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*Low CPU Usage Question*

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Hello my specs are

Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero x470
AMD R7 2700X (PBO on)
RTX 3080
16GB @3200mz (XMP on)

I wanted to know if getting around 40-50% cpu usage while gaming is normal?
Most of the titles I tried it it's same case, some others even lower.

*EDIT* My GPU usage if fine, high as it should be.

Is something wrong with that? I thought I should expect around high 70s to 80%
And if there's something fishy, any ideas on what should I try to fix?
Feel free to ask for more info if needed, thanks in advance
 
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No that's perfectly normal. the more cores you have the less the overall cpu usage in games.

Its always better to have a gpu bottleneck than a cpu bottleneck.
 
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No that's perfectly normal. the more cores you have the less the overall cpu usage in games.

Its always better to have a gpu bottleneck than a cpu bottleneck.
Do you see any kind of bottleneck based on my numbers?
Also I check while playing some games that half or more of my logical cores are idle and that causes ridiculous framerates.
Now I dont think I would get such low frames in this system (its not top end but still its quite okay for higher rates on 1440p)
 
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Unless you are getting high temperatures, or any other limit being reached, causing the CPU to slow down, I don't think there's anything wrong with your usage.
Also, the resolution you're playing at have an impact on how your CPU will behave.
If you try running a fast paced FPS, 1080p, all graphic settings to low, you may see your CPU max out while the GPU won't break a sweat.
If you run some game at 4K, all graphic settings on ultra, quite likely your GPU will max out while your CPU won't be maxed out, unless your CPU was a very weak CPU, which isn't the case.
 
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I wanted to know if getting around 40-50% cpu usage while gaming is normal?

At high resolutions it is usual to be bottlenecked by the GPU, causing lower GPU usage. However, you need to check further: 50% CPU usage could be caused by half your cores running at 100% and the other half running at 0%. You need to check. Your 2700X has 8 cores and games often do not make use of so many cores.
 
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