Originally Posted by Slackaveli
Util means fully utilized. it's what you want.
Originally Posted by Tikerz
Yeah, it's nothing to worry about
After reading through all the pages after this, it looks like nobody addressed it, so i'll take a shot.
'Util' means the card is automatically downclocking itself to save power because it has nothing to do
- the most common cause is a heavy CPU/driver bottleneck, so the GPU simply isn't being fed data fast enough to justify keeping it at the maximum clock rate.
It can also happen if you've enabled a framerate cap in Afterburner, or have Vsync/GSync forced and the card is hitting the framerate cap that way.
Basically, if you see 'Util' then you have a bottleneck somewhere (artificial or otherwise) that isn't the GPU.
This is why you see 'Util' as the PerfCap reason at idle when you're just looking at the windows desktop. The very simple task of drawing the desktop at your monitor's refresh rate is so easy that the card can do it at the lowest P-state (~200mhz on most cards) so there's no reason to burn power by keeping the highest clock/voltage state active.