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Why isnt my CPU running at stock speed?

In CPU - Z cpu monitor it says my intel core i7 2600k is running at 1.681 ghz when the stock speed is 3.4 ghz? what is wrong.
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  1. It's called Intel Speedstep Technology.

    If you bothered to read your cpu manual, you won't have to ask dumb questions about your cpu.
  2. im sorry , dang. relax i do not have the booklet. care to explain what "speedstep technology is ?
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    CPU clocks down to conserve energy when theres nothing intensive. Like right now my i7-920 is at.... 1.6 ghz since im only listening to music and on chrome. But once you put some load on the cpu, it'll go back to normal speeds.

    Same with the GPU i believe.
  4. thanks for the reply lilotimz , im currently using two gtx 570's in sli mode do you think there underclocking also ?
  5. Best answer selected by exposed.
  6. Yes, 570s also downclock/undervolt to save power too. All current CPUs and GPUs do it and it is a very good thing. They will jump up to full speed almost instantaneously.
  7. exposed said:
    im sorry , dang. relax i do not have the booklet. care to explain what "speedstep technology is ?


    Sure. It's only been around for about 10 years.

    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=Intel+speedstep+technology
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