Low CPU/GPU Usage and Low Framerates

Title says it all. I have searched similar threads and tried to solve this, but with no luck.

I have a GTX 780 Ti and an i7 950 @ 3.07 GHz (not OCed). I have a 750W power supply so I don't believe that is the issue.

I'm using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, and I made sure I'm not on the "power saver" mode.

My CPU temps seem to be averaging around 50 degrees, with a peak of 60 (sidenote--this peak may have not even been from the gaming, but when I use my computer for work running CPU intensive programs), and my 780 is only hitting around 60 degrees tops, usually is less, though.

GPU usage only seems to hit around 50% and CPU is hitting about 30% but I also monitored each THREAD of my CPU (4 core, 8 thread CPU) and each thread only ever hit around 70-75% usage max. Often it was around 60% for the highest used thread, and around 20-30% for the others.

I have 18Gb of RAM so I doubt that is the issue either.

My GPU drivers are all up to date.

The 2 games I have been playing recently where I notice this are Battlefield 3 and DayZ Stand Alone. I have a 120Hz monitor, so I would like to get some use out of it, but I'm having a hard time even get 60 FPS. Also, even though I'm running BF3 on ultra, my monitor is 1650x1050 so it should be much easier to get good FPS I think. DayZ SA I have the settings turned down quite a bit as I've heard it's not well-optimized, but I still struggle to get good FPS.

Please let me know if you can help and what other information you would need from me. Thanks in advance!
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  1. Check if your mobo has any power save options if so and they are turned on then turn them off should see a good improvement if this is the cause.
  2. Stan Harris said:
    Check if your mobo has any power save options if so and they are turned on then turn them off should see a good improvement if this is the cause.


    I'm using a Rampage III Extreme mobo , and I can't find any settings that would be doing that I think. Maybe someone who knows a lot about that board would correct me, though.
  3. Small update: I ran a short stress test on my CPU and even with the usage sitting at 100% for a while, the temps are maxing out around 60-62 so I don't think high temps is the reason the CPU isn't being utilized in games.
  4. I OCed my CPU using the MoBo's built in "CPU level up" function to 3.37GHz. It might have helped some, but it might have just been my imagination. I still will have low FPS sometimes, though (I consider <50 bad considering it is a 780ti and I'm only running at 1680x1050).

    Check out this video I took last night in BF3.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnNH8xNf0YA

    Sorry for the crappy youtube compression, but if you watch in 1080p you can see in the upper left my FPS drops to around 40 at one point. The GPU usage is low then, and the CPU usage never goes much over 70%. That huge list of bottom percentages is because I was monitoring each thread of the 4 cores. Here is the layout of the on-screen display:

    FPS
    GPU Temp, GPU Usage
    Thread 1-8 Usage, Total CPU Usage, CPU Temp

    I don't understand if this is a bottleneck, because neither my CPU nor my GPU ever reach 100% usage. On different BF3 maps, however, I notice my GPU usage will sometimes get up to around 80% usage, and then I'm getting 120 FPS, but on these larger maps the GPU drops way down and the CPU never hits 100%.

    Also, I noticed my GPU Memory Clock was always running at it's max, so I used EVGA Precision to up my GPU's core clock and memory clock, but it made zero difference, so I just put it back to normal.

    Hopefully, this new info will help someone figure out why I can't maximize my performance...
  5. genmills said:
    I OCed my CPU using the MoBo's built in "CPU level up" function to 3.37GHz. It might have helped some, but it might have just been my imagination. I still will have low FPS sometimes, though (I consider <50 bad considering it is a 780ti and I'm only running at 1680x1050).

    Check out this video I took last night in BF3.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnNH8xNf0YA

    Sorry for the crappy youtube compression, but if you watch in 1080p you can see in the upper left my FPS drops to around 40 at one point. The GPU usage is low then, and the CPU usage never goes much over 70%. That huge list of bottom percentages is because I was monitoring each thread of the 4 cores. Here is the layout of the on-screen display:

    FPS
    GPU Temp, GPU Usage
    Thread 1-8 Usage, Total CPU Usage, CPU Temp

    I don't understand if this is a bottleneck, because neither my CPU nor my GPU ever reach 100% usage. On different BF3 maps, however, I notice my GPU usage will sometimes get up to around 80% usage, and then I'm getting 120 FPS, but on these larger maps the GPU drops way down and the CPU never hits 100%.

    Also, I noticed my GPU Memory Clock was always running at it's max, so I used EVGA Precision to up my GPU's core clock and memory clock, but it made zero difference, so I just put it back to normal.

    Hopefully, this new info will help someone figure out why I can't maximize my performance...


    Those automatic tools are often garbage and will incorrectly set voltages. I'd revert it.
    I would have to assume you're seeing a CPU bottleneck, though it's odd you're not hitting 100% on a thread.

