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# 143090 3-Apr-2014 00:24
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It's a laptop with an i7-4700MQ processor @ 2.40Ghz, I have 8GB of ram, a 2GB graphics card, and I am running Windows 8 64bit.


The CPU is clocking at 3.2Ghz when I don't have anything open. I have looked in the 'Task Manager' to see if there is something running in the background and there isn't. Here is a pic of the processors performance [1] . Normally it would clock in at around 0.80Ghz when doing nothing.


I have tried turning it off and on again twice but that hasn't worked. Can you help me?

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  # 1017595 3-Apr-2014 00:26
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I would suggest in your BIOS its related to the turbo boost.

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  # 1017596 3-Apr-2014 00:28
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TimA: I would suggest in your BIOS its related to the turbo boost.

How do I fix it? It shouldn't be doing the turbo boost unless it's required.


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  # 1017598 3-Apr-2014 00:43
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I fixed it, I feel stupid now. I had it on the wrong power setting, must have changed it to the wrong one.

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  # 1017599 3-Apr-2014 00:58
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dont listen to what task manager says for the frequency... i have noticed its ALWAYS reading wrong.

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  # 1017638 3-Apr-2014 08:37
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In the future, you can set your power profiles to have the GPU max at 99%, which would stop the CPU from entering turbo boost.

You can also set your power saver to use 0% of your CPU, that way it uses the minimum clock speed it can run at, which is probably still fast enough to make basic tasks run smoothly.

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