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Z390-A & 9700K, CPU stuck at max frequency

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BlueNostromo

Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2015
I am attempting to overclock my i7 9700K to 4.8Ghz all core @ 1.325V on an MSI Z390-A (7B98). CPU frequency is stuck at the maximum frequency I specified. 4800MHZ at all times no matter CPU load and my idle load is way under 10 or even 5%.
My Windows Power Management "Minimum Processor State" = 5%.

CPU Ratio Mode = DynamicMode
CPU Ratio Apply Mode = All Core
(SpeedStep) EIST = Enabled
XMP = Enabled
CPU Core Voltage Mode = Override Mode

Does it even matter? Is any damage being done or is it just using an extra watt or two?
 

EarthDog

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Is Windows power plan set to high performance? Set it to balanced and it should drop.

...otherwise, the only 'harm' is some extra watts and heat.
 
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BlueNostromo

BlueNostromo

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Mar 24, 2015
Is Windows power plan set to high performance? Set it to balanced and it should drop.

...otherwise, the only 'harm' is some extra watts and heat.
So simple I didn't bother trying.
Are there some hidden settings that controls? That fixed it right away. I figured lowering the Minimum Processor State option even in High Performance mode would fix it but I guess not.