Just brought up a new i9-7900x system on an Asus TUF X299 MARK 2 motherboard. It’s jawdropping awesome in DaVinci Resolve and Premier Pro. But sad to say, it’s not much better with DAWs than my old generation one i7-960.
The basic problem is, while running DAWs it barely moves the CPU speed past 2%, even on big projects.
Why is that a problem? Because at its 1200mHz base speed while running Cubase it’s a sitting duck for audio spikes. CRACKLE! My old i7 was actually a lot faster responding in that respect, but my poor massive i9 doesn’t ramp up the clock for anything less than a major kick in the butt, those driver spikes go by as if unnoticed.
Overclockers, I need you to help me move that 1200mHz minimum CPU speed up to something closer to 2000mHz. I think that will do the trick. I could probably even run at about 2800mHz continuous without exceeding about 60C (Noctua model NH-D15 heatsink).
(I’m already moving toward replacing the nVidia with an AMD RX-580, and turning hyperthreading off helps very little, and reducing the cores available to Cubase has only negative effects.)
But my version 1301 bios (the latest one as of today) doesn’t offer any obvious way to increase the MINIMUM CPU frequency. There are all kinds of ways to increase the MAXIMUM, but there is no obvious path to increasing the minimum. I don’t think upping the maximum would help.
The bios has a confusing set of tools to adjust voltage, BCLK, Ratios, and a bunch of other stuff that I am terrified to alter. But there is no mention of SpeedStep, I hope this bios isn’t somehow too “safe” to be useful.
So if anybody knows how to adjust that particular bios for minimum CPU speed, please speak up! THX! Would even be helpful to know that mnemoic terms are used for that. Or if you can point me to a good DAW-aware bios freak forum, that might also work.
Once again, i9-7900x system on an Asus TUF X299 MARK 2 mobo.