AMD Phenom X4 speed

By Chuckov
May 17, 2009
  1. I have just assemble a new computer using the AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Black Edition) on a Gigabyte (Ultra Durable 3) motherboard (GA-MA790FXT-UD5P). This processor is listed to run at 3.20 GHz, but when I check the properties, the speed is listed at 1.6 GHz.

    What do I need to do to get it up to 3.2 GHz?
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    It says its only 1.6 ghz because thats what it is running at when you checked. You see, the AMD phenom II has a power saving mechanism that automatically clocks down the CPU speed to half when your not using it to save power. That is completely normal and doesn't affect performance, do something more CPU intensive, and it will jump right back up.

    Though I must say, asking such a questions makes me wonder exactly how much you could actually do with a quad core over a cheaper dual core xD.
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