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Cpu at 99% playing BFBC2

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May 10, 2011 4:27:49 AM

Hello, I'm not sure if this is in the right section or not. But when I play Battlefield bad company 2 at 1920 x 1080 and smaller resolutions as well, and trying all of the detail settings on various levels my cpu is running at 90-99%. I've played newer games on 1920x1080 and high and highest settings with no problems. Usually 50-60% range.
My question is is it safe to run at this high of a cpu limit for hours at a time? And is there something in the settings I might adjust or is it just a cpu intensive game.
I have a x4 970 be stock
Crosshair 4 formula
4 gb of kingston Value ram
asus 6850 x 2
corsair h70 cooler
antec 1200 case

Thank you

P.S. I'm a pc gamer newb, I've just switched from console to pc a couple of months ago and any help would be appreciated

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May 10, 2011 4:40:26 AM

yes this is normal, you have so much graphics power that your CPU is your bottleneck. Also BC2 is well optimized for multiple cores, so unlike other games it can use up all of your cores. Don`t worry about this damaging your cpu, your cpu is at stock speed so the temperatures should be fine.
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May 10, 2011 4:42:58 AM

Running your CPU at near 100% consitently is fine. It has features that would protect it from damage due to excessive heat or other incidents.

But what you have in graphics power, as Overclocked said, is well more than your CPU can handle. You really want a setup like that for multiple monitors or one that goes to 2560x1600.

Just one HD6850 should take on BC2 easily.
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May 10, 2011 5:03:23 AM

Thanks for the quick replies. It played really good, just the readout on my keyboard scared me a little. But good to know there is nothing to worry about.

I do plan on upgrading around the fall to a faster cpu. Just I needed a new pc, my dell was crapping out on me and the sandy bridge recall happened so I choose my AMD. Which I hope the motherboard is going to be AM3+ ready.

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May 10, 2011 3:40:10 PM

100% cpu load is normal when your cpu bottlenecked.

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May 10, 2011 4:32:33 PM

Its worth checking your temps using HWMonitor or similar to be on the safe side especially since you have 2 GPUs. As long as the temps are OK then its all fine. BTW I don't think the 970 will hold back those GPUs much.
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May 10, 2011 4:44:31 PM

BC2 is a VERY CPU heavy game, even my QX9650 struggled at times. I'm not shocked an X4 series would be right around 99%...
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May 11, 2011 12:26:09 AM

The cpu doesn't seem to struggle at all. The frame rates seem to be vary consistent. I haven't run fraps yet to see what the are at. But it feels like the game runs extremely smooth on 1920 x 1080 60hz with details high. But when I go to lower resolutions and detail settings it stays the same 95-99%
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May 11, 2011 12:41:51 AM

Just because it's a CPU bottleneck doesn't mean it's going to have low frames. I get near constant 60s with my 560 and Phenom II x4 965, and my CPU gets hotter in BC2 than it does Prime. Don't sweat it, it's normal.
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May 11, 2011 1:16:30 AM

kind of sad & funny how younger kids have grown up on multi-core chips and think 100% usage is some how bad.

Back on single core chips, 100% was the norm.
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May 11, 2011 1:28:46 AM

Well obviously you don't want 100% to be the "norm" because that would degrade the chip's life span. But yeah, it's designed to max itself out, there's nothing dangerous or harmful about it.
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May 11, 2011 11:59:04 AM

Technically, you don't want to be running at 100%, as any increase in load will start to degrade the system. But as most people run only one major process at any time, they don't notice the effects of having an overburdened processor.
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May 11, 2011 1:55:03 PM

it wont degrade the system. the chips are designed to run at 100 percent and have a build life of 5 years. that means you should be able to run the chips at 100% 24/7/365 for 5 years without it degrading in performance.. if you have a higher end chip from the same series they will run at lower temps and voltages thus giving them an even longer life.

if the above were not true there would be no working Pentium 1,2,3,or 4's as they would have all burn up by now.
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May 11, 2011 4:17:25 PM

HEXiT said:
it wont degrade the system. the chips are designed to run at 100 percent and have a build life of 5 years. that means you should be able to run the chips at 100% 24/7/365 for 5 years without it degrading in performance.. if you have a higher end chip from the same series they will run at lower temps and voltages thus giving them an even longer life.

if the above were not true there would be no working Pentium 1,2,3,or 4's as they would have all burn up by now.



Even so, you can't blame someone for not wanting to constantly run their equipment at maximum threshold. Electrical bills aside, people just feel more comfortable having breathing room in their equipment.
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June 19, 2011 3:48:51 PM

I dont think its anything to worry over, my E8500@3.16 runs at 100% thats with 8gb ram, 570 gtx,I think that BF BC2 IS A CPU HUNGRY GAME, i JUST HOPE MY RIG WILL ALLOW ME TO PLAY bf3, FINGERS CROSSED !
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June 19, 2011 4:26:28 PM

douce00 said:
The cpu doesn't seem to struggle at all. The frame rates seem to be vary consistent. I haven't run fraps yet to see what the are at. But it feels like the game runs extremely smooth on 1920 x 1080 60hz with details high. But when I go to lower resolutions and detail settings it stays the same 95-99%


lowering your graphics settings just makes your GPU run faster which puts more burden on your CPU. Lowering your graphics will cause your CPU to bottleneck more, not less.
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June 19, 2011 4:30:23 PM

peachy_29 said:
I dont think its anything to worry over, my E8500@3.16 runs at 100% thats with 8gb ram, 570 gtx,I think that BF BC2 IS A CPU HUNGRY GAME, i JUST HOPE MY RIG WILL ALLOW ME TO PLAY bf3, FINGERS CROSSED !


They've said to take your settings in BC2 and drop it down 1-2 notches, and you'll run the same FPS in BF3. It should run fine on any system that can run BC2 fine, but not at the same graphics levels.

That being said, BF3 can make use of a 3-way SLI 580 and a dual socket i7, so don't expect to run max settings + max AA on current tech without dishing out money.
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June 19, 2011 4:51:05 PM

Kewlx25 said:
They've said to take your settings in BC2 and drop it down 1-2 notches, and you'll run the same FPS in BF3. It should run fine on any system that can run BC2 fine, but not at the same graphics levels.

That being said, BF3 can make use of a 3-way SLI 580 and a dual socket i7, so don't expect to run max settings + max AA on current tech without dishing out money.




Cool so you think my CPU will be ok for the mo?




http://www.electronicsecuritysupplies.co.uk/
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June 19, 2011 8:45:53 PM

peachy_29 said:
Cool so you think my CPU will be ok for the mo?




http://www.electronicsecuritysupplies.co.uk/


E8500 should be low end for BF3, but based on the way they talked, it should run it "decently". Probably going to see slow downs during heavy scenes, but it should be smooth most of the time. <-- guessing based on descriptions compared to BC2
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