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Low GPU Usage on new GTX 1080

Hello.
Can anyone help me?
i Just got my GTX 1080 Gaming X from MSI today. I installed it, but when i started gaming, i saw no improvement in any game at all, compared to my GTX 970
When i turned on On-Screen Display from MSI afterburner it shows 35-40%, or 50% usage, while the CPU is also around 30-40%
Mostly on every game..
My specs:
i7 2600k, on 4.5GHz.
8GB HyperX Fury at 1600 mhz
Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 mobo
MSI GTX 1080
All games running from a Crucial 240GB SSD, on a LG Ultrawide 2k (1440p) monitor.
So basicly, the cpu isnt bottlenecking at all, also im playing on 1440p ultrawide.. Any tips?
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  1. UPDATE: PUBG GPU USAGE - 40-42% while cpu sometimes spikes up to 50-60%. Is that bottleneck?
  2. BenjaminPlease said:
    Hello.
    Can anyone help me?
    i Just got my GTX 1080 Gaming X from MSI today. I installed it, but when i started gaming, i saw no improvement in any game at all, compared to my GTX 970
    When i turned on On-Screen Display from MSI afterburner it shows 35-40%, or 50% usage, while the CPU is also around 30-40%
    Mostly on every game..
    My specs:
    i7 2600k, on 4.5GHz.
    8GB HyperX Fury at 1600 mhz
    Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 mobo
    MSI GTX 1080
    All games running from a Crucial 240GB SSD, on a LG Ultrawide 2k (1440p) monitor.
    So basicly, the cpu isnt bottlenecking at all, also im playing on 1440p ultrawide.. Any tips?


    I am pretty sure you are heavily CPU bottlenecked. Few games use all four cores effectively in reality, not to mention there is/was a significant performance boost from the 2nd to 3rd generation of core processors and we are in the 8th generation now. That is likely the cause of your low cpu usage (not all cores and hyperthreaded cores being maxed out). Also a 1080ti can run most games at 4K without issue so any lower you are looking at a processor limitation. Tbh your 970 was likely already capping you out and unless you actually goto 4K you probably wouldn’t notice that much difference unless you went into high end refresh rates.
  3. Did you download the newest drivers from Nvidia? (Clean install?)
  4. Are you lagging?
    The 1080 is built to run at your monitors refresh rate to preserve power so it won't use the full gpu if you don't set the graphics settings higher than they previously were.
  5. Well, i just played a pubg match, CPU stayed around 45-50%, rarely going to 60%, while GPU went to 70% ONCE! when i landed. Then it went back to 40%. Also, i have the same FPS as on VERY LOW, just like on ULTRA.
  6. Honestly poor PUBG performance isn't really surprising as the game is still early access, although if your having poor FPS in other AAA games then yes there may be a issue. Check the temps while gaming using HWmonitor.
    https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
  7. @trekelley Yes i am lagging, even having lagspikes. Sometimes while playing rust i hit over 100 fps, on 40% load on the GPU, then it i get a lagspike and fucks me down to 50-55 fps, till it reaches back to 100. lol
  8. @Wildcard999 GPU: (limited to) 70C, CPU at 60.
  9. BenjaminPlease said:
    @Wildcard999 GPU: (limited to) 70C, CPU at 60.


    You have your GPU temp limited to 70C? If so remove the limit as that GPU can safely go much higher. Try this and see if performance increases (it should).
  10. @WildCard999 i removed the temp limit, also maxed out all the games, im getting around 50-60%.
  11. BenjaminPlease said:
    @WildCard999 i removed the temp limit, also maxed out all the games, im getting around 50-60%.


    On the CPU or GPU? If it's still on the GPU then try running the games at 4K DSR. Also did you do a clean install of the Nvidia drivers?
  12. BenjaminPlease said:
    UPDATE: PUBG GPU USAGE - 40-42% while cpu sometimes spikes up to 50-60%. Is that bottleneck?


    It's pubg I get better performance on my fx 6300 wiht an r9 270x than my 2600k + gtx 770 4gb. It is not well optimized at all and has wierd issues all the time.
  13. @wildcard999 I haven't did a clean install of the drivers. I just installed it over the old GTX 970 drivers.
  14. Download the newest drivers for that 1080 directly from Nvidia and during the installation there's a check box to perform a clean install, do this and see if it helps.
  15. @WildCard999 did it, will get into testing.
  16. It's funny how in Witcher 3, my GPU is at 99% most of the time, sometimes dips down to 97%. CPU at around 50%.
  17. BenjaminPlease said:
    It's funny how in Witcher 3, my GPU is at 99% most of the time, sometimes dips down to 97%. CPU at around 50%.


    That's exactly what it should be like for most games, some that are not fully finished or need optimization such as PUBG you will run into poor performance.
  18. @wildcard999 but i dont get it. People with a damn i5 6400 get 70 fps in pubg lobby with lots of people, while my i7 2600k OC its even beating a 6600k stock. Why am i getting 40 fps?
  19. BenjaminPlease said:
    @wildcard999 but i dont get it. People with a damn i5 6400 get 70 fps in pubg lobby with lots of people, while my i7 2600k OC its even beating a 6600k stock. Why am i getting 40 fps?


    Pubg bevhaves quite random sometimes. It's still an unfinished game and has a lot of optimization problems. There are a lot of people with way better pc's than you that are having massive problems with the game too.
  20. BenjaminPlease said:
    @wildcard999 but i dont get it. People with a damn i5 6400 get 70 fps in pubg lobby with lots of people, while my i7 2600k OC its even beating a 6600k stock. Why am i getting 40 fps?


    In addition to what jaslion said they could be running at a different resolution which could make such a dramatic difference.
  21. is 1440p that damn bad or what?
  22. I still dont get it why i get freaking 40 fps in lobby..
    check this video i made on Rust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkMSQW4HHPI
  23. Best answer
    Rust seems to be playing fine even though the usage is low and the issue with PUBG is the game and not your hardware. PUBG should be leaving early access this month so I'd expect some performance updates so hopefully that will fix your usage issue and allow for the best performance on that system.
  24. DarkZenith said:
    BenjaminPlease said:
    Hello.
    Can anyone help me?
    i Just got my GTX 1080 Gaming X from MSI today. I installed it, but when i started gaming, i saw no improvement in any game at all, compared to my GTX 970
    When i turned on On-Screen Display from MSI afterburner it shows 35-40%, or 50% usage, while the CPU is also around 30-40%
    Mostly on every game..
    My specs:
    i7 2600k, on 4.5GHz.
    8GB HyperX Fury at 1600 mhz
    Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 mobo
    MSI GTX 1080
    All games running from a Crucial 240GB SSD, on a LG Ultrawide 2k (1440p) monitor.
    So basicly, the cpu isnt bottlenecking at all, also im playing on 1440p ultrawide.. Any tips?


    I am pretty sure you are heavily CPU bottlenecked. Few games use all four cores effectively in reality, not to mention there is/was a significant performance boost from the 2nd to 3rd generation of core processors and we are in the 8th generation now. That is likely the cause of your low cpu usage (not all cores and hyperthreaded cores being maxed out). Also a 1080ti can run most games at 4K without issue so any lower you are looking at a processor limitation. Tbh your 970 was likely already capping you out and unless you actually goto 4K you probably wouldn’t notice that much difference unless you went into high end refresh rates.


    I am going to expand on what I meant. First a couple of questions.

    1) what are you using to report your cpu usage?
    2) is your motherboard a pcie v3 slot or just 2?

    About question 1 I ask because of hyper threading. Windows 7 for example would prioritize heavy loads onto the physical processors, but would still consider the virtual processors as full processors. The end result is if a game or software uses all four physical cores to maximum it will still only show a cap at 50% cpu usage. Some software for monitoring is intelligent enough to do a load per core and can understand the pairing of virtual and physical processors as one entity so they report a more accurate cpu usage amount. I.e. a four core system with four matched virtual cores the software pairs the two together, physical core 0-3 and the virtual core 0-3. So if P-Core-0 is at 100% it can understand thy there is no spare performance for the V-Core-0 and balances them at 100%. It ends up showing a more accurate CPU indicator. Another way for you to check is open task manager and enable the option to view the cores separately. You will likely see 1 core hit 100% easy when playing, a 2nd at 80-90% and the 3rd to 4th at a lower amount with low or negligible usage on the virtual cores. It varies by game or software but you get the idea.

    Try this, disable HT in your bios and play the game again. I suspect your frame rates will be nearly identical but your cpu will show near 100%.

    My son plays on a dual Xeon Octo-core @3.2ghz setup at 1920x1200 on a gtx 1060 at 60fps without issues. (Older monitor). When I get home I will throw in my 980ti and hook up my 4K display and see what the results are for him. (My backup unused card is a 980ti lol)

    As for He pcie version that affects maximum bandwidth and may affect the card but with the lower processor it shouldn’t do much.
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