So does this mean strategy games like X-com, CIV5, Total War, Europa Universalis, etc will not max out the CPU? Most of these will run on my SP1 but it would be nice to see the full power of the i7 on those games. My SP1 gets damned hot playing that stuff so I imagine there is some serious CPU usage going on but there isn't really a framerate counter in those games that can say if the PC is throttling or not (or is there?).Cerif27,
Power throttling only arises when game needs a lot of high CPU frequency and power like online FPS games such as CS GO, BF3/4 multiplayer, Crysis 3 multiplayer, GTA 5. Otherwise, performance should be very close to unthrottled performance when games don't need high CPU frequency/power.
See my post #12. It's not Microsoft but Intel rather. Just download intel power gadget, max the CPU with handbrake transcoding and you should see that the whole 15 W TDP is gobbled up by CPU alone. Throw in the GPU then you've got the power throttling mess.While MS may tweak this a bit, they may not provide a fix. If there are other PCs using this chipset that does not experience power throttling, then it is likely a hardware design flaw with SP4.