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Low CPU/GPU utilization - performing way below benchmarks

My computer has been experiencing some screen blacking out , consistent lag in nearly every game and bad performance overall. A couple of months ago I could play the exact same games with 50% better performance.

I noticed my GPU/CPU/RAM and everything aren't running at full utilization - rather a game like League will get 55FPS at 40% GPU/cpu utilization. I also started using a new g502 gaming mouse which I feel like i'm lagging more since that, but i'm not sure. Anyone heard of new periphreals causing lag?


GPU drivers are up to date. The only thing I can think of is faulty driver system, a bad virus that malwarebytes can't find, or a failing component somewhere, OS problem. The PSU (550W)is around 5 years old, but I don't have any way to see stats on it


UserBenchmarks: Game 79%, Desk 67%, Work 43%

  Model Bench
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 72.3%
GPU Nvidia GTX 1070 86%
SSD SanDisk Ultra II 480GB 56.9%
HDD Seagate Desktop SSHD 1TB 92.3%
RAM G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB 89.6%
MBD Gigabyte Z170X-GAMING 3  

Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)

Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)

Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)


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Try a different wall outlet. Like on the other side of the house/building. It's possible you're getting dirty wall power... Kinda strange that both the CPU and GPU are under utilized. Also, uninstall your GPU drivers using DDU, then reinstall.


Just now, quakeguy81 said:

I've got a similar setup to yours.  I can comfortably game at 1080p 60 FPS at very high or ultra settings on most games, but I've never heard of performance actually degrading on the same hardware.  Screen blacking out and game lag could either be a bad GPU or PSU.  I've even heard of PSU causing damage to hardware if it is bad.

A 1070 should do more than 60fps at 1080p.


Side note - what are the last three lines referring to?

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