Question High CPU usage while gaming

Mar 11, 2021
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For about a week I have had 100% CPU usuage (which goes down a bit but straight back up again).This has obviously lead to me getting frame drops and me stuttering in game.It doesn't matter what game I play whether that be a less demanding game such as CSGO or high demanding games such as Starwars-Jedi fallen order (which i didnt have a problem with before this problem,usualy around 60 fps).I have done the basic trouble shooting such as a maleware check,going on high power prioty and so on.
Any help to why I am suddenly having these problems would be much appreciated.
i3-9100F
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
 
Mar 11, 2021
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Thermaltake PSU 500 watt,16gb of corsair ram.The compoents are around 8 months old.I never had a problem before but about a week or so ago the problem began.
 
A theory to test:
You may be thermal throttling.
If the cpu gets too hot, the performance will be lowered until the heat issue resolves.
Running at a lower multiplier will run up the usage %.

Run Hwmonitor.
If your minimum temperature is much higher than 10-15c. over ambient, your cooler is not mounted well or the fan is not working.
I might guess that you are using the stock intel cooler.
Nudge the cooler to see if it wiggles.
Look at the back of the motherboard to see if all 4 pushpins are through and locked.

If you see a max of 100c. then you have throttled.

----------------how to mount the stock Intel cooler--------------

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.
If properly mounted, you should expect temperatures at idle to be 10-15c. over ambient.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the opposite direction of the arrow,(clockwise)
and pulled up as far as they can go.
Take the time to play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.

Orient the 4 pins so that they are exactly over the motherboard holes.
If one is out of place, you will damage the pins which are delicate.
Push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.

When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard should be out of the case to do the job. Or you need a case with a opening that lets you see the pins.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly
unless you can verify that the pins are through the motherboard and locked.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins counter clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.
Clean off old paste with alcohol and a lint free paper like a coffee filter.
Apply new paste sparingly. A small rice sized drop in the center will spread our under heat and pressure.
Too much paste is bad, it will act as an insulator.
It is hard to use too little.

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Mar 11, 2021
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A theory to test:
You may be thermal throttling.
If the cpu gets too hot, the performance will be lowered until the heat issue resolves.
Running at a lower multiplier will run up the usage %.

Run Hwmonitor.
If your minimum temperature is much higher than 10-15c. over ambient, your cooler is not mounted well or the fan is not working.
I might guess that you are using the stock intel cooler.
Nudge the cooler to see if it wiggles.
Look at the back of the motherboard to see if all 4 pushpins are through and locked.

If you see a max of 100c. then you have throttled.

----------------how to mount the stock Intel cooler--------------

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.
If properly mounted, you should expect temperatures at idle to be 10-15c. over ambient.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the opposite direction of the arrow,(clockwise)
and pulled up as far as they can go.
Take the time to play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.

Orient the 4 pins so that they are exactly over the motherboard holes.
If one is out of place, you will damage the pins which are delicate.
Push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.

When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard should be out of the case to do the job. Or you need a case with a opening that lets you see the pins.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly
unless you can verify that the pins are through the motherboard and locked.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins counter clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.
Clean off old paste with alcohol and a lint free paper like a coffee filter.
Apply new paste sparingly. A small rice sized drop in the center will spread our under heat and pressure.
Too much paste is bad, it will act as an insulator.
It is hard to use too little.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A theory to test:
You may be thermal throttling.
If the cpu gets too hot, the performance will be lowered until the heat issue resolves.
Running at a lower multiplier will run up the usage %.

Run Hwmonitor.
If your minimum temperature is much higher than 10-15c. over ambient, your cooler is not mounted well or the fan is not working.
I might guess that you are using the stock intel cooler.
Nudge the cooler to see if it wiggles.
Look at the back of the motherboard to see if all 4 pushpins are through and locked.

If you see a max of 100c. then you have throttled.

----------------how to mount the stock Intel cooler--------------

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.
If properly mounted, you should expect temperatures at idle to be 10-15c. over ambient.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the opposite direction of the arrow,(clockwise)
and pulled up as far as they can go.
Take the time to play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.

Orient the 4 pins so that they are exactly over the motherboard holes.
If one is out of place, you will damage the pins which are delicate.
Push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.

When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard should be out of the case to do the job. Or you need a case with a opening that lets you see the pins.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly
unless you can verify that the pins are through the motherboard and locked.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins counter clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.
Clean off old paste with alcohol and a lint free paper like a coffee filter.
Apply new paste sparingly. A small rice sized drop in the center will spread our under heat and pressure.
Too much paste is bad, it will act as an insulator.
It is hard to use too little.

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Min is about 34c and max is around 55c
 
Looks like temperature is not the issue.
What might have changed since all was well?
Sometimes, windows pushes out a less than optimum driver set.

If you run task manager/resource monitor, you can see what tasks are using the cpu most.
 
Mar 11, 2021
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Looks like temperature is not the issue.
What might have changed since all was well?
Sometimes, windows pushes out a less than optimum driver set.

If you run task manager/resource monitor, you can see what tasks are using the cpu most.
Thats the thing,I have not changed anything.I woke up one morning some times last week and I hopped on a game and noticed bad FPS drops.I checked task manager and noticed my high CPU usuage.I thought maybe it was just that game however I tried around 3-4 others and found the same issues.The issues only begin when playing games and if i'm on other applications its completely normal (granted i know that teams is not as demanding as rainbow six siege of overwatch)
 

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