Idle CPU Usage Tags: CPUs Desktops Last response: January 3, 2013 7:20 PM in CPUs Share mrkilo January 3, 2013 5:22:23 PM What is the proper way to check your "idle" CPU usage? I use Task Manager in Win7 and go to the Performance tab. My desktop idle usage is at 12%. I am running an i7-3770k @ 3.9GHz quadcore 16gb of RAM and windows on 120GB SSD. Is 12% high or average ? What is everyones desktop CPU usage and how did you get it to those numbers? Thank you. More about : idle cpu usage popatim a c 147 à CPUs January 3, 2013 6:46:30 PM it depends on what all you have running but i would say 12% with a browser open is decent. m 0 l mcnumpty23 a b à CPUs January 3, 2013 7:07:35 PM mines at 7% most of that is corsair link software and my cctv software they use 5% between them if the cctv softwares not detecting any movement m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer nukemaster a c 133 à CPUs January 3, 2013 7:20:45 PM This depends fully on what the computer is doing. Even what website makes a difference. For instance(i5 750), on this forum(this exact page with HWmon + winamp playing). 2-4% on the main Toms page 9-12% Also note that with add block, the load may be lighter as well. Unless you run into issues, I would not worry about it. Even video card clocks change on different websites since the web browser can use the video card for acceleration. Google. http://imageshack.us/a/img638/4331/googlegpu.jpg Tom's I have no clue WHY it stays that high, but with that card, it did. Newer cards do not seem to get stuck or even have to clock up like that http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4765/tomshardwaregpu.jpg m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedAfter a few minutes at idle, %100 1 cpu core usage Forum SolvedConstant 100% CPU usage on idle (period_search_10210_windows_x86_64sse3.exe) Forum SolvedCpu usage spiking at idle up to 70%, in game spiking to 100% causing massive frame rate problems Forum Solved25% idle CPU usage problem fixed! Forum SolvedWindows 8 idle CPU usage high Forum SolvedHIgh cpu usage during idle and gaming Forum High CPU Idle Usage Forum CPU Usage of a process drops to 2% after 10 seconds idle? Forum Unusually high CPU usage while idle Forum Unusually high CPU usage while idle Forum Cpu usage strikes 100% when playing 720p videos and playing heavy games but remains normal when the system is idle Forum CPU usage- 30% usage while idle Forum CPU Usage higher when idle Forum Laptop CPU @ 100% and RAM @ high usage on idle Forum cpu usage on idle Forum Help with High CPU usage @ idle Forum CPU & RAM Usage high when idle? Forum MalwareBytes, Csrss.exe - Heavy (40%) CPU Usage/RAM on Idle Forum CPU usage of 25% too high for idle? Forum cpu usage gaming / idle Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !