Confused by Package/Ring Throttling and Power Limit readings

Cwell81

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Hi Everyone,

I am relatively new to HWINFO and have only started using it to monitor and tweak the performance of my new laptop, which is an HP Omen 15 2020 model with an i7-10750H CPU, 16 GB RAM, and a Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. I've included fuller specs below using system information. Let me know if additional info would help. And apologies in advance for what might be a stupid question, but I've found little in the way of explanation despite multiple Google, Reddit, and HWINFO forum searches.

In order to test temperatures while playing games under load, I fired up a copy of RAGE 2 and used Riva Tuner to display frame rates and CPU/GPU temps in game. I am limiting the boost on my CPU using Windows 10 power options (setting Processor Performance Boost Mode to "Efficient Aggressive") and setting the fan/performance profile to "Balanced" (which mainly determines how and when the fans ramp up). My goal is to get decent gameplay at high settings with CPU temps under 95 degrees. I figure if I can keep it under 90, I'll be in even better shape. I don't need MAX performance when gaming. At least not until I'm more comfortable with temp limits.

After playing for about a half hour, I noticed a couple of small temp spikes into the high 80s (Celsius), but generally observed temperatures of 85 degrees or less on the CPU and 72 degrees or less on the GPU. There were very few hiccups in gameplay and if frames were skipped, I didn't notice them. Frame rates were generally between 80 and 120 FPS.

Then, I decided to close out the game and check the readings from HWINFO. I was a little surprised to see a max CPU core temp of 94 degrees, but the average temp was 84, so I assumed it was a brief spike. Then I noticed two red readings in the sensor status window that I just can't explain. Both the Package/Ring Thermal Throttling and Package/Ring Power Limit Exceeded readings said "Yes." I checked all the temps on all of my cores and none of them were over 94, but two of the cores registered thermal throttling at some unknown point. I then tried to check how I might have exceeded the power limit on anything, but quickly realized I was way out of my depth.

I checked Intel's page for my CPU and noted that the Tjunction max is 100 degrees Celsius, which means I never should have throttled in the first place (I think). Performance was great all around, the chassis never got hot, and I was thoroughly satisfied with all the average numbers I saw, so what could be going on here? Does HWINFO register different throttle limits based on the power plans you have in place? Could the temps I'm seeing being wrong? Any help you can provide is much appreciated!

OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Version 10.0.18363 Build 18363
System Manufacturer HP
System Model OMEN Laptop 15-ek0xxx
System Type x64-based PC

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2592 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s) [NOTE, this boosts up over 4 GHz on a regular basis]
BIOS Version/Date AMI F.05, 7/27/2020
SMBIOS Version 3.2
Embedded Controller Version 17.24

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 15.8 GB
Available Physical Memory 8.77 GB
Total Virtual Memory 18.6 GB
Available Virtual Memory 7.74 GB

Intel(R) UHD Graphics
Adapter RAM 1.00 GB (1,073,741,824 bytes)
Driver Version 26.20.100.7985
Resolution 1920 x 1080 x 300 hertz
Bits/Pixel 32

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Adapter Type GeForce RTX 2060, NVIDIA compatible
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Adapter RAM (1,048,576) bytes
Driver Version 27.21.14.5167
 
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