[SOLVED] Intel Core i3-9100f 100% usage when gaming

weCzarek

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Basically the problem is simple. My i3-9100f keeps working at 100% during gaming (Watch Dogs 2, AS Odyssey Division 2). I believe that might be the reason why my PC is underperforming (over 10-20% loss of performance comparing to Youtube's game benchmarks)
Intel Core i3-9100f
8GB RAM DDR4 2133MHz (OC to 2400MHz) Single Channel
Asus RX 580 4GB
ASRock H310M
Windows 10 Pro
SSD Crucial MX500 250GB and Sandisk 250GB
 

boju

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Dual channel can essentially enhance cpu's instructions per clock (IPC), pretty much capable of doing more because it's given more, as dual channel doubles bandwidth between cpu and ram. Pretty much as said already.

Before gpu renders frames, the cpu must prepare them first. Reasons for drops in frames can be extensive, ranging from cpu/gpu/vrm thermals, psu, ram, to background processes/apps, drivers or lack of cores/threads.

Crap like Cortana can turn off if don't use it. There'd be more useless services in Windows taking up valuable cpu time that can be probably be disabled to focus more resource where it's needed. I'm sure there are tweak guides showing whats safe to disable like Cortana, MS update sharing, Gamebar dvr recording etc

Monitoring cpu usage and frame rates can help determine if you need to perhaps limit fps so cpu isn't maxing out and game play is more stable. When a cpu can't give anymore, there's potential problems for fps drops and stutters.
 

boju

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Dual channel can essentially enhance cpu's instructions per clock (IPC), pretty much capable of doing more because it's given more, as dual channel doubles bandwidth between cpu and ram. Pretty much as said already.

Before gpu renders frames, the cpu must prepare them first. Reasons for drops in frames can be extensive, ranging from cpu/gpu/vrm thermals, psu, ram, to background processes/apps, drivers or lack of cores/threads.

Crap like Cortana can turn off if don't use it. There'd be more useless services in Windows taking up valuable cpu time that can be probably be disabled to focus more resource where it's needed. I'm sure there are tweak guides showing whats safe to disable like Cortana, MS update sharing, Gamebar dvr recording etc

Monitoring cpu usage and frame rates can help determine if you need to perhaps limit fps so cpu isn't maxing out and game play is more stable. When a cpu can't give anymore, there's potential problems for fps drops and stutters.
 

OllympianGamer

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This is my opinion but I don't believe i3s are really made for gaming apart from maybe esport titles. The titles you listed are notoriously cpu intensive as well which doesnt help. Online benchmarks are a good guide but theres a lot of factors that could give a 10 -20% variance in fps ranging from bios settings to cooling solution. I'd run userbenchmark first and see how your hardware stacks up against similar rigs.
 

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