asked Jan 21 '18 at 18:14 by arnegleason (11)

  • My PC has an i7-8700k processor with 6 cores and a base clock speed of 3.7GHz
  • When running Bitwig I hit the DSP ceiling just using a few audio tracks with Neutron (much, much weaker than my old i5 sunning at 2.7Ghz)
  • When running Bitwig with Neutron 2 the CPU utilization is around 5% and the Max Core Freq is around 1Ghz
  • When I run a Benchmark in the background the Max Core Freq jumps up to 3.7Ghz (and DSP gauge in Bitwig drops way down -- runs like I would expect it to given the power of the CPU)

So, my PC/OS seems to think Bitwig doesn't need much power and is throttling the CPU down to it's lowest power state, even though I'm running power-hungry VSTs like Neutron 2.

What should I do? (seems odd that I should have to run CPU-intensive benchmarks in the background to get Bitwig to have 4X more DSP overhead)

You could create a separate power profile for audio/bitwig that does have a fixed cpu frequency:

  1. Write 'Power & sleep' to Windows startup menu search
  2. Select additional power settings
  3. Create a power plan
  4. Select advanced power settings
  5. Go to processor power management
  6. Change maximum power frequency and minimum power frequency to 100%

You could also use the High performance power plan if you have it already.


answered Jan 21 '18 at 22:06 by Rokka (101)


Oh, so simple. Now life is good (so happy!) Thanks, Rokka!

  — (Jan 21 '18 at 22:33) arnegleason

You can use a (free) software like this: which will boost the CPU clocks to 100% or engages high-performance mode if application from the list is run.


answered Jan 31 '18 at 17:34 by antic604 (673)

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