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Why is my CPU voltage so low?

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August 4, 2009 5:47:20 AM

Hey everyone, just getting my computer going and Im running CPU-Z and a few other programs to check out my voltages and clock speeds and everything looks normal so far but my cpu core voltage is .928 volts. After looking around I found that most ppl had a standard voltage of around 1.2v. Is this a good thing, bad thing? Im not sure what to make of it. Any suggestions?

System Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (not overclocked)
CPU Cooler: Ultra Chil-tek thermal-electric cooler
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
Memory: Corsair i7 Dominator 6 x 2048mb DDR3 PC12800
Video Cards: Two EVGA GTX285 F.T.W. edition in SLI with standard ASUS bridge
Power Supply: Ultra X3 1600w power supply (I have it running 1200w currently)
Case: Cooler-Master HAF932 w/ stock fan setup
Additional: NZXT Fan Controller, LG DVD-RW, Seagate SATA 1.5tb HDD, and I also have the 22" Viewsonic 120mhz 3d Monitor running at 1680x1050
My OS is Windows 7 64bit RC

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August 4, 2009 7:43:46 AM

Lower voltage is always good. As long as it's not crashing or anything like that, I would not worry about it at all. With that voltage though, I bet you're talking about idle voltage. Load up the CPU with something like Prime95 and I bet the voltage will climb to 1.1V or higher.
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August 4, 2009 2:30:59 PM

that could possibly mean u can actually sell ur cpu for a damn good price.

great potential for overclocking, but if u are not an enthusiast, perhaps u wanna sell it? u can earn lots
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August 4, 2009 2:33:03 PM

^ I'd guess he's an enthusiast since he has two GTX 285's and a TEC cooler.
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August 4, 2009 6:47:05 PM

Wow thanks for all the feedback guys, Cjl was right on, when I load the cpu it jumps up to the 1.1v mark. Overclocking is where i want to go with this I was thinking about going to the 3.3mhz or 3.6 mark but maybe Ill give the 4.0mhz a try.
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August 4, 2009 7:45:18 PM

Those are the Cstate and Speedstep features. They reduce voltage and cpu multiplier. You'd want to turn those features off anyways if you plan on going for hi overclocks.
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August 4, 2009 8:22:22 PM

The Core i7 CPU asks the motherboard for the voltage level it needs according to whatever load it's currently under. When lightly loaded it requests less than 1 volt, but when the load picks up it will request up to 1.25V or so.
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