Video card low performance RTX 2060 (Test on minecraft)

Hello Garuda users.

I installed the new version of the video card driver hoping that this would fix the problem with the video card but the performance keep on being low. I tested on minecraft and the game doesn't overcome 20 FPS, the video card is recognized because the game says that the card used is RTX 2060. I saw in the System monitor that the GPU frequency is 75 MHz most of the time even if the GPU usage is 100%.

This is my garuda-inxi:

System:
  Kernel: 5.15.60-1-lts arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.1
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-lts
    root=UUID=a715693c-beb0-4b88-870f-4885fc8edc10 rw [email protected]
    quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=2
    loglevel=3 ibt=off
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.25.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.5 info: latte-dock
    wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: PC Specialist product: Recoil v: Standard
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Tong Fang model: GK5CP0Z v: Standard serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI-[Legacy]: American Megatrends v: N.1.51 date: 04/04/2019
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 29.1 Wh (75.0%) condition: 38.8/46.7 Wh (82.9%)
    volts: 12.5 min: 11.4 model: standard type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: charging
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Core i7-8750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake
    gen: core 8 built: 2018 process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x9E (158)
    stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xF0
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
    L3: 9 MiB desc: 1x9 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 4010 high: 4069 min/max: 800/4100 scaling:
    driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 3998 2: 3984 3: 4006
    4: 4017 5: 4069 6: 4033 7: 3992 8: 3988 9: 4016 10: 4047 11: 3993
    12: 3982 bogomips: 52799
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT
    vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: retbleed mitigation: IBRS
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
    sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling,
    PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel CoffeeLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics 630]
    vendor: Tongfang Hongkong driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-9.5
    process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20 ports: active: eDP-1
    empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:3e9b
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU106M [GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile]
    vendor: Tongfang Hongkong driver: nvidia v: 515.65.01
    alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+ status: current (as of
    2022-07) arch: Turing code: TUxxx process: TSMC 12nm built: 2018-22 pcie:
    gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 16 link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s ports:
    active: none empty: DP-2,DP-3,HDMI-A-3 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f11
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: Chicony HD Webcam type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-13:3
    chip-ID: 04f2:b65a class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.3
    compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nvidia gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP-1-1 model: BOE Display 0x07af built: 2018
    res: 1920x1080 dpi: 142 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6")
    diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA
    515.65.01 direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Tongfang Hongkong
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1
    chip-ID: 10de:10f9 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.60-1-lts running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Tongfang Hongkong driver: r8168 v: 8.050.03-NAPI modules: r8169
    pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0
    chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp4s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 vendor: Rivet Networks driver: iwlwifi
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 05:00.0
    chip-ID: 8086:2526 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp5s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 Bluetooth Adapter type: USB driver: btusb
    v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:4 chip-ID: 8087:0025 class-ID: e001
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 232.89 GiB used: 96.29 GiB (41.3%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital
    model: WDS250G2X0C-00L350 size: 232.89 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 101140WD temp: 51.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 75 GiB size: 75 GiB (100.00%) used: 23.25 GiB (31.0%)
    fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-2: /home raw-size: 157.87 GiB size: 157.87 GiB (100.00%) used: 73.04
    GiB (46.3%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-3: /var/log raw-size: 75 GiB size: 75 GiB (100.00%) used: 23.25 GiB
    (31.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw-size: 75 GiB size: 75 GiB (100.00%) used: 23.25 GiB
    (31.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.48 GiB used: 2.8 MiB (0.0%)
    priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 63.0 C pch: 59.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia
    temp: 63 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 331 Uptime: 19m wakeups: 1 Memory: 15.48 GiB used: 2.43 GiB
  (15.7%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl
  Compilers: gcc: 12.1.1 clang: 14.0.6 Packages: pacman: 1651 lib: 396
  Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.20
Garuda (2.6.6-1):
  System install date:     2022-04-03
  Last full system update: 2022-08-17
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       NetworkManager
  Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
  Snapshots:               Snapper
  Failed units:            

Thank you to whom wants to help.

