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So pretty much, I play WoW windowed on a single monitor. It normally only uses 40-50% of each card. But lately its been using 99% of BOTH my GTX480s. This is bull****
I've been more demanding games take less than that.
is WoW not optimised properly or something.

What could the problem be?
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Edited by MountainDewMadOScar - 10/19/11 at 4:18am
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Isn't the FPS locked in WoW? So normally it shouldn't reach 99% GPU usage, how are the temps? And how can it be using both GPUs if it's windowed?...
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Isn't the FPS locked in WoW? So normally it shouldn't reach 99% GPU usage, how are the temps? And how can it be using both GPUs if it's windowed?...
Yeah it is locked. I have no idea why its doing it. I'm not running anything demanding in the background. Its only started happening recently. Normally the windowed game play only takes 40-50% of usage.
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What's your framerate?

There has to be something wrong, your 2nd GPU should not be used in Windowed mode, games in Windowed mode can't use SLI/CF.

Have you tried enabling vsync to limit it at 60fps?
    
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What's your framerate?

There has to be something wrong, your 2nd GPU should not be used in Windowed mode, games in Windowed mode can't use SLI/CF.

Have you tried enabling vsync to limit it at 60fps?
vsync is on. So locked at 60
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yeah if vsync is off and you are using all ultra settings it will use all your gpu to make the shadows and water effects. Ultra shadows in wow is extremely resource intensive.

whats settings?
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vsync is on. So locked at 60
That's weird, it should only be using one of your GPU's instead.

But if you're maxing it out, it is pretty normal as Ultra shadows require A LOT of GPU power in these game, they're not really optimized.

I'd just disable SLI for WoW, restart, and give it another try with just 1 card, you are probably going to use almost all the power of a single GTX480, but way quieter than both cards being used.
    
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FPS is only locked if you enable vsinc. Most games with "locked" fps are simply limited by refresh rate if vsinc is required to get rid of that pesky tearing. When you run anything in windowed mode, you're cpu is driving resources to everything on your desktop (including services). That's why it's generally advised to run a program in full screen if possible, as it requires less resources, and is less demanding (even on ur gpus).

Still getting pegged at 99% like that certainly seems a bit off. Try checking ur services and make sure you don't have anything out of the ordinary running. Also, are you watching a movie on that right monitor? Do you usually do that while playing WoW? In wow, what is your fps during play with vsinc disabled? What is it while you are playing in fullscreen mode?

One more thought. DirectX can have a pretty strong impact on gameplay performance in WoW. WoW is a CPU intensive game, however if DX isn't set properly, it's going to drive WAY more stress to your GPUs. Double check your WoW advanced settings and make sure you have DX11 set, instead of DX9.
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FPS is only locked if you enable vsinc. Most games with "locked" fps are simply limited by refresh rate if vsinc is required to get rid of that pesky tearing. When you run anything in windowed mode, you're cpu is driving resources to everything on your desktop (including services). That's why it's generally advised to run a program in full screen if possible, as it requires less resources, and is less demanding (even on ur gpus).

Still getting pegged at 99% like that certainly seems a bit off. Try checking ur services and make sure you don't have anything out of the ordinary running. Also, are you watching a movie on that right monitor? Do you usually do that while playing WoW? In wow, what is your fps during play with vsinc disabled? What is it while you are playing in fullscreen mode?

One more thought. DirectX can have a pretty strong impact on gameplay performance in WoW. WoW is a CPU intensive game, however if DX isn't set properly, it's going to drive WAY more stress to your GPUs. Double check your WoW advanced settings and make sure you have DX11 set, instead of DX9.
I'm always watching something on the right monitor. Nothing is in the background. DX11 is on.

ALSO: +rep to anyone can guess the movie.
Edited by MountainDewMadOScar - 10/19/11 at 4:37am
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I turned multisampling down to X1 went back to 40-50%

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