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My i5-3570k is constantly on max speed for no reason?

I just built my first PC about 3 weeks ago and for the first weeks the CPU (i5-3570k) ran at slower speeds, about 1600mhz when i was just surfing the web or something, and would get up to 3600-3800 during gaming. Now, when i power up my PC to when i power down, its always at 3700-3800mhz and i didnt change anything?! how can i get it back so im not constantly stressing out the CPU. when i go to the task manager, it says that my CPU usage is still lke 1% or 0%
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  1. Best answer
    Make sure that you're still using the "Balanced" power plan in Windows. High Performance will make it do what you're describing.
  2. DJDeCiBeL said:
    Make sure that you're still using the "Balanced" power plan in Windows. High Performance will make it do what you're describing.

    how do i check that
  3. Control Panel > Power Options
  4. DJDeCiBeL said:
    Control Panel > Power Options

    Ah yes, that did the trick! i dont know how that got changed.. Thanks!!
  5. Best answer selected by adampcpower.
  6. Are u sure that nothing is running in the background? Like virus scan or updates?

    Or virus : )

    U mentioned that u didn't do anything in BIOS, but u can always try to reset it to the default settings.
  7. Ups, little late : )

    Good for you, that fix.
  8. adampcpower said:
    Ah yes, that did the trick! i dont know how that got changed.. Thanks!!


    You're welcome. :)
  9. nikorr said:
    Ups, little late : )

    Good for you, that fix.

    thanks for helping
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