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May 28, 2013 8:58:24 PM

My gpu usage is usually running at 89% at idle, temperature around 60c.
Trying to run any game such as BF 3 or even Chivalry I get a frame rate average of 13-20 on fraps.

I've checked process and can't find anything that would be suspicious or aiding the situation.

AMD a8 3.3ghz processor
Sapphire 7970 3gb GPU
16gb Ram

Windows 7 home 64bit

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May 28, 2013 9:02:18 PM

Possibly a bitcoin mining virus and someones utilizing your GPU remotely.

Usually only gets resolved by a clean install by Windows. Run your Anti-virus software, look for obvuscator specifically.
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May 28, 2013 9:05:15 PM

its your cpu i bet.. the a8 bottlenecks 7850's
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May 28, 2013 9:10:23 PM

guitargod213 said:
its your cpu i bet.. the a8 bottlenecks 7850's


Which this is mostly true, it won't utilize his GPU at idle at all...
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May 28, 2013 9:10:30 PM

lol why pair a A8 cpu with a 7970... huge waste of money,

I'd recommend you upgrade your cpu asap.

Also do some virus scans in safe mode as someone else has recommended. Also check your startup programs with msconfig and turn most of it off to test if any of the programs are affecting it.
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May 28, 2013 9:11:55 PM

Novuake said:
guitargod213 said:
its your cpu i bet.. the a8 bottlenecks 7850's


Which this is mostly true, it won't utilize his GPU at idle at all...


yea i totally agree with you he needs to run some anti virus scans lol, i didnt see your message till after i posted
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May 28, 2013 9:17:02 PM

Azn Cracker said:
lol why pair a A8 cpu with a 7970... huge waste of money,

I'd recommend you upgrade your cpu asap.

Also do some virus scans in safe mode as someone else has recommended. Also check your startup programs with msconfig and turn most of it off to test if any of the programs are affecting it.


I actually won the gpu and cpu together from Gearbox Studios.
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May 28, 2013 9:17:55 PM

guitargod213 said:
Novuake said:
guitargod213 said:
its your cpu i bet.. the a8 bottlenecks 7850's


Which this is mostly true, it won't utilize his GPU at idle at all...


yea i totally agree with you he needs to run some anti virus scans lol, i didnt see your message till after i posted


What would be the best free or cheap antivirus to use?
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May 28, 2013 9:19:34 PM

windows essential virus protection. its what i use
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May 28, 2013 9:46:35 PM

Novuake said:
Possibly a bitcoin mining virus and someones utilizing your GPU remotely.

Usually only gets resolved by a clean install by Windows. Run your Anti-virus software, look for obvuscator specifically.


I really appreciate your advice, scanned and found a bitcoin miner. Card is running a nice 37 degrees and a 0% usage after it's removal.
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May 29, 2013 5:27:48 AM

Stoopidleezard said:
Novuake said:
Possibly a bitcoin mining virus and someones utilizing your GPU remotely.

Usually only gets resolved by a clean install by Windows. Run your Anti-virus software, look for obvuscator specifically.


I really appreciate your advice, scanned and found a bitcoin miner. Card is running a nice 37 degrees and a 0% usage after it's removal.


No problem, a good free anti-virus is Avast by the way. Just make sure to remove any other anti-virus before installing it.
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