CPU Bottleneck?


May 10, 2012
Hey guys, so when im playing bf3 i notice my GPU usage rarely gets over ~65% but my fps hovers between 20-30, you would think the GPU usage would be 100% during gaming unless my FPS was really high, no? I am wondering if this means my CPU or something else is bottlenecking my GPU.

My specs:

System Information
Time of this report: 5/10/2012, 03:12:01
Machine name: BOBBY-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120305-1505)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.5GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8190MB RAM
Page File: 3473MB used, 5115MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 560 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1200&SUBSYS_23841462&REV_A1
Display Memory: 4062 MB
Dedicated Memory: 2014 MB
Shared Memory: 2047 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: HD1900
Monitor Id: GWY078A
Native Mode: 1440 x 900(p) (60.070Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.9610 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 2/29/2012 20:02:00, 17642816 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
its unlikely to be a bottleneck but rather just a performance issue...
chances are your running on ultra rather than mid high which is where the 560ti stands in real world performance on a multiplayer map...

if you want to know what your gpu performance is get gpu-z
you may also wanna try this... http://bf3.realmware.co.uk/settings-editor/downloads when it creates the user.cfg file open it and turn the dx11 features off for a good increase in performance for little in the way of a drop in visual quality.