Computer Speed Query

  redshift300 21:03 08 Jun 2008

I recently built a new computer using the MSI MS-7293 motherboard, fitted with an Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz dual core CPU. I added 2Gb DDR2 PC2-4300 240pin 533MHz memory. I am running XP.
My question is that the POST screen shows the CPU speed at 250(5x50) and the memory at 135Mhz. There is nothing in the BIOS which will allow me to change the speed of either the cpu or the memory. I have been building computers for 20 years and have never come across this.
The computer seems to run as fast as I would expect of a 1.8 cpu and when I give it any heavy work to do it flies.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  Quiller. 21:10 08 Jun 2008

The memory will be correct as it will be quad pumped ie multiplied by 4. So 133Mhz will become 533khz.

The cpu is either a M cpu or the bios throttles it down when the powers not needed, hence the low Ghz.

Right click my computer and properties. What is the model number and listed speed of the cpu?

  Quiller. 21:22 08 Jun 2008

The mainboard supports H/T of supported cpu's. So yours is throttled down on start up. Put the system under pressure and then run click here

  Switcher 23:17 08 Jun 2008

Set the power option to always on and it should not throttle down, then you should see top speed. It works that way with mine anyway !!

  redshift300 11:30 09 Jun 2008

Thanks for the help, you have confirmed my suspicions. As I said it flies when I give it some work to do.

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