[SOLVED] Is my CPU bottlenecking my GPU?

Akos__

Commendable
May 18, 2016
22
0
1,520
1
I have an Intel Core i3-8350k processor overclocked to 4,3 GHz. I owned a Gigabyte Gtx 1060 6GB G1 Gaming, ran it in OC mode(aorus software). I had stable 144 fps on low settings in r6. Now I traded it for an 1 year old ROG STRIX 1070 TI and I run it in no oc mode, it fails to keep even 140 fps. I have a 144hz display with FreeSync enabled. Why is this happening?
 

Akos__

Commendable
May 18, 2016
22
0
1,520
1
If your CPU is at/near 100% usage while the GPU is unable to hit 100% usage, then the CPU bottleneck would be the answer. As I would expect with a i3-8350 and a GTX 1070 Ti.
do you suggest a solution? like OC my CPU even more? or you suggest I get an i5 8th gen?
 

Akos__

Commendable
May 18, 2016
22
0
1,520
1
What’s your cpu & gpu temperatures when gaming? Even if you are bottlenecked by the cpu you should not have seen a loss in FPS, worst case it should be the same.
CPU temp around 55-65 (my case exhaust is near the window curtain, the room I'm in doesnt allow me for more spacing) GPU around 60-65 at most. Under load of course. Idle temps are: CPU ~40, GPU ~50
 

clutchc

Titan
Herald
The slight loss in fps may be due to the fact that the CPU has more work to do buffering the faster gfx card.
I suspect the i3-8350K is right at the margin for keeping up with the GTX 1070 Ti at those fps. Try for some more OC and see what happens.

But really, 144 fps vs 149 fps? That is almost margin of error, and probably not noticeable. Btw, you never answered if the CPU was at 100% usage when gaming.
 

Akos__

Commendable
May 18, 2016
22
0
1,520
1
The slight loss in fps may be due to the fact that the CPU has more work to do buffering the faster gfx card.
I suspect the i3-8350K is right at the margin for keeping up with the GTX 1070 Ti at those fps. Try for some more OC and see what happens.

But really, 144 fps vs 149 fps? That is almost margin of error, and probably not noticeable. Btw, you never answered if the CPU was at 100% usage when gaming.
The CPU is at around 100 yes, but I still dont get it how a weaker 1060 6GB can produce a stable 144 FPS in games but not the 1070 TI. I ran the Unigine superposition bench when I got it and 1080p High results were far better with the 1070 TI. The card seems to be fine.
How do you guys reckon, could an i5-9600k solve this problem?
 

clutchc

Titan
Herald
The CPU is at around 100 yes, but I still dont get it how a weaker 1060 6GB can produce a stable 144 FPS in games but not the 1070 TI. I ran the Unigine superposition bench when I got it and 1080p High results were far better with the 1070 TI. The card seems to be fine.
How do you guys reckon, could an i5-9600k solve this problem?
i5-9600k? Yeah, I would think so. Your 4 core CPU is at 100% usage. That means that it has no more to give. And playing at low settings makes the GPU demand more from the CPU. The faster the GPU, the more it demands from the CPU.

Try increasing the in-game settings; put more demand on the GPU. Do you like playing at poor graphics settings?
 

Akos__

Commendable
May 18, 2016
22
0
1,520
1
i5-9600k? Yeah, I would think so. Your 4 core CPU is at 100% usage. That means that it has no more to give. And playing at low settings makes the GPU demand more from the CPU. The faster the GPU, the more it demands from the CPU.

Try increasing the in-game settings; put more demand on the GPU. Do you like playing at poor graphics settings?
i5-9600k? Yeah, I would think so. Your 4 core CPU is at 100% usage. That means that it has no more to give. And playing at low settings makes the GPU demand more from the CPU. The faster the GPU, the more it demands from the CPU.

Try increasing the in-game settings; put more demand on the GPU. Do you like playing at poor graphics settings?
I just bought the 9600k and sold my 8350k and it's all fine now!
 

Similar threads


ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS