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AOE III - High GPU utilization

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January 7, 2011 12:08:31 PM

Hi all,

Age of Empires III is quite old by now, so I would expect my system to handle it without breaking a sweat (see specs in my profile). I play it at 1680x1050 with pretty much everything turned on.

The thing is, after playing for a while, my GPU fan audibly speeds up, and when checking my temperatures afterwards, RivaTuner confirms this. According to the graphs, I get 70C and near 100% fan speed. The only other game I have that comes anywhere near to pushing the card this hard is StarCraft 2, which is brand new and more intensive at high settings, I would think.

Any ideas? Is this known/expected behaviour for the game?

January 7, 2011 2:23:45 PM

Do you enable or force extreme amounts of aa(eg.8xaa+)?All rts games tend to challenge configurations due to the amount of objects rendered(gpu) and the amount of ai and physics calculations(cpu) that need to be done.AA especially can push a gpu that hard.
January 7, 2011 2:30:45 PM

Nope. I mostly have AA off or 4x at the most.

A quick check using GPU-Z has confirmed that utilization goes to 98%+.
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January 7, 2011 3:31:18 PM

Herr_Koos said:
Nope. I mostly have AA off or 4x at the most.

A quick check using GPU-Z has confirmed that utilization goes to 98%+.


It could be a bug.Is it fully updated?Maybe it hogs the gpu due to an error of the game's code.
January 7, 2011 4:23:13 PM

I just patched it to the latest version, will see if it helped.
January 7, 2011 9:20:46 PM

That is weird. My 9600GSO MAXES it out at full HD.
And it is trash compared to your 9800GTX+.
January 7, 2011 10:57:22 PM

plznote said:
That is weird. My 9600GSO MAXES it out at full HD.
And it is trash compared to your 9800GTX+.


I can max the game out, it's just that my GPU seems to me working extremely hard.
January 7, 2011 11:54:42 PM

UPDATE: I may have discovered the culprit. The main menu screen chases the GPU to 100% almost instantly, while game itself is much more relaxed. This seems similar to what StarCraft 2 did when it was first released. Does anyone know of a fix for this?
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