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Aurora R9, RTX 2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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So I have an Alienware Aurora R9 with 9700 non-K, RTX 2070.

For the past few days I have noticed that the GPU is staying at max frequency even on idle as viewed in the AWCC software panel. I have updated to the latest Nvidia drivers (445) downloaded from Nvidia's site.

I'm not sure its due to an update in AWCC or other. Anyone else have this?

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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Install MSI Afterburner and see if you have the card on boost lock.

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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@GTS81 Yeah good point. I know I did not OC it nor even try. This card makes enough noise at 6900 RPMs, I don't want to add more. 😞

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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@GTS81 

What's really bizarre is last night I noticed The Division 2 was running at about 10-20 FPS less. I don't get it.

I don't know how to use MSI Afterburner though. Clearly the memory is at top speed but not the chip itself from what I see now. I'm going to guess AWCC somehow is telling it to OC despite it not displaying that.

 

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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I think it's less of AWCC and more of NVIDIA vBIOS behavior. The GPU can auto boost the frequency as it likes, as long as it doesn't break the temperature, power and voltage limit.

Just saw the picture you posted. Assuming that's the idle picture, you're fine.

Best learn to use Afterburner. The on screen display tool helps you see a lot of important metrics while your game runs.

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@GTS81 

I think you're right and now the card thinks the base or idle clock is 1095 MHz and memory at 7000 MHz judging from what MSI AB is saying. I just checked some images I took when I first got the R9. Base clock was 315 MHz and the memory was 405 MHz.

See both images.

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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As an add-on to the info, it seems my card is slower as in The Division 2 my FPS used to be 55-72 FPS but now its like 10-15 FPS less than that.

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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That is a little high.  Right now I'm idling at 139mhz GPU clock / 405 GPU RAM clock.  I boost to ~ 1900mhz for the gpu clock under load. 

Have you tried dropping it from high performance to balanced mode? 

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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I just hit the "Reset" button in Afterburner for one of my idle 2080 Super. Here's what I see:

GPU Core Clock = 1650 MHz

GPU Memory Clock = 7750 MHz

GPU Core Voltage = 818mV

GPU Core Temperature = 36C

I think you only drop to sub 1GHz if you go to "NVIDIA Settings" control panel in the lower right part of your taskbar, open it, and select "Optimize for Power". If you're at "Optimize for Performance", it stays at a high clock frequency.

@Crimsonium , maybe check the above (NVIDIA Settings) and also the power management mode in AWCC (High Performance vs Balanced vs Power Saving)? 🤔

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Re: Aurora R9 - RTX2070 staying at max frequency even on idle

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Yeah I also have Nvidia power management set for optimal power.