On Garuda Assistant enable all performance options, also on enable performance mode in the battery icon on system tray. Your CPU is in powersave mode,

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Thank you, solved
There should be some problem with change between powersave and performance because each other component was in performance mode so I had to switch manually the CPU with the command

cpupower frequency-set --governor performance

I think I'll make an automatic script, if needed I can share it.

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Ok, I have rebooted and the problem is the same as before, but now the CPU is in performance mode and the other devices too. The video card is fixed to 75 MHz clock for the majority of the time.

It worked only one time

New garuda-inxi:

System:
  Kernel: 5.15.60-1-lts arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.1
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-lts
    root=UUID=a715693c-beb0-4b88-870f-4885fc8edc10 rw [email protected]
    quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=2
    loglevel=3 ibt=off
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.25.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.5 info: latte-dock
    wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: PC Specialist product: Recoil v: Standard
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Tong Fang model: GK5CP0Z v: Standard serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI-[Legacy]: American Megatrends v: N.1.51 date: 04/04/2019
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 36.8 Wh (94.8%) condition: 38.8/46.7 Wh (82.9%)
    volts: 11.7 min: 11.4 model: standard type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: charging
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Core i7-8750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake
    gen: core 8 built: 2018 process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x9E (158)
    stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xF0
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
    L3: 9 MiB desc: 1x9 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 3946 high: 3998 min/max: 800/4100 scaling:
    driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 3916 2: 3985 3: 3902
    4: 3901 5: 3998 6: 3962 7: 3973 8: 3986 9: 3952 10: 3806 11: 3997
    12: 3975 bogomips: 52799
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT
    vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: retbleed mitigation: IBRS
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
    sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling,
    PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel CoffeeLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics 630]
    vendor: Tongfang Hongkong driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-9.5
    process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20 ports: active: eDP-1
    empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:3e9b
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU106M [GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile]
    vendor: Tongfang Hongkong driver: nvidia v: 515.65.01
    alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+ status: current (as of
    2022-07) arch: Turing code: TUxxx process: TSMC 12nm built: 2018-22 pcie:
    gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 16 link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s ports:
    active: none empty: DP-2,DP-3,HDMI-A-3 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f11
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: Chicony HD Webcam type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-13:3
    chip-ID: 04f2:b65a class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.3
    compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nvidia gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP-1-1 model: BOE Display 0x07af built: 2018
    res: 1920x1080 dpi: 142 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6")
    diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA
    515.65.01 direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Tongfang Hongkong
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1
    chip-ID: 10de:10f9 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.60-1-lts running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Tongfang Hongkong driver: r8168 v: 8.050.03-NAPI modules: r8169
    pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0
    chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp4s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 vendor: Rivet Networks driver: iwlwifi
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 05:00.0
    chip-ID: 8086:2526 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp5s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 Bluetooth Adapter type: USB driver: btusb
    v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:4 chip-ID: 8087:0025 class-ID: e001
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: <filter>
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 232.89 GiB used: 88.12 GiB (37.8%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital
    model: WDS250G2X0C-00L350 size: 232.89 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 101140WD temp: 45.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 75 GiB size: 75 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.94 GiB (19.9%)
    fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-2: /home raw-size: 157.87 GiB size: 157.87 GiB (100.00%) used: 73.18
    GiB (46.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-3: /var/log raw-size: 75 GiB size: 75 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.94 GiB
    (19.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw-size: 75 GiB size: 75 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.94 GiB
    (19.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.48 GiB used: 1.2 MiB (0.0%)
    priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 78.0 C pch: 51.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia
    temp: 65 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 326 Uptime: 6h 26m wakeups: 1 Memory: 15.48 GiB used: 2.54 GiB
  (16.4%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl
  Compilers: gcc: 12.1.1 clang: 14.0.6 Packages: pacman: 1652 lib: 396
  Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.20
Garuda (2.6.6-1):
  System install date:     2022-04-03
  Last full system update: 2022-08-17
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       NetworkManager
  Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
  Snapshots:               Snapper
  Failed units:            

You have an Optimus laptop.

Are you running Minecraft on the iGPU or the dGPU?

Verify by running nvidia-smi in a terminal.

