Question RTX 2070 SUPER low usage while gaming

Mar 22, 2020
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my system:
Alienware Aurora R6
i7-7700k overclocked to 4.7ghz at max boost
ASUS RTX 2070 SUPER OC dual fan
16gb 2400mhz RAM
800W power supply

for some reason, when I am playing games like cod warzone, rainbow six siege. My GPU usage is always at around 50-60%, and the game is always running at around 60-100 fps, which is not ideal when I have a 144hz monitor. My CPU is always running at 80-90%, but I am pretty sure my 7700k is not bottlenecking my GPU.

Here are the few things I tried:
-reinstalling windows 10
-dust cleaning
-overclocking my CPU
-picking prefer maximum performance option on all the software, ( Nvidia control panel, Windows power plan)
and none of them worked, and I am super frustrated because my rig should be able to handle these games at a much higher setting and fps.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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How many cpu cores are at 100%? This does look like a cpu limitation. The 7700k was slightly behind the i5 8600k
I do not think any of them stayed at 100% all the time, they are usually around 80-90% and the temperature is around 75 degrees.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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Those kind of game are cpu bounds, you're not bottlenecking much but if you wanna higher fps you van always lower the setting
I tried putting everything on the lowest settings but that just puts my GPU usage even lower and I will get almost the same fps as before.
 
Looks like 1 or more threads is 90+ or 95+% most of the time. Software isnt totally accurate at recording usage so Id feel this is a cpu limitation. The fact dropping the game settings doesn't increase fps is a typical sign of a cpu limitation.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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Looks like 1 or more threads is 90+ or 95+% most of the time. Software isnt totally accurate at recording usage so Id feel this is a cpu limitation. The fact dropping the game settings doesn't increase fps is a typical sign of a cpu limitation.
I see what you are saying, but isn't i7-7700k a fairly new CPU that should not bottleneck my GPU while playing games like rainbow six siege?
 
The 7700k is 3 years old. Its ok cpu but its out performed by successor i5's and even current i5's are being pushed very hard in some games. Older generation Intel's have not aged that well. I'm not familiar with rainbow six cpu benchmarks though.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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Why are you pretty sure it’s not a CPU bottleneck? Seems to me the evidence and answer is right there.
I just realized that my i7-7700k is performing terribly compares to the other i7-7700k. In Cinebench R15, It only scores around 850, where a stock i7-7700k normally scores around 950.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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First thing to check are temperatures, if it’s running hot it will limit boost or even throttle the cpu.
I ran the stress test for 30 minutes and there was no indication of throttling anywhere, really confused about why my CPU is giving out such terrible performance under full load.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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The temperatures were at 70 degrees celsius and the clock speed was at 4.7ghz. All the cores were being pushed to 100%.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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Based off the given image, I only see one stick of ram. Not having dual channel ram will hinder performance by quite a bit.
omg, that might just be why it's running so slow. I think I will swap out the ram and buy a dual channel with higher frequency and the bottleneck might just go away.
 
Mar 22, 2020
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After installing my new dual-channel RAM stick, my GPU usage significantly went up and my FPS in games have dramatically increased.
 

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