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Why is My GPU Stuck at 300MHz?

Why is my GPU stuck at 300MHz?

Your GPU may get stuck at 300MHz because of incompatible drivers linked with the graphics card, a faulty power supply or wrong power management settings. The GPU may also get stuck at 300MHz due to a bad solder joint, damaged shunt resistors, issues with the PCB.

  • Bad solder joint
  • Damaged shunt resistors
  • Issues with the PCB
  • Dying graphics card
  • Faulty power supply
  • Wrong power management settings
  • Incompatible device drivers


Bad solder joint

A bad solder joint is responsible for the GPU being stuck at 300MHz because it hampers the working of the graphics card.


Damaged shunt resistors

When the shunt resistors of the graphics card are damaged, more power flows through the GPU, which can damage it. As the GPU cannot reduce the amount of power, it gets stuck at 300MHz which is a safe level.


Issues with the PCB

The PCB stands for Primary Circuit Board on which the graphics card of your computer is fitted. Any issue with the PCB results in the GPU getting stuck at 300MHz.


Dying graphics card

The graphics card may die prematurely because of excessive strain put on it such as broken fans. This may lead to the GPU getting stuck at 300MHz in order to minimize the power consumption while improving efficiency.


Faulty power supply

Sometimes, your computer may be unable to supply the power required for the maximum performance of the GPU. So, when the GPU is unable to receive the required power, it gets stuck at a safe level of 300MHz.


Wrong power management settings

When the power management settings are turned to low or high power mode, the GPU gets stuck at 300MHz. It’s ideal to choose a balanced mode if the option is present.


Incompatible device drivers

In some cases, the device driver software is incompatible with the specifications of your computer. It is possible that your device drivers need to be of an older or newer version to keep the GPU working in the required speed range.


GPU is stuck at 300MHz


How to Fix a GPU that is stuck at 300MHz?

You can fix a GPU getting stuck at 300MHz by installing the latest display drivers and checking of there is enough power going to the GPU.

  1. You will need to get the hardware issues repaired by a professional. In most cases, it will need a replacement.
  2. You can change a prematurely dying graphics card by getting it exchanged under warranty.
  3. To check whether your computer is supplying enough power to the GPU, try inserting the graphics card in a different computer and run it to see if it still gets stuck at 300MHz. If it still gets stuck, then the graphics card is faulty and you will need to change it.
  4. You should not keep your computer at a low power mode. To turn it OFF, go to the “Device Manager” window and click the “Power Management” tab. Change the power settings according to the requirement of your computer. You may need to change the settings to “maximum performance” or “balanced” mode.
  5. If you have the latest drivers installed on your computer and are still facing the issue, uninstall the drivers and download at least three versions of older drivers from the official website of your provider. Try installing each of these versions and see if any one of them helps to resolve the problem.


Why does the GPU keep dropping to 300MHz?

The GPU keeps dropping to 300MHz because the BIOS and memory settings have changed from the default options.


You can fix a GPU that keeps dropping to 300MHz by following these steps:

  1. Change the BIOS Settings to default options by launching the BIOS Setup. Click on “Assessing BIOS”.
  2. Press the F9 key to open the “Factory Default Settings”. A message box appears on the screen asking you to confirm your choice. Press the “OK” button followed by the “Enter” key.
  3. When the BIOS Utility Setup appears, press the F10 key to save the changes and exit the setup.
  4. Enable the XMP option by entering the BIOS setup. To do this, restart your computer and press the “F2” or “F10” key to boot into the BIOS. Go to the “Memory Tab”. Find the XMP option and enable it.
  5. Exit the setup and when the computer starts, go to the Power settings and select the “High-Performance Plan”.
  6. Go to the “Change Plan Settings” and click on the option “Restore Default Settings”.


Radeon RX580 stuck at 300MHz

A Radeon RX580 GPU may get stuck at 300MHz because of incompatible device drivers installed in your computer. As a result, the GPU is unable to work at higher levels and stays locked at 300MHz.


