How to properly limit cpu usage in power options ?

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  1. Posts : 232
    Windows 10 HOME SINGLE LANGUAGE 21H1 19043
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    How to properly limit cpu usage in power options ?


    My laptop use ryzen 5 3500h cpu, and i want to limit the cpu to reduce temp because its reach 80-88c and sometimes 90c when gaming.
    I look at the power options you able to limit the cpu state maximum and minimum.
    Let's say i want to limit my cpu usage to 80% only. What percentage should i put in maximum and minimum state ?

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  2. Posts : 61,501
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    Hello Mike,

    You would want to set "Maximum processor state" to 80% for both "On battery" and "Plugged in" to limit the CPU to a max of 80% capability.

    In addition, you can set "System cooling policy" to active to help it run cooler. You might also check out a laptop cooling pad designed for your laptop model to help even more.
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  3. Posts : 232
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    Hey Brink. And what should i set in minimum state? 0%?
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  4. Posts : 61,501
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    You can set min to whatever percentage you don't want the CPU to drop below.
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    It's fine if i put 80% in maximum and 100% in minimum ?
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  6. Posts : 61,501
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    You wouldn't want min to be that high. Min would need to be set equal to or lower than max.

    I'd say the default 5% min is good. That way the CPU will idle down when not being used to help with temps and power usage.
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  7. Posts : 232
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    If i set the minimum state to 5%, does it mean when my laptop idle, the windows will use cpu not more than 5%?

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    After i change max state to 80% and 99% the temp reduce drastically and the performance also reduce because my cpu only use 1,7ghz and i got stutter when running the game. Is there a way to limit the ghz from power options ? so i can limit with exact number 3ghz or less, so my cpu not reaching 3,7 which made it hot.
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  8. Posts : 61,501
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    Min is for not less than.

    Yes, you can change the "Maximum Processor Frequency" setting below for a specific max in MHz.

    Change Maximum Processor Frequency in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 232
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    Brink said:
    Min is for not less than.

    Yes, you can change the "Maximum Processor Frequency" setting below for a specific max in MHz.

    Change Maximum Processor Frequency in Windows 10
    Should i put 3 or 3.0 MHz?

    And what should i put in minimum mhz if i put 3 in maximum ?
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  10. Posts : 540
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    There are several programmes for monitoring cpu load and temperature; I use RealTemp.
    There is one programme to limit cpu load: BES - Battle Encoder Shirase.
    I only use them during video conversion.
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