Question What is causing my lower fps?

LordMikeus

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So this is something I'm noticing in Apex lately and as I've done a lot of changes to my system recently I think it's worth checking everything I'm seeing is correct with some people who know more than I do. Overall I suspect the issue is with my CPU as I can see in Task Manager it's almost constantly at 100% during gameplay. I'm mostly using MSI Afterburner to keep track of things too.

Specs
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OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Mb: Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z270-Gaming K3
CPU: Intel Core i5 7500 @ 3.40GHz
GPU: 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Gigabyte)
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black, PC4-24000 (3000)
PSU: EVGA 650 GQ, 80+ GOLD 650W
SSD: 232GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (SATA (SSD))
HD: 931GB Seagate ST1000DM010-2DM162 (SATA )
SSD: 465GB Western Digital WDC WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 (SATA (SSD))

Monitors
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Dell S2716DG (2560x1440@144Hz) (Main one I use)
2769M (1920x1080@60Hz)


The new addition to my setup is the Dell Monitor. I also recently replaced my 1060 with the 2080, my 8GB RAM with 2x8GB and the Power Supply to 650W.
Temperatures seem more or less fine from what I can see although it seems during gameplay my GPU hit a max temp of 75 Celsius and had a usage close to 96%. My Memory Usage was at close to 8000 out of 8192 according to MSI. RAM was fine at about 8GB out of 16. Power Limit and Voltage limit both seemed to have spiked between 0 and 1 throughout gaming. CPU temp was about 60 Celsius with usage at a max of 100%.
The thing that I wonder about is why my new 144hz monitor seems to be nowhere close to 140fps most of the time. I don't really notice the FPS drops after making sure I was on 144Hz as I was on 60fps when I noticed it most but the fps is not close to where I expected and according to RivaTuner (which I have open during gameplay), my MS is close to 5 most of the time instead of the 1 I expected. I do plan to get a new motherboard and cpu but I'd like to confirm if it's the cause right now and/or a serious issue. Do I need any better cooling in my system, are any of these things issues and is there any other details I can provide to get a definite answer? I really just want smooth and high fps gameplay.
 
Your i5-7500 might not be capable of keeping up with your gaming monitor's 144 Hz refresh rate, which can cause stutter, jerkiness, etc...

You might need to stick with 1080P and run VSync on temporarily...

Ideally, for 144 Hz gaming, most would like the newer gen 8700K, 9700K or above CPUs (on Z370/390) or so to go w/ your RTX2080, but, perhaps you can find a fire sale on a 7700K/cooler combo which might be a drop -in on your existing mainboard...
 

LordMikeus

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I was planning to get the 8700 and a new motherboard that can host it some time in the next few months but was hoping it wouldn't be too urgent as I just wanted it for ray tracing and wasn't in a rush. If that is the issue then I might just make do for now assuming no damage will be caused etc. The issue is something I can tolerate for a while.
 

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