Here’s how you can fix this problem:

  1. Use a Device Driver Uninstaller to uninstall all the device drivers in your computer that may be linked to the graphics card. If the drivers installed in your computer are the latest versions, you will need older versions of the drivers.
  2. Uninstall the MSI Afterburner from your computer.
  3. Shut down the computer once the uninstallation has been completed.
  4. Restart your computer and install older versions of the device drivers associated with your graphics card. It’s recommended to use AMD drivers to run the GPU on your system. This will prevent the Radeon RX580 from getting stuck at 300 MHz.


2080 super stuck at 300MHz

A 2080 Super GPU may get stuck at 300MHz when you update the device drivers while an overclocking software like MSI Afterburner or GPU-Z is still running in the background.


You can solve this problem by following some steps given below.

  1. Uninstall the MSI Afterburner overclocking software from your computer.
  2. Uninstall the Precision tool once the MSI Afterburner uninstallation is over.
  3. Shut down your computer and restart it.
  4. Install the MSI Afterburner and Precision software back on your computer. This will prevent your 2080 super’s GPU from getting stuck at 300MHz.


RTX 2080Ti stuck on 300Mhz

If your RTX 2080Ti GPU is stuck at 300MHz, it is because of issues in the graphics card port. Whenever there are problems in the socket where the graphics card is inserted into the computer, the GPU gets stuck at the safe value, which is 300 MHz.

  1. Uninstall all the device drivers and software associated with the graphics card of your computer.
  2. Once the uninstallation process is complete, go to the Safe mode and use a Device Driver Uninstaller to clean up any remaining drivers that may be causing the issue.
  3. Open the casing of your computer and clean all the dirt and dust using a blow dryer. Make sure to turn the blow dryer to cold settings as hot air may damage the components.
  4. Take the graphics card out and clean it by blowing cold air in it.
  5. Remove the heatsink from the graphics card and clean its fans with the help of a toothbrush. The heat sink is responsible for keeping the GPU cool during the work cycles.
  6. Pour some isopropyl alcohol over cotton pads and gently wipe the GPU area as well as the PCIe pins of the graphics card to clean off the dust.
  7. Apply a little thermal paste on the GPU and put the heatsink back in the graphics card.
  8. Put the graphics card back in your computer and install all the device drivers from the official NVIDIA website. This will solve the issue of GPU getting stuck at 300MHz in RTX 2080Ti.


G14 GPU stuck 300MHz

The G14 GPU may get stuck at 300MHz because the wrong software or drivers of the graphics card are used or the power-saving settings are turned to the balanced mode.

You can prevent the GPU of G14 from getting stuck at 300MHz by trying the solutions given below.

  1. Disable the battery booster in the NVIDIA power settings by going to the “Device Manager” in the “NVIDIA Control Panel”.
  2. If that doesn’t help, move over to the “Advanced” settings and activate the “Switchable Dynamic Graphics” option to turn the power saving mode from “Optimize Performance” to “Optimize Power”. This will hopefully solve the issue.
  3. Update the drivers using the Radeon Lite software. It’s advisable not to use Adrenaline for this purpose.


NVIDIA GPU stuck at 300MHz

An NVIDIA GPU gets stuck at 300MHz when the power management settings are turned to a different mode or you are using the latest device drivers.

You can fix this issue by following the steps given below.

  1. Go to the 3D Settings by right-clicking on your desktop.
  2. Select the “Power Management Settings” tab and turn the performance setting to the Maximum. In some cases, you will need to turn it to “Adaptive”. This will hopefully solve your problem. If it doesn’t, move to the next step.
  3. Use a Device Driver Uninstaller to uninstall all the drivers from your computer. Sometimes, the latest drivers are not compatible with the updates of your computer system. This leads to problems like GPU getting stuck at specific speeds.
  4. Restart your computer and install drivers up to three versions older. You can go to the official NVIDIA website to find the older updates of the device drivers. It’s a good idea to install one version and check for compatibility before installing another or all three versions at a time.



The GPU of your computer may get stuck at 300MHz and cause problems in the performance and display of the computer. It may occur due to hardware issues and/or software settings of the computer.

You can fix this by repairing the hardware issues and managing the settings of the software using the Device Manager of your computer.

You may also need to uninstall the drivers and install them back on your system to prevent your GPU from getting stuck at 300MHz.

Always download the drivers from the official websites of your graphics card provider.

In case of a dying graphics card, you will need to replace it.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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