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GPU Usage Spike

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So, I fee like I just noticed this yesterday. I always have monitoring software in use so I feel like I'd have seen this before. When I mouse over my Steam window while it's open my GPU usage will spike from 15 or 20% all the way to 85% just while I'm in steam and moving my cursor around. The same thing happens with origin, no games running or anything. I updated my drivers yesterday after noticing this and it didn't help.

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CPU: Ryzen 7 2700x

GPU: GTX 1070

RAM: 16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4

Windows 10 Pro


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8 minutes ago, mbryant said:

GPU usage will spike from 15 or 20% all the way to 85% just while I'm in steam and moving my cursor around.

So what's the concern? What's your question?


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, r2724r16 said:

So what's the concern? What's your question?

My question is, why? Steam isn't' doing anything other than being open. Why does it spike to near full GPU usage when I move my mouse around? That doesn't seem normal


System: i7 4790K, Hyper 212 EVO, 16 GB Crucial Ballistix, GTX 1070 Super clocked, MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition, Corsair RM 750, Corsair 750D (with 2 additional 140mm NZXT fans up top for exhaust.) 

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Spiking to 100% for a single frame isn't unusual-- the basic Windows animations seem to like to do that. I'd be worried if it stayed there for multiple seconds, but what you're seeing is probably normal.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, Grabhanem said:

Spiking to 100% for a single frame isn't unusual-- the basic Windows animations seem to like to do that. I'd be worried if it stayed there for multiple seconds, but what you're seeing is probably normal.

Seems new but I suppose you're right. I was also mildly concerned because in BF4 I usually hover at around 80 - 85% usage but today it was 99%. Same settings and all that but I was still able to push 90+ fps. No performance dips as far as I noticed.


System: i7 4790K, Hyper 212 EVO, 16 GB Crucial Ballistix, GTX 1070 Super clocked, MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition, Corsair RM 750, Corsair 750D (with 2 additional 140mm NZXT fans up top for exhaust.) 

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