CPU random spikes and freezes. ?

Keep note this has only just happened recently.

While editing or gaming my CPU will just have random spikes in activity in patters just like in the picture below. I do run my editing and windows off my SSD.


Windows 10

CPU: Ryzen 5 2600

GPU: GTX 1070

Motherboard: ASUS PRIME B350M-A

Power supply: EVGA 450 BT

Ram: 8gb 3200mhz

If you need any more details just ask... Thanks! 

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4 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It could be anything from the chipset drivers needing to be updated, CPU cooler not working 'well' enough, a bad Windows update. Are you running the Ryzen Power plan in Windows 10 'Power Options'?

    Ryzen processors will clock down when temps get too high which makes it tough to see if the cooler is the issue. The only time the temps will get entirely too high is when the CPU cooler isn't working. 8gb of RAM really isn't enough for the tasks you're running. You might as well upgrade to 16gb while RAM is still cheap.

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  • 1 month ago

    Personally i think it sounds like thermal throttling.

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  • 1 month ago

    Some process takes too much CPU and then it freezes.You need to find out which process it is and how you can limit or stop it.The process might be malicious.Then it is good idea to run antivirus and anti malware software to find infection.

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    • robert1 month agoReport

      Nothing seems to be taking up too much space or processing power. I am normally pretty good at keeping my pc away from viruses and a malware bytes scan has shown, im all clean.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You could have software running in the background that is unnecessary. Razer Cortex could stabilize the system.


    The power supply EVGA 450BT 100-BT-0450-K1 is shown as produced by Super Flower, who is a superior manufacturer, but it is possible as a fairly low end power supply that it is not stable at high loads.


    GTX 1070 recommends a 500+ Watt & 33+ Amps

    Your 450BT shows 35A@12V

    150W GTX 1070 + 65W R5 2600 + 30W fans and motors is well within the 12V limit as only a 57% load.

    You normally should not have a power supply issue, but it is possible.

    Is your system temperature under control?

    SPECCY does report temperatures


    Ryzen 5 2600 lends itself to  overclocking, but too much overclock can be unstable, especially with the stock Wraith Stealth Cooler. In your pic, the cpu shows only running at 2.74gh, and base clock is 3.4

    Looks at low utilization.

    I'm neither a gamer, nor active user in Desktops, but I do have experience as a Procurement Engineer at a major computer company.

    Overall, I don't see a concern here.

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    • A.J.
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Definitely not harmful. If it doesn't need the performance, lower clock is fine. Not familiar with how it's measured with that software. Benchmark it. https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Software

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