. I ran cpu id and it said the Core Speed was at 1406.36 MHz. i don't know what that means, but isn't that really low? here is a screenshot-

    http://i.imgur.com/UJxbNwc.png" class="img lazy">


    This is normal, see the multiplier currently at "7"? Your processor will downclock by decreasing the mulitplier to save power when not needed, and will instantly increase it when load is applied. Disable the power saving features in your BIOS (AMD used to call this "Cool and Quiet", I assume they still do) and run CPU ID again and see what you get. However, once you test this, it is by far best to leave the power saving features active, no need for your processor to be running at full tilt, building heat and burning more power if its not needed.
  3. think of it as an engine, it doesn't really need to be on full rev when it's just sitting there right? sure it's on, ready to go but just on idle
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