Question CPU Utilization at 100% when running any game.

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I'm looking for some tips on how to get my CPU's utilization down when running games. I experience severe lag in any attempt to play a game on my pc, and when I go to check my task manager, my CPU is running at 100%. This is a brand new computer so software issues like malware are highly unlikely. I figure it has something to do with my actual build. Does anyone have a solution to this problem?

Edit: Im new to this so I didn't realize I should've included my build.
This is it:
Computer: MSI MS-7C90
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (Vermeer, VMR-B0)
3700 MHz (37.00x100.0) @ 3720 MHz (37.20x100.0)
Motherboard: MSI MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI (MS-7C90)
BIOS: 1.60, 05/13/2021
Chipset: AMD B550 (Promontory PROM19 C)
Memory: 16384 MBytes @ 1066 MHz, 15-15-15-36
- 8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - G.Skill F4-3200C16-8GTZR
- 8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - G.Skill F4-3200C16-8GTZR
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (Navi22 XT) [ASUS]
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, 12288 MB GDDR6 SDRAM
Drive: Samsung SSD 980 1TB, 976.8 GB, NVMe
Sound: ATI/AMD Navi2x - High Definition Audio Controller
Sound: AMD Family 17h/19h - HD Audio Controller
Network: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 160MHz
Network: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8125 Gaming 2.5GbE Family Ethernet Controller
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (x64) Build 19043.1415 (21H1)
 
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Have you installed the latest BIOS for your motherboard as well as drivers and chipset updates? You can find this on the support page for your motherboard.

Does this happen on every game or a specific one?

It’s also useful to post the specifications of your rig, so it could assist in troubleshooting.
 
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What CPU do you have?

If the game is mostly responsible for utilization, there's almost nothing you can do about it. It's just the way the game was designed.
I have a AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. Would this just be a performance issue? Or is there something I'm doing wrong?
 
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Have you installed the latest BIOS for your motherboard as well as drivers and chipset updates? You can find this on the support page for your motherboard.

Does this happen on every game or a specific one?

It’s also useful to post the specifications of your rig, so it could assist in troubleshooting.
Would there be a chance I do not have the latest BIOS, drivers, and chipset updates if I encountered this issue the very first time I used the PC? I'm fairly inexperienced, but it seems likely everything should be to date. Also yes, this occurs with every game.
 

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For more info about the pc can you do the next which gives bios info too,

download hwinfo,
install and open it=click run,
close the top window which is the system summary,
in the main window at the left top click "save report",
at the bottom of the next window check "Summary for Clipboard",
after that you'll see what's in the pc,
copy by clicking "copy to clipboard" and rightclick+paste in your next respons
Or run userbenchmark,

https://www.userbenchmark.com

copy the link to the results here.
 

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Would there be a chance I do not have the latest BIOS, drivers, and chipset updates if I encountered this issue the very first time I used the PC? I'm fairly inexperienced, but it seems likely everything should be to date. Also yes, this occurs with every game.
What's you're rig? Are they internet games? I've had driver troubles with new motherboards. I RMA a motherboard only to find the mfg installed new drivers they didn't list (till after the fact). So yeah, it was too spankin' new, they didn't work out the bugs. So what's in your rig?
 

Nighthawk117

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I have a AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. Would this just be a performance issue? Or is there something I'm doing wrong?
Doesn't sound right for a 5600X, need to know what games you are playing and also a full system spec would help. The first thing I would check would be temperatures and clock speeds just in case it's throttling. You can use HWMonitor for that:
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
 
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For more info about the pc can you do the next which gives bios info too,



Or run userbenchmark,

https://www.userbenchmark.com

copy the link to the results here.
Computer: MSI MS-7C90
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (Vermeer, VMR-B0)
3700 MHz (37.00x100.0) @ 3720 MHz (37.20x100.0)
Motherboard: MSI MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI (MS-7C90)
BIOS: 1.60, 05/13/2021
Chipset: AMD B550 (Promontory PROM19 C)
Memory: 16384 MBytes @ 1066 MHz, 15-15-15-36
- 8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - G.Skill F4-3200C16-8GTZR
- 8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - G.Skill F4-3200C16-8GTZR
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (Navi22 XT) [ASUS]
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, 12288 MB GDDR6 SDRAM
Drive: Samsung SSD 980 1TB, 976.8 GB, NVMe
Sound: ATI/AMD Navi2x - High Definition Audio Controller
Sound: AMD Family 17h/19h - HD Audio Controller
Network: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 160MHz
Network: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8125 Gaming 2.5GbE Family Ethernet Controller
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (x64) Build 19043.1415 (21H1)

here ya go, sorry about the delay, this is my build.
 

larkspur

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Memory: 16384 MBytes @ 1066 MHz, 15-15-15-36
- 8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - G.Skill F4-3200C16-8GTZR
- 8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - G.Skill F4-3200C16-8GTZR
Looks like your RAM is running at DDR4-2133 speed instead of DDR4-3200 speed (which it is rated). Go into your BIOS and make sure to "A-XMP" is enabled and select the DDR4-3200 profile.
 

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