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GPU Usage below 30% resulting in very low FPS

AMD FX - 8350
Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti 4GB G1
MSI 970 Motherboard
10GB DDR3 RAM
Games on:
HDD - WD Blue 7200
Temperatures are always below 40 for the GPU and below 50 for the CPU.
I have currently started testing only CS:GO as my previous game of choice GTA V takes too long to load and also use MSI Afterburner to get the usage and temps.
CPU usage is normal on CS:GO being at around below 60, but the GPU seems to be lacking being always below 25%. I have recently installed the motherboard, GPU and CPU and also 4GB of the RAM and have installed every needed driver for the motherboard and GPU. I would like to get help in resolving the problem of my GPU getting such low usage as i have seen benchmarks from people with similar setups, getting almost 100% usage on their GTX 1050 Ti's. I am by no means an expert and would appreciate any advice given.
Thank you! :)
(Forgot to mention that nothing has been overclocked and was kept stock as it came out of the box)
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  1. Do you have V sync on? with it on the GPU will only use as much power as it needs to provide whatever the refresh rate is. If V sync is off then it should perform at 100% or to a high usage at least. But then CS is generally limited to 150/300 FPS or whatever in its default state.
  2. - load times is the cause of using a harddrive instead of a ssd, this has nothing to do with your graphics card.
    - csgo in a cpu intensive game, 30% sounds normal for csgo.
  3. MaDDD said:
    Do you have V sync on? with it on the GPU will only use as much power as it needs to provide whatever the refresh rate is. If V sync is off then it should perform at 100% or to a high usage at least. But then CS is generally limited to 150/300 FPS or whatever in its default state.


    I have just turned off V sync off from the Nvidia Control Panel as CS:GO doesn't have that option and have gotten the same results as before, where GPU usage is under 30%. I also forgot to mention that due to the low usage i am getting no more than 70 FPS and random FPS drops throughout, which is very frustrating knowing what this rig is supposed to be capable of.
  4. superninja12 said:
    - load times is the cause of using a harddrive instead of a ssd, this has nothing to do with your graphics card.
    - csgo in a cpu intensive game, 30% sounds normal for csgo.


    - i am aware of the fact i need an ssd an i am currently saving money for that.
    - i cannot agree with you on this one unfortunatelly as i have seen multiple videos and benchmarks of people with the same setups getting 100% usage on their GPU's and around 50-60% on their CPU's on CS:GO easily sitting at around 250 FPS, whereas i am getting around 50 FPS, which is very unusual considering the parts i have.
  5. Best answer
    Enchew said:
    superninja12 said:
    - load times is the cause of using a harddrive instead of a ssd, this has nothing to do with your graphics card.
    - csgo in a cpu intensive game, 30% sounds normal for csgo.


    - i am aware of the fact i need an ssd an i am currently saving money for that.
    - i cannot agree with you on this one unfortunatelly as i have seen multiple videos and benchmarks of people with the same setups getting 100% usage on their GPU's and around 50-60% on their CPU's on CS:GO easily sitting at around 250 FPS, whereas i am getting around 50 FPS, which is very unusual considering the parts i have.


    The source engine is built to be CPU bound. Not CPU Intensive, but it used the CPU a lot more than the GPU. I used an older quad core i5-2300 with a GTX 1060 and I got around 90-110 FPS on dust_2 competitive (64-tick). Two days ago I upgraded my CPU to an i7-7700k and I average 450 fps. 500 fps in B site, 400fps A long. I have a friend with your CPU and he is having trouble running the game as well due to all these massive updates tanking performance.
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