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CPU randomly underclocking/undervolting

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April 11, 2012 7:32:31 PM

So this issue has been driving me nuts and I really hope someone here can help me out. I've been reading the forums/articles on this site for a long time but I've never actually posted anything.

My Phenom II x6 1045t keeps randomly deciding to underclock and undervolt itself. I have Cool 'n Quiet as well as thermal control turned off in BIOS so I know that's not the problem. I've also changed my power management settings in Windows to high performance, still doesn't solve the issue. If I reboot, it will be fine for awhile but then drops down within half an hour no matter what I do.

I have not overclocked this CPU at all, and it has aftermarket cooling so I know it's not over heating. Coretemp reads 28c at idle and 42c under load.

The CPU is supposed to be running at 200MHz * 13.5 = 2.7GHz @ 1.3v
It drops down to 200MHz * 10.0 = 2GHz @ 1.2v


Specs:
MOBO: Gigabyte M68MT-S2
CPU: Phenom II x6 1045t 2.7 GHz
RAM: Corsair 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
PSU: Antec 650w
GPU: EVGA GTX 560ti OC'd edition
DRIVES: 500GB WD Caviar Blue - Data Drive
64GB Patriot Torq2 SSD - Boot Drive
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April 11, 2012 9:14:48 PM

Is it down clocking when being used heavily or just when idle?
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April 12, 2012 1:46:55 AM

Thanks for the response, but I think I figured it out. Gigabyte mobo's come with a program called EasyTune. It's kind of like their version of UEFI BIOS. Anyway, after uninstalling that program, the issue seems to have vanished. Despite the fact that I had it specifically set to NOT underclock no matter what. but whatever.
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