UPDATE: It turns out the culprit for my CineBench testing scores was abnormally low priority for the program in Windows 10. Had to go through Task Manager and manually set high priority for CineBench when it runs, now my scores are largely back to where they were before. Still have to check out the other test suites I've been using, but so far so good! Thank you for bearing with my frustration in this thread... it's a bit overbearing at times when I can't quite wrap my head around a problem x-(
First of all, inb4 fanboy responses. I am not interested in solutions that require spending money here, because that's not the issue as far as I can tell. Keep those comments to yourself pls.
I have recently been encountering strange CPU based performance issues, most noticeable when running a Cinebench run. Even when overclocked to 4.6 GHz, I am scoring BELOW 700; granted the FX 8350 is NOT the most baller chip ever, but it should perform better than that. I have even noticed lately that my physics scores are worse under 3DMark than they used to be by roughly 600 points (8200-ish vs 8800-ish). I have tried re-installing the newest BIOS for the board AND installing the newest chipset drivers, neither of which did anything but exacerbate the problem somehow. I have checked for any resource-intensive apps running in the background, none to be found that indicate heavy CPU usage outside of whatever program I am currently running. No significant hardware changes of any kind since this problem started within the past few weeks. Here's the system specs:
AMD FX-8350 (validated up to 4.6 GHz)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0, 2501 UEFI, most recent Crimson chipset drivers
Corsair Vengeance LP Low Voltage 2 x 4 GB 1600 MHz RAM
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 FTW REF. @ 1500 MHz
Fractal Design Newton V3 800W PSU
Kingston HyperX 240 GB SSD
Western Digital 3 TB RED drive
NZXT Sentry 3 fan speed controller
Windows 10 OS
I am seriously at a loss. Short of reformatting my system (really would rather not do that) I literally have no idea what to do from here. I just know that this chip should be performing much better than it is, and I don't have the money to replace anything... so this is all I have to work with. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!