How Much CPU Usage is Normal?

Do you have a PC where you run Windows 10 or a computer for gaming? Then you must be familiar with the CPU usage problem in your computer. Do you know how much CPU usage is normal and how you can lower the CPU usage?

You can figure the CPU usage score from your computer’s function; you don’t require any app to do it. If you want to learn about the CPU usage of computers, then you would be glad to know that you have discovered the right place.

Here in this article, we will discuss CPU usage on Windows 10 and gaming PC like Mac.

Which rate of CPU usage is normal?

To find out how fast your CPU usage is, you need to go to the PassMark CPU benchmark first, then search in the list. You need to enter the model number after pressing CTRL + F, and you will find a number in the PassMark; this is the number that you need to look for. Here we will discuss Windows 10 and Gaming PC:

How Much CPU Usage is Normal
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What is the normal score of CPU usage in Windows 10?

For CPU, SSD, and GPU in Windows 10, the normal score of CPU usage should be around 2% to 4%. It is ideal usage for Windows 10 when no tasks are running and you are not doing anything with the CPU as well. To keep the CPU usage in control, it would be better if you choose an SSD over HDD for Windows 10. SSD runs better than HDD while using the PC or gaming in Windows 10.

The normal CPU usage for the various task in Windows 10:

  • Around 2% to 4% is normal usage at Idle.
  • While you are browsing, the CPU usage should be around 5% to 15%.
  • While playing less demanding games, around 10% to 30%.
  • While playing more demanding games, around 30% to 70%.
  • While watching YouTube, around 5% to 15%
  • While watching video player around 5% to 15%
  • While working in Photoshop, around 5% to 50%
  • Video encoding up to 100%.
  • 3D modeling up to 100%
  • While booting Windows 10, the CPU usage becomes very high then comes to below 5%.

If you ever notice the CPU usage is over 50% without doing anything, an app must be running in the background, or else, the Window 10 is running post-checking updates or the windows is updating. 

What is the normal score of CPU usage in a gaming PC? 

The Mac is a better gaming PC than other gaming computers, so here we will focus on Mac gaming PC. When you play less demanding games, for example – FTL (Faster Than Light), the CPU usage on your Mac should be around 10% to 30%. It is a normal CPU rate for users of Ryzen % CPU or any decent GPU.

Anywhere between 30% to 70% with occasional spikes is CPU usage for AAA titles, for example, Metro: Exodus. But it also depends on your hardware, game, and graphics system. The CPU usage will be the highest when you play games like RPGs and RTS. 

You can compare your CPU usage score with the scores as PassMark scores of other players; it will help you to determine how good your PC is. Even if your CPU says that it is four core, don’t believe it if it is a slower version. Another way of telling whether your CPU is four core or not is if the game doesn’t use all cores.

There are a few games that are more CPU demanding depending on the engine that is used for making the game. If you found your CPU usage high, the reason behind it can be the particular game you were playing is more intensive for CPU than GPU. 

Why is your system using too much CPU?

It’s normal for both PC and Mac to get high CPU spikes sometimes. The easiest way of checking the CPU usage and which software is using too much CPU is using an app that presents everything about your computer’s CPU usage. If you wonder which app to use, then Task Manager and Process Hacker 2 are two good apps to use. 

You can see everything about your CPU process, including sub-processes that your computer system is running in the Process Hacker 2. It will show you not only the CPU usage score but also the storage, ram usage, and so on.

While Task Manager is an app where you can’t see any information from a few hidden processes, and it also can work better like the Process Hacker, but it is worth trying it.

Here are few main reasons why your system is using too much CPU:

  • If any kind of app is running in the background. 
  • If any antivirus is performing a scan or taking updates.
  • Windows 10 is running a post-checking or taking updates.
  • When you have opened too many pages on browsers that contain ads will increase the CPU usage. 
  • Your system may have viruses or malware.
  • You have run out from the RAM storage; thus, the CPU is struggling.
  • The HDD you are using is too slow and old version.
  • Irregular CPU cooling system when your CPU will run over 80°C.

How to Lower CPU Usage?

Which process is used for the CPU is a factor to lower the CPU usage for Windows 10. Here are basic things that can help to lower the CPU usage:

  • First, open any hacker app of process. 
  • Now go to the process option and check the usage rate of the CPU. 
  • Press the CPU column to find the processes.
  • Hover over the process using too much CPU.
  • Once you discover the location, you will know what to do with it next. If you are fully sure, then right-click on the mouse and terminate the process. Note it down; if it’s for the Windows process, don’t do it.

You can do a little thing to reduce the CPU usage; when you watch YouTube, use an extension of h264ify, it will turn the stream in H.245 instead of VP8/VP9. 

How to Lower CPU Usage in Games?

There is no official answer on how you can lower the CPU usage in games. But there are few certain factors that may help you to reduce CPU usage. Such as:

Check whether your CPU bottlenecking the GPU

If the graphic you are using is much faster than the CPU can bear, your CPU is working too much. So using fewer graphical games will help you to keep the CPU usage lower in