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prime-run minecraft-launcher

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The game says Nvidia RTX 2060, usually the integrated one performs better.

nvidia-smi output:

Wed Aug 17 20:46:12 2022       
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| NVIDIA-SMI 515.65.01    Driver Version: 515.65.01    CUDA Version: 11.7     |
|-------------------------------+----------------------+----------------------+
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|                               |                      |               MIG M. |
|===============================+======================+======================|
|   0  NVIDIA GeForce ...  Off  | 00000000:01:00.0 Off |                  N/A |
| N/A   58C    P3    26W /  N/A |    943MiB /  6144MiB |     87%      Default |
|                               |                      |                  N/A |
+-------------------------------+----------------------+----------------------+
                                                                               
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Processes:                                                                  |
|  GPU   GI   CI        PID   Type   Process name                  GPU Memory |
|        ID   ID                                                   Usage      |
|=============================================================================|
|    0   N/A  N/A      7701      G   /usr/lib/Xorg                     212MiB |
|    0   N/A  N/A      9104      G   /usr/bin/kwin_x11                  78MiB |
|    0   N/A  N/A     11032      G   /usr/bin/plasmashell               53MiB |
|    0   N/A  N/A     11154      G   /usr/bin/latte-dock                22MiB |
|    0   N/A  N/A     44241      G   /usr/bin/firefox-esr              173MiB |
|    0   N/A  N/A   2435575      G   ...uncher/minecraft-launcher        8MiB |
|    0   N/A  N/A   2437795      G   ...va-runtime-gamma/bin/java      385MiB |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Doesn't work because I already use the nvidia video card (prime has nvidia video card as default).

sudo nvidia-smi -lgc 1000,1000

This command should pin GPU frequency to 1000 MHz.

This is quite strange because when I stay on the desktop without game open it stay on 1 GHz while when I start the game or the game is opened the frequency is stable on 75 MHz.

I used this command to unlock the frequency and it works in the same way so change the frequency on idle, but is quite fixed to 75 MHz when the game is opened.

sudo nvidia-smi -lgc unlimited,unlimited

Could you have enabled a low performance or battery conservation mode in Minecraft?

Ah right, I should've checked that in the inxi first, I see it now, sorry.

I thinked that and I tried to do a benchmark to be sure, the benchamark locks on one of the phases, but I could see an inconstant framerate, the partial results are

meanFPS: 20.7
Time: 124.5s
Frames: 2572
MinFPS: 3.9
MaxFPS: 103.7
Scene: 12/18

The framerate went like a wave. Also frequencies have same behaviour.

I used Unigine valley benchmark

So we know it is not Minecraft specific. Disable KDE compositor (AFAIK Shift+Alt+F12 does it, check settings if it fails) quit Latte Dock by right clicking on a dock and choosing "quit latte" then run benchmark again. Use MangoHUD while benching so you can monitor temperatures.
EDIT: Temps are a bit high. What were you doing when running inxi?

Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 78.0 C pch: 51.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia
    temp: 65 C

This time the benchmark ended so I have the results. They are slightly better, but the behaviour is as similar as before.

The temperature was never above 75°C.

I was starting and stopping minecraft so I think it is normal.
Results:


|FPS:|**22.1**|
| --- | --- |
|Score:|**924**|
|Min FPS:|**4.9**|
|Max FPS:|**122.7**|

## System

|Platform:|Linux 5.15.60-1-lts x86_64|
| --- | --- |
|CPU model:|Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz (2207MHz) x12|
|GPU model:|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 PCI Express 515.65.01 (6144MB) x1|

## Settings

|Render:|OpenGL|
| --- | --- |
|Mode:|1920x1080 fullscreen|
|Preset|Custom|
|Quality|High|

Powered by [UNIGINE Engine](http://unigine.com/products/unigine/)

[Unigine Corp.](http://unigine.com/) © 2005-2013

That level of performance doesn't make any sense.

Is your PSU able to provide enough power for the GPU? Is it connected correctly with all relevant molex connectors? Is it in the correct PCIe slot?

The computer is a notebook, so the slot is correct because I used Kubuntu in the past and it worked well. For the PSU I can try to change it.

Have you cleaned out its vents and fans recently?

Yes, more or less two month ago, and the temperature is not too high (the benchmark reached 75°C, but most of the time was 70°C or less)

That could just be the system performing thermal throttling, which would also explain

Have you made any other changes to your system other configuration since installing?

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