What's the recommended minimum processor state?

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  1. Posts : 36
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #11

    hsehestedt said:
    These questions have already been answered. It will not affect gaming but is bad because it forces the CPU to wide open all the time and will not allow it to throttle back properly when idle.
    This situation you're talking about is when everything is set to 100%, correct?
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  2. Posts : 2,768
    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2
       #12

    Correct. I is NOT recommended to set the minimum to 100%.

    So just to summarize:

    Setting the minimum state does not slow the processor down when the performance is needed. It merely allows the CPU to throttle back when it is idle and there is no demand placed upon it. If you do something that places a demand on the CPU (such as gaming), the CPU can throttle right up to 100% (since that is the value specified for for maximum).

    I'm sure that there might be some sort of odd corner case for wanting to change the minimum setting to a higher value, but I have so far NEVER encountered a reason to do this.

    Does all this make sense and does this help? If you have any more questions, do let us know!
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  3. Posts : 36
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #13

    hsehestedt said:
    Correct. I is NOT recommended to set the minimum to 100%.

    So just to summarize:

    Setting the minimum state does not slow the processor down when the performance is needed. It merely allows the CPU to throttle back when it is idle and there is no demand placed upon it. If you do something that places a demand on the CPU (such as gaming), the CPU can throttle right up to 100% (since that is the value specified for for maximum).

    I'm sure that there might be some sort of odd corner case for wanting to change the minimum setting to a higher value, but I have so far NEVER encountered a reason to do this.

    Does all this make sense and does this help? If you have any more questions, do let us know!
    It makes sense! Thank you for the help :)
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  4. Posts : 2,276
    Windows 10
       #14

    "Will setting the min to 5% affect my gaming sessions in any way?"

    No, as I said, a Desktop processor will not go there. It will range from Base frequency to Max Turbo on demand like in a game.

    The minimum state setting does not matter with a Desktop processor.
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  5. Posts : 5,816
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #15

    Ownsin said:
    Hello, I'm a gamer, and I'm wondering what I should set the minimum processor state on for my PC? It's currently at 100% along with max processor state sitting also at 100% in Power Management. Should I leave it this way? What's the recommended state for gaming?
    Somewhat of a hardcore gamer here as well as a system builder. With that, I don't mess with processor states. I just let them be and game as usual. If I were overclocking for pure performance, I might mess with them, but since I don't overclock and my games run well enough as is, I've found no need to tinker with those setting.

    Also note they could impact your systems sleep performance as well as increase heat due to the CPU running 100 percent all the time. Here's my settings....

    What's the recommended minimum processor state?-processor-power-state-settings.jpg

    Also add that there's no guarantee tinkering with processors states will improve gaming overall.

    My two cents.
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  6. Posts : 212
    windows 10 pro build 21h2
       #16

    there is something important which you missed

    you should leave minimum processor state as it is and leave it at 100%. you can adjust maximum processor state on plugged in and set it to 99% if you are getting high cpu temps in games. 99% will disable the cpu turbo boost and force the game to run on 2.8ghz and that will lower the cpu temps by a lot. the high cpu temps will happen when the cpu turbo boost is used and the game runs on 4.3ghz. when you finish playing the game which is causing high cpu temps then change the 99% to 100%
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  7. Posts : 2,768
    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2
       #17

    cns00 said:
    there is something important which you missed

    you should leave minimum processor state as it is and leave it at 100%. you can adjust maximum processor state on plugged in and set it to 99% if you are getting high cpu temps in games. 99% will disable the cpu turbo boost and force the game to run on 2.8ghz and that will lower the cpu temps by a lot. the high cpu temps will happen when the cpu turbo boost is used and the game runs on 4.3ghz. when you finish playing the game which is causing high cpu temps then change the 99% to 100%
    Yikes! That's the last thing I would would to do. I want my CPU boosting within allowable specs. If the CPU is overheating under these normal conditions, it simply means that your system has a poor designed or inadequate cooling solution.

    Besides, the whole point of this thread was what to set the MINIMUM processor state to.
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  8. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #18

    cns00 said:
    there is something important which you missed

    you should leave minimum processor state as it is and leave it at 100%. you can adjust maximum processor state on plugged in and set it to 99% if you are getting high cpu temps in games. 99% will disable the cpu turbo boost and force the game to run on 2.8ghz and that will lower the cpu temps by a lot. the high cpu temps will happen when the cpu turbo boost is used and the game runs on 4.3ghz. when you finish playing the game which is causing high cpu temps then change the 99% to 100%
    Setting the minimum state to 100% achieves nothing useful and is unkind to the planet and your wallet.
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  9. Posts : 212
    windows 10 pro build 21h2
       #19

    hsehestedt said:
    If the CPU is overheating under these normal conditions, it simply means that your system has a poor designed or inadequate cooling solution..
    wrong. some games are very cpu intensive so they generate high cpu temps and the problem is not with the computer. if you want to drop the cpu temps in those games then you have to disable the turbo boost
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  10. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #20

    cns00 said:
    wrong. some games are very cpu intensive so they generate high cpu temps and the problem is not with the computer. if you want to drop the cpu temps in those games then you have to disable the turbo boost
    You can disable the turbo boost in the BIOS which avoids fiddling with the processor state in Windows power settings.
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