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CPU Running at Reduced Speed on Yosemite (GA-P55-USB3 i7-870)

Joined
Apr 7, 2011
Messages
3
Motherboard
GA-P55-USB3
CPU
Core i7 - 870 2.93 GHz
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 1024 MB
Mac
  1. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. PowerBook
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Hey All,

So I've had this same build for a while now. It originally ran 10.6, then 10.8, 10.9 and now 10.10. I put another hard drive in this week and put Yosemite on it. Took me a while to get it going, but eventually I got it.

Almost everything is working fine:
- 2 DVI monitors (NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 1024 MB)
- iMessage & Facetime
- Sleep (Which never worked for me before now)
- (You name it)

Only 1 (kinda major) problem:

**The CPU (Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93 GHz) is only running at 2.0 GHz** under Yosemite, when it was running fine (i.e 2.93) under Mavericks (Including turbo boost up to 3.2 GHz). The only thing different from the screenshots shown is I've tried installing NullCPUPower, with no change.

The 3 screenshots are:
- HWMonitor
- Geekbench
- Multibeast

I've attached any info which might be pertinent below.




Machine Specs:
GA-P55-USB3
- 1x 4TB WD
- 1x 2TB WD
- 2x 1TB WD

16Gb Ram
Core™ i7-870 Processor (8M Cache, 2.93 GHz)
- Stock Cooler
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 1024 MB (2x DVI, 30 inch & 19 inch)

Hardware Overview form System Profiler:

Model Name: Mac Pro
Model Identifier: MacPro5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.00 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 8 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
Boot ROM Version: MultiBeast.tonymacx86.com
SMC Version (system): 1.30f3



org.chameleon.Boot.plist:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>EthernetBuiltIn</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>IGPEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>kext-dev-mode=1 PCIRootUID=1</string>
<key>Legacy Logo</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>2</string>
<key>HDEFLayoutID</key>
<string>01000000</string>
<key>GenerateCStates</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>GeneratePStates</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>UseKernelCache</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>HDAEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
</dict>
</plist>



smbios.plist:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>SMfamily</key>
<string>MacPro</string>
<key>SMproductname</key>
<string>MacPro5,1</string>
<key>SMboardproduct</key>
<string>Mac-F221BEC8</string>
<key>SMserial</key>
<string>(removed)</string>
<key>SMbiosversion</key>
<string>MultiBeast.tonymacx86.com</string>
</dict>
</plist>
 

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Joined
Apr 7, 2011
Messages
3
Motherboard
GA-P55-USB3
CPU
Core i7 - 870 2.93 GHz
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 1024 MB
Mac
  1. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. PowerBook
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
So I think I figured this out. When I was installing trying to get the right boot flags to work with my system, on reboot I was getting some weird BIOS error screens, can't remember exactly what I saw. Went into the BIOS today and saw that the clock multiplier was set @ 15. I couldn't find a "AUTO" setting so I bumped it up to some higher number. Can't remember exactly what it was, but my rig is running @ ~3.06 GHz now with reasonable temps, so it looks like that's where it's staying.
 
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