Modern CPUs run at variable speeds.
I recently built a new machine. The processors I chose was an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core, 5200+.
Up until yesterday, everything was fine. I was running at optimal processor speed and when I checked Properties of My Computer, it reported as much.
Today, I logged in and checked Properties of My Computer for a totally seperate reason and saw that the CPU was being reported as running at 996MHz instead of the usualy 2.6GHz.
My mobo came with a utility that I can run to dynamically bump the speed of my CPU up, but I am reluctant to try it, as I have no experience overclocking.
What could cause this change? Should I be concerned about it? Should I make the change in the utility I have, or is there another utility I can use?