How to Reduce CPU Usage While Gaming?

Did you ever experience that annoying lag while playing games? What most people don’t know is that this lag is often caused by the CPU. The main reason for this problem is that most users play their games on laptops or PCs with integrated graphic cards not designed to handle intense gaming. This article will show How to Reduce CPU Usage While Gaming or while increasing your FPS in almost any kind of game. You guys should definitely give it a shot because it’s really easy! 🙂

1) Determining your current FPS and CPU usage percentage:

Before actually doing anything, we want to determine our current performance so we have a reference point later on. Launch either the ‘Task Manager’ or ‘Resource Monitor’ depending on what OS you have. On Windows 7, the easiest way to do this is by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. You can also search for it in the Start Menu or just directly open it via ‘Run’ (Windows key + R). Under ‘Performance’, select your corresponding graphics card and monitor your CPU usage percentage on the bottom right side of your screen. If you have multiple cores, consider 0% being 100% of one core.

2) Make sure you are running only ONE game:

Once done make sure that ONLY the game you want to play is running. Even having other programs like Google Chrome open will decrease performance since they use up part of your PC’s power! This doesn’t include programs like Fraps or MSI Afterburner which might reduce the performance but are not running in the background.

3) Close all other programs:

Once done, it is recommended to close any unneeded programs to dedicate as much power as possible to your game(s). Common things that should be closed include: Antivirus and Firewall (If you run either), Background applications like Google Chrome and Steam, Fraps / MSI Afterburner if they’re still open and lastly TeamSpeak / Skype unless you really need them for communication with your team/friends. While this doesn’t help you gain FPS directly, closing these applications ensures that your PC focuses on your game(s).

4) Download Rivatuner Statistics Server (RTSS):

This program will actually require a bit of research on your part. RTSS will probably offer the most benefits if you know how to use it properly. Downloading and installing the program is fairly straightforward however, since there are no options that you need to change during installation. To start it, simply launch it after installation completes. Under ‘OSD’, select ‘Profiles’ and create a profile specifically for games by clicking on the arrow next to ‘Scenario’. If this menu does not appear right away at first try restarting the program or checking under ‘Options’ whether or not ‘Display OSD On Program Start’ is enabled (It should be by default).

5) Enable MSI Afterburner / Rivatuner Statistics Server:

After creating your game specific profile under ‘OSD’, you can now open up your game and test how it works. This is done by enabling MSI Afterburner / Rivatuner Statistics Server (RTSS) through either the third-party software or system tools which can be found under ‘Monitoring’. Don’t forget to enable the corresponding profile as well so that no FPS will be displayed if RTSS is disabled!

6) Tweaking various settings for Maximum Performance:

Some people might have noticed in the Task Manager or Resource Monitor that there are applications/services running in the background even though they aren’t being utilized. These programs include Auto-Tuning, AMD Wireless Display and AMD Overdrive among others. It’s best to go ahead and disable these applications since they aren’t helping your performance and instead they’re just wasting resources.

While this step should be done before enabling the OSD since all of these should already be closed, it can also be performed later on as well. RTSS allows you to easily change your core clocks, fan speed etc. by simply dragging a bar or typing in values manually into the corresponding box for each option. This is best used if you know what you’re doing since overclocking too much might damage your hardware. It is recommended that you only overclock if you have good cooling(Fluid or Circulating fans).

7) Profiling with Rivatuner Statistics Server:

The final step involves actually profiling the game specifically after performing steps 1-6 above. It’s best to run a benchmark test in the game you want to play and then switch back to RTSS. Under ‘OSD’ click on the Profile button for your specific game and select ‘Current’. Keep in mind that some games will not be assigned a specific profile if it cannot detect an actual graphics card in use. In this case, simply create a new profile by clicking on ‘Add’ and change the DirectX version from its default setting of DX9 to your desired DX version. For most modern games you should choose DX11 however there are still few older games which only work with DX9 so make sure before choosing either one .

After picking your game’s corresponding profile, everything is set up already – Now under OSD, click on ‘Start’ and check out your newly created graph.

8) Enabling RTSS whenever necessary:

If you don’t want to enable RTSS for every single game launch, simply click on the dropdown arrow next to your chosen profile and select ‘Go To Managed Users’. This option will automatically set any new launched games as a managed application under RTSS Monitor Manager which means that RTSS will only display data from those applications.

9) Optional:

Create a shortcut or script to automatically launch RTSS for all games: It’s possible to create a shortcut that will automatically launch RTSS and start displaying your performance data as soon as you boot up your computer. This is done by creating a .bat file which uses the following command line:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI Afterburner\RivaTunerStatisticsServer.exe” /startmin /games “C:\Program Files (x86)\My Games\GameName Here”

The full path of MSIAfterburner must be replaced by whatever directory/folder it is located in on your own system where you installed it, the same goes for the game folder of course.

10) The end:

Congratulations, you now know how to reduce CPU usage while gaming! Please note that I am not responsible for any damage caused through overclocking or BIOS modifications. Tweak at your own risk. Happy gaming!

Our Verdict

It is very easy to reduce the CPU usage while Gaming on Windows 7 /8 by just downloading RTSS. It will also be beneficial for gaming if you are using a third-party tool known as MSI Afterburner which can be used to overclock your GPU. If you have any further queries feel free to ask us in the comments section below! Cheers!

Nazim Naqvi
Nazim Naqvi founded InnoTech Reviews in 2021 with the goal of providing objective reviews and comparisons on various technology products. He is an engineer by profession and has a deep interest in tech gadgets such as laptops, smartphones, tablets etc. Nazim also likes to keep up to date with the latest innovations happening in the world of technology.