Thanks for all the replies folks! I;ve figured out why the speeds are low, because those exact speeds are for the idle mode. Certain games launching (world of warcraft) will push the speeds back up when I launch it. However, the speeds do not always go up. Is there any way I can not have an idle mode? Because I seem to notice sometimes even in game I get stutters, and when I launch the monitoring tool, the clock speed has returned to its idle speed. Some games, when launched, don't push the clock speeds up. I have tried a clean driver reinstall to no avail. Any ideas?