I am using a core i5 4690k, and I decided it was overclocking time. But, because I don’t have the best cooler in the world, and I have a SFF case, I decided to ramp up the turbo boost frequency so that it won’t run overclocked all the time.
Unfortunately this has led to some problems. I am unsure if it was doing this before I turned up the turbo boost, or if my cooler was just able to handle it, but I started to see notifications from psensor that my CPU temperature was going above 70°C.
I looked at i7z and lscpu, and both seemed to be telling me that my cpu was turboing to 4.1GHz (I set the turbo frequencies to 4.2 for 1 core, 4.1 for 2 cores, etc.) indicating that my CPU was under heavy load. Contrary to this, no applications were running, and the system monitor only stated a use of 0-4% on each core. After more investigating, it seems to run at 4.1GHz the vast majority of the time, while occasionally jumping down to lower frequencies then slowly ramping up again.
Now my question is: Did I do a bad thing by increasing the max turbo speed? is this caused by another setting in the BIOS, like the ones that tell the CPU to slow down when idling? Did my CPU get offended by the notion that it wasn’t good enough for me the way it was?