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What is Power Limit Throttling and How Can I Fix it?

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If you have experienced slower speed when overclocking your computer, your mind would have drifted off to a lot of things, one of which is that your system might have developed a fault. 

In most situations, you get a power limit throttle notification and you just can’t do anything about it, except to let the computer fix itself.  

If you overclock regularly, you are probably used to seeing this notification but if it is your first time, there is still no need to panic. You just have to fix it but you have to know what power limit throttling is and how you can fix it.

What is Power Limit Throttling

Every computer system has a throttle temperature stipulated by the manufacturer. When the computer exceeds this temperature, it will reduce the power used by the applications running in the background. As a result, the computer will slow down until the temperature is brought back to its original limit. 

There are different power limits for computer systems, and when your computer exceeds this limit by a great margin, it begins to overheat ( which is one of the results of overlooking), and this has adverse effects on the computer. 

As a preventive measure against greater harm, the power limit throttle is activated to bring down the system’s temperature and improve its battery life. 

Power limit throttling happens mostly when you’re overclocking your computer for a very long time. It also happens when your computer is not connected to a consistent power source, or when you have multiple applications running in the background and consuming a lot of power.

How Can You Fix Power Limit Throttling?

Although power limit throttle is enabled by default on your computer, you can fix it or disable it in the following ways. 

You can fix power limit throttling on your PC by improving your system’s ventilation. 

  • You can do this by adding more PC fans.
  • Changing the thermal paste.
  • Place it in a well-ventilated spot, away from direct sunlight.
  • Also, If your power supply unit is delivering low or inconsistent power, please change the power supply unit.

You can fix the power limit throttling by Changing your PC’s core voltage to a higher frequency, especially if it is lower than the voltage of the applications that you use frequently.

You can fix it by increasing the processor power limit from the BIOS or with tools like MSI afterburner, or Intel XTU.

How can you disable power limit throttling?

You can also disable it per application without completely disabling the power limit throttle. You can do this in very simple steps.

  • Open settings.
  • Click on the system.
  • Click on the battery icon under the overview section.
  • Click on battery usage by apps, click on the apps affecting your battery life and do the following:
  • Allow any application of your choice to run background tasks optimally by checking it.
  • Reduce the work it does when it is in the background.
  • Let the windows be clear when the app is running in the background.
  • After checking all these, the power limit throttle for that application will be deactivated. 

The power mode options that activate power throttling are battery saver, better battery, and better performance. The best performance option disables power throttling. Check out our site for more such insights


Favour Etim

Years of hard work, research, and internship in technologically and computer-related fields have helped Etim Favour to produce informative and engaging writings on computers and technology-related products. When Favour is not writing, you’ll find her answering questions to help gamers and office workers to build the best battlestation/workstation.

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