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I'm trying to troubleshoot my friend's lag on his desktop for Bf4. He has a 560ti and a q9400@ 3 ghz. Should be more than fast enough. He gets decent fps with not action, but then constant drops because his cpu hovers around 85%+. Any way to lower the cpu usage? I should also note even though the cpu isn't at 100% usage the GPU is only ranging between 30%-40% usage.

I know it shouldn't be this high because I use to have a q8400 @3.6ghz and my current laptop with an i7-2670QM which only goes up to 2.8ghz was slower than my desktop cpu. My laptop also gets a higher frame rate because it's only using ~30% cpu usage with no action and <80% with a lot of action. I also have a 570m which is around half the speed of a 560ti desktop.

Any options to fix this minus a format?


Already did:
A config file
Unparked cpu cores
Changed cpu priority
Edited by Mechrock - 3/9/14 at 12:14pm
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Originally Posted by Mechrock View Post

I'm trying to troubleshoot my friend's lag on his desktop for Bf4. He has a 560ti and a q9400@ 3 ghz. Should be more than fast enough. He gets decent fps with not action, but then constant drops because his cpu hovers around 85%+. Any way to lower the cpu usage? I should also note even though the cpu isn't at 100% usage the GPU is only ranging between 30%-40% usage.

I know it shouldn't be this high because I use to have a q8400 @3.6ghz and my current laptop with an i7-2670QM which only goes up to 2.8ghz was slower than my desktop cpu. My laptop also gets a higher frame rate because it's only using ~30% cpu usage with no action and <80% with a lot of action. I also have a 570m which is around half the speed of a 560ti desktop.

Any options to fix this minus a format?


Already did:
A config file
Unparked cpu cores
Changed cpu priority

It sounds about right. BF4 MP with 64 players is absolutely brutal on the CPU, even overclocked i5s can see 90% cpu usage.I saw 90-100% on my 9450@3.2. You really can't do much about this. Your laptop has a sandy i7 with 8 threads, that's why it won't go above 80%.
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What all is he running concurrently with bf4 and how much ram does he have? My frames have been pretty consistent with a Q9450 at 3.32
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What all is he running concurrently with bf4 and how much ram does he have? My frames have been pretty consistent with a Q9450 at 3.32

Just your standard background stuff. Windows defender for AV. MSI afterburner. Logitech Mouse and headset software, etc...
8gb 1066 ddr2 ram. Should had also stated that the drops got from having a nice 60fps to 40s and some time when he's right next to an explosion then below 30fps. The frame rate is pretty inconsistent. The cpu isn't pegging often at 100% cpu, but times I have it's only be in the 40s vs sometimes in the 30s or 20s with <100% usage. Not sure what to do still... I wouldn't think my laptop cpu is that much better.
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Just your standard background stuff. Windows defender for AV. MSI afterburner. Logitech Mouse and headset software, etc...
8gb 1066 ddr2 ram. Should had also stated that the drops got from having a nice 60fps to 40s and some time when he's right next to an explosion then below 30fps. The frame rate is pretty inconsistent. The cpu isn't pegging often at 100% cpu, but times I have it's only be in the 40s vs sometimes in the 30s or 20s with <100% usage. Not sure what to do still... I wouldn't think my laptop cpu is that much better.

On 64 player maps he will have a guaranteed 90%+ usage. I can't think of a single instance a quad, let alone that old,will have sub 30% cpu usage in BF4, even the campaign will see higher %.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1433904/comparison-of-windows-7-vs-windows-8-8-1-ht-enabled-vs-disabled-on-battlefield-4
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I get frame drops in crazy action in BF3 multiplayer and I am running a 3570k @ 4.7ghz, 2133mhz RAM and a massively over clocked R9 290. It's pretty normal, and BF4 probably uses even more CPU power.
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