Windows 10: i5-3470 utilisation with GTX1050 Solved

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  1.    20 Mar 2018 #1

    i5-3470 utilisation with GTX1050


    Hi,
    My son has a PC and the CPU hits 100% as soon as he gets into any game

    System details are as follows
    Asus P8H77-M Pro MOBO (BIOS is current)
    i5-3470 3.2GHz
    Zotac GeForce GTX1050 2GB
    Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800)
    Win 10 Home, 1709 b16299.248

    Any idea what's causing the apparent bottleneck as on paper there shouldn't any issues as far as I can tell?
    TIA
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  2. Posts : 388
    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
       20 Mar 2018 #2

    What sort of game?
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  3. Posts : 818
    Windows 10
       20 Mar 2018 #3

    That is more likely with a 5 yo processor, but it depends on how a game is written. Some use the CPU more than others.
    There is always a hardware limitation somewhere in a system and that tends to be the older hardware.

    Also after that time servicing is required like cleaning out fans, possibly replacing fans and heatsink compound replacement etc.
    Checking on temperatures may reveal something.
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  4.    21 Mar 2018 #4

    Masterchiefxx17 said: View Post
    What sort of game?
    Games tried are Counter Strike Global Offensive, Fortnite, Overwatch & Players Unknown Battlegrounds
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  5.    21 Mar 2018 #5

    Helmut said: View Post
    That is more likely with a 5 yo processor, but it depends on how a game is written. Some use the CPU more than others.
    There is always a hardware limitation somewhere in a system and that tends to be the older hardware.

    Also after that time servicing is required like cleaning out fans, possibly replacing fans and heatsink compound replacement etc.
    Checking on temperatures may reveal something.
    When running the game the CPU is 49 deg & the GPU is at 41 deg. Doesn't look too hot
    Might be the age of the CPU and/or the game as you say
    Perhaps time for new PC :-(
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  6. Posts : 818
    Windows 10
       21 Mar 2018 #6

    Those temperatures are well within the working range if that is during 100% CPU usage, so that's not a problem.

    Settings within any game also affect CPU usage. You can very easily turn up a graphic effect such that CPU usage goes to 100%. The effect may not actually be visible at all in the final images, thus the CPU is doing useless calculations.
    There is an awful lot of variables and some degree of skill in choosing the type and degree of calculation and where it is likely to be done.

    That amounts to reading up on the various techniques used in producing graphics.
    Taking just one say, Anti-Aliasing. There maybe 5 settings within a game but only 2 actually have a visible effect the other 3 just use up CPU or GPU doing useless calculations if set.
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  7. Posts : 585
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, v1803
       21 Mar 2018 #7

    CS:GO's CPU taxing but it's not what the i5 3470 cannot handle.

    You may try checking your task manager while playing games.

    the i5 3470 wont bottleneck the GTX 1050
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  8.    22 Mar 2018 #8

    RoasterMen said: View Post
    CS:GO's CPU taxing but it's not what the i5 3470 cannot handle.

    You may try checking your task manager while playing games.

    the i5 3470 wont bottleneck the GTX 1050
    All the games are at lowest graphics settings.
    It's using the task manager that I can see 100% CPU utilisation
    From what I've read it shouldn't bottleneck as you say :-(
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  9. Posts : 388
    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
       22 Mar 2018 #9

    Are you running all of the latest drivers for your system? Is Windows fully updated?
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  10.    23 Mar 2018 #10

    Masterchiefxx17 said: View Post
    Are you running all of the latest drivers for your system? Is Windows fully updated?
    Yes drivers are at 9.124 and Windows is up to date at 1709 b16299.248 (slow ring)
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