Question FPS Issues on a decent spec PC

May 29, 2020

I seem to be having an issue where i get low FPS in high foliage / effects games. Normally i would consider this to mean that i need an upgrade however i have friends who are playing the same games with a considerably less spec computer without any issues at all. For example, i would jump between 60 FPS -> 20 FPS in high foliage environments where they would have a steady 60FPS.

While i am experiencing this, my GPU and CPU looks to be operating nowhere near 100% usage so i am wondering if the motherboard could be causing a bottleneck or if there is an incompatibility issue?

drivers all up to date

Specs below:

System Information
Time of this report: 5/30/2020, 13:06:53
Machine name: DESKTOP-SBQE415
Machine Id: {E8BB93F1-6FC7-4E95-82E5-A4030CE5317E}
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 18362) (18362.19h1_release.190318-1202)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: X299 AORUS Gaming 7
BIOS: F6 (type: UEFI)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820X CPU @ 3.60GHz (16 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16078MB RAM
Page File: 10353MB used, 7004MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 12
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
Miracast: Available, with HDCP
Microsoft Graphics Hybrid: Not Supported
DirectX Database Version: Unknown
DxDiag Version: 10.00.18362.0387 64bit Unicode

Display Info:

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 980 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Type: Full Device (POST)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_17C8&SUBSYS_36DD1458&REV_A1
Device Problem Code: No Problem
Driver Problem Code: Unknown
Display Memory: 14136 MB
Dedicated Memory: 6097 MB
Shared Memory: 8038 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Just because your system has more "specs" it doesn't mean it's better for games,most games top out at 8 threads (4c/8t) which is why your CPU is nowhere near 100% usage and the more clocks you can get the better.

If you run your CPU at stock or even with MCE and all cores reach 4.3Ghz then that's still lower than the faster mainstream CPUs.
If you run at actual stock settings then a game might not even generate enough load to make the CPU boost and it might run at base clocks or close to.

Monitor CPU clocks alongside usage while gaming to see what's up.