^who use hardware sound processing these days?
realtek is taking over the sound business, guys.
either way, for the best advice on bottlenecking you should consult brettjv. he's the master of bottlenecks
and no, while gaming your GPU is suppose to be as close to 99% as possible. my GPUs are 95-99%, mostly 98-99% when I play crysis, crysis 2, or run the unigine heaven benchmark.
my cpu rarely get use over 50% unless it's cpu intensive games such as FSX only THEN i see like 90% max. your cpu graph does not have to be completely maxed out. sometime just one graph or one core maxed out and you already have a bottleneck. most games are not quad-core ready yet.
this advice is taken from brettjv
try making your task manager show only one graph for the cpu (not 4 for each core, but total cpu usage). go to view, cpu history, select one graph, all cpus.
if the % is constantly pegging at 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100%, you know you have a bottleneck.
25% > single core bottleneck
50% > dual core bottleneck
and so on.
btw next time post in the cpu section.Edited by james8 - 6/11/11 at 2:47pm