    What I'd try is setting everything to max settings (which your GPU should be able to handle) and slowly lowering them, watching the FPS as you do so. If when you lower eye candy your FPS does not improve, it's likely that your CPU is bottlenecking it.

    And as you've already mentioned, don't worry about DayZ SA as it's crappy for all of us atm.

    What I'd like to ask you to do is post a screenshot of HWMonitor here after you've been playing for a while - leave it running in the background and then post the image of the readings here.
  6. I played a BF3 match for about 30 min and started HWiNFO64 right as I entered so these numbers and averages should be for just while I was playing.

    http://connorengstrom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/HWiNFO64-Monitoring.png

    For some reason, though, I was unable to get above 60 FPS, I even fooled around with vertical sync but there was definitely some FPS limiting going on. If anyone needs me to, I can do another match where the frames aren't getting capped and I can report back with that data too.
  7. Everything looks fine, thanks for taking the time to do that. It's odd that you're getting low FPS. Having never played battlefield 3 myself I can't really say which settings to change, other than the obvious vsync and AA/AF.

    How about when you play single player BF3? If it's higher it could mean that your CPU isn't strong enough to cope with the larger amount of players in MP. I also thought I'd add in even when my FX 8320 was bottlenecking me in single-threaded games the CPU usage of the thread wouldn't really exceed 90%, and considering the load spread across the cores on your CPU I wouldn't be surprised if it still is the bottleneck.

    It would be nice to see the frames without them being capped.
  8. I reinstalled GPU drivers and even tried rolling them back to older drivers, but neither helped at all.

    I live in a very old house, though, and I'm always suspicious of the wiring in here. Could it be possible that something is wonky with my electricity? Or would the PSU regulate any fluctuations? Maybe I need to monitor the power I'm getting or get some kind of regulator if that is the case...

    I know the CPU can get to 100% because it does when I stress test it with LinX. This is getting frustrating quickly! :)
  9. I checked your voltages and they look fine, I doubt it's a PSU problem. And I know all CPUs can be pushed to 100%, though not all games will cause that to happen.
  10. This "problem" has still been really annoying me, especially since I can't figure it out. Today I was playing some League of Legends, and I noticed my FPS dropped to 70-80 at one point. This time with super low CPU/GPU usage. Something is definitely up. I should never, ever, ever drop below 120 FPS on a game like LoL with my setup I think...
  11. JOOK-D said:
    Everything looks fine, thanks for taking the time to do that. It's odd that you're getting low FPS. Having never played battlefield 3 myself I can't really say which settings to change, other than the obvious vsync and AA/AF.

    How about when you play single player BF3? If it's higher it could mean that your CPU isn't strong enough to cope with the larger amount of players in MP. I also thought I'd add in even when my FX 8320 was bottlenecking me in single-threaded games the CPU usage of the thread wouldn't really exceed 90%, and considering the load spread across the cores on your CPU I wouldn't be surprised if it still is the bottleneck.

    It would be nice to see the frames without them being capped.


    I got the same issues but with my 8350/r9 290... never over 80% in BF3/BF4 yet, y GPU was 50-100% and I lost fps a TON when that happened. Was there ever a fix OP 780tiu should blow everything out of the water, you only get like 1/3 of its performance? should be at 100fps on ultra in 1650x1050p...
  12. jkteddy77 said:
    JOOK-D said:
    Everything looks fine, thanks for taking the time to do that. It's odd that you're getting low FPS. Having never played battlefield 3 myself I can't really say which settings to change, other than the obvious vsync and AA/AF.

    How about when you play single player BF3? If it's higher it could mean that your CPU isn't strong enough to cope with the larger amount of players in MP. I also thought I'd add in even when my FX 8320 was bottlenecking me in single-threaded games the CPU usage of the thread wouldn't really exceed 90%, and considering the load spread across the cores on your CPU I wouldn't be surprised if it still is the bottleneck.

    It would be nice to see the frames without them being capped.


    I got the same issues but with my 8350/r9 290... never over 80% in BF3/BF4 yet, y GPU was 50-100% and I lost fps a TON when that happened. Was there ever a fix OP 780tiu should blow everything out of the water, you only get like 1/3 of its performance? should be at 100fps on ultra in 1650x1050p...


    I never did figure it out, sadly. I haven't played BF4 in a while though so I don't know if anything has changed. Other games seem to have worked normally and use up to 99% GPU or if they don't at least I'm already hitting 120 FPS in them.
  13. I have a suggestion.

    Get a small SSD (64 GB or so), unplug all your other hard drives/SSDs and make a fresh Windows Install. Don't bother installing anything else apart from all the drivers needed (motherboard, sound card, graphics card etc.) and install BF 3 and see if there is any improvement. If there is a significant improvement then you can be sure it has something to do with the software/drivers you had installed on your main Hard Drve/SSD.

    If not you can just unplug the SSD and plug back all your hard drives so you can have your system back to normal. I think it's worth the try.
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