Battlefield V only uses 80% of the cpu and does not reach max turbo frequency

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  1. tirafesi

    tirafesi Newbie

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    I recently got an MSI GE63 8SG, with an i7-8750H cpu and RTX 2080 gpu.

    The problem I'm having is when playing Battlefield V:
    • In the main menu, the cpu boosts to 3.9 GHz - the max turbo frequency - as expected.
    • But during gameplay, the cpu sits on constant 3.0 GHz and 80% usage, never going past these values.
    The GPU is nowhere near 100% usage either, so it's not like the cpu is being bottlenecked by it.

    I already undervolted the cpu and have good temperatures while playing the game - 70~75ºC normally, and 60~65ºC if using cooler boost.

    I've been monitoring the hardware using HWiNFO and the cpu is not being throttled due to temperature / power / etc.

    I've also stress tested the cpu when undervolting and it behaved well, performing at max turbo frequency (3.9 GHz) while never going above 80º C.

    How can I make the game boost the cpu to its max turbo frequency and use its full potential? This laptop should be able to get much higher fps than what I'm currently getting, which is barely 60 and not at all constant.
     
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    yrekabakery Notebook Virtuoso

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    What is your RAM?
     
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    Use GPUz to see if the GPU is power throttling. That is my next guess.

    I have a Cyberpower Tracer III laptop in my posession whose GPU power throttles unless I set it to it's performance mode within Cyberpower's gaming center application, which is essentially their version of a control center. Does MSI have something like that? If so I'd take a look at your settings.

    Also, Battlefield 5 gets significantly better framerates with RAM in dual channel mode. If you only have one stick, consider equipping your laptop with another.
     
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    tirafesi Newbie

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    I have 16Gb of RAM. The GPU is not throttling.

    I don't think this is a RAM problem - when I tried the stress tests the cpu performed perfectly.

    It doesn't matter if I'm playing on low or ultra settings in the game, I always have the same fps and cpu usage. The cpu is always at 80% and nowhere near its maximum clock speed.
     
  5. tirafesi

    tirafesi Newbie

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    In fact, while MSI Afterburner tells me the cpu is at 2.9~3.0Ghz, HWiNFO's Average Effective Clock displays 2.3~2.5 GHz, which is even crazier when I should be actually reaching ~3.9 GHz
     
  6. tirafesi

    tirafesi Newbie

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    Look at this benchmark of my exact laptop playing the game on Ultra settings:

    That person's cpu (again, exactly the same laptop as me) is boosting at 3.9 GHz as expected, but mine does not.
     
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    yrekabakery Notebook Virtuoso

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    Is the RAM single or dual channel?
     
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    If you are not sure, CPU-Z will tell you.
    Single-channel is going to suck in more things that BF5. There's really no excuse for running any computer in single-channel mode, but there are a lot of turdbooks that are being sold that way.
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  9. tirafesi

    tirafesi Newbie

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    It's single channel 16 Gb. Although I agree that dual channel is better, is it really that likely that the reason 20% of the cpu is not being used is because of single channel RAM? The cpu does boost properly to max turbo frequency during stress tests and during the game menus - just during actual gameplay it sits at 3.0 GHz (2.5 according to hwinfo), independently from low or ultra graphics.
     
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    Single vs. dual channel makes a massive difference in Battlefield V.

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