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GPU usage won't go above 50 percent even with my CPU usage only being 20-25%

For some reason my GPU usage is only at 50% and my CPU usage hangs around 20-25% in any game. Is there any fix to get my GPU usage higher?
My specs:
Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.60 GHz (Turbo boost to 3.60GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M w/ 1 GB GDDR5 memory
8 GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM

Any solutions would be greatly appreciated!
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  1. What games are you playing ?
  2. Plants vs zombies probably..
  3. Seladon-1370374 said:
    What games are you playing ?


    Happens with any game, BF4, Warthunder, World of Tanks, Total War Games, any game I play, the GPU just stops at 50 percent usage.
  4. Make sure that your drivers are updated.
  5. Seladon: I have reinstalled the drivers several times. Clean Install every time.

    NaniBot: Already tried that thread unfortunately :(
  6. Check the power cable going into the GPU. Some GPUs can run without it, but it'll be limited to the power it can draw from the PCIe bus which means a slower top speed.
  7. Solandri said:
    Check the power cable going into the GPU. Some GPUs can run without it, but it'll be limited to the power it can draw from the PCIe bus which means a slower top speed.


    The GPU is getting enough power because I was able to overclock the thing. I have it clocked from 900 to 995 MHz and the GPU memory is bumped up from 1254 MHz to 1554 MHz.
  8. Do the "M's" indicate your on a laptop? (I'm guessing, yes....)

    Be sure your running off the power adapter. And, check your power settings in Windows......batteries won't do

    Other issue, temperatures, what are they during gaming? (high temps mean you system will throttle to save it self...)
  9. jb6684 said:
    Do the "M's" indicate your on a laptop? (I'm guessing, yes....)

    Be sure your running off the power adapter. And, check your power settings in Windows......batteries won't do

    Other issue, temperatures, what are they during gaming? (high temps mean you system will throttle to save it self...)


    Yeah the M does indicate a laptop. It is a Mid 2012 Retina Macbook Pro that I have a bootcamp on. I always run off a power adapter when I can. During gaming I am usually running temps of 70 to 80 degrees C for both GPU and CPU.
  10. Best answer
    Yeah, the system is most likely throttling to save itself from melting......

    If you can get MSI Afterburner or the like you can see GPU temps, clocks, and usage on-screen at the same time. Then you can prove GPU Clock is being cut back (throttled) to reduce temperatures.....
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