CPU at full load while gaming

Hello :hello:

When I play video games my cpu is always at 100%. It really bottlenecks me. :ouch:

My cpu: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6400+ 3.2GHz (Windsor)

I know people with Core 2 Duo's at 2.4GHz playing the same games and using way less processor power.

Games I play: Battlefield Bad Company 2, Crysis, APB, Orange Box.

I can understand BFBC2 and Crysis using a good amount of my CPU but not full load. Maybe 70%.

When I play Team Fortress 2 or other Orange Box games I get the same Issue of 100% load. There is no way those games use that much power. Don't get me wrong they run smooth and I have a decent FPS in all these games I'm playing. Its just really bothering me that I'm pushing my CPU all the way to do so.

Any Ideas? Thank you.

AMD Athlon x2 64 6400+
GTX 275
4GB OCZ ram @ 800Mhz
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 rev 1.0
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  1. Why do you think they shouldnt use your CPU all the way? If it wasnt using your CPU to 100% it wouldnt be giving you nearly as good performance. You only have a dual core so if the game is dual threaded it will try to keep both cores running at 100% all the time to give you the best performance it can. If it was only running at 70% you would only get 70% the performance.
  2. BFBC2 will push a Quad, of course your X2 will be at 100% usage on that, same with some of the other games you've mentioned.
  3. It got me wondering when I was on my bro's comp and his Core 2 was at 60-70% load with BFBC2. And then I saw my CPU at 100% load in TF2 and started to wonder.
  4. Hi, I know this is an old topic....
    I have an AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600+ (2900mhz) and I have a problem in games:

    - it runs good frames a while....and then drops frames allmost to zero....then it runs again...then it freezes....
    when it freezes it's at full load(100%)

    I also have 3G RAM, ati HD5670 and a crapy asus M2N-MX se plus mobo

    p.s. It might be the mobo...but I allready invested in the gpu and memory...If I wouldn''t have the cpu problem it would be fine....pls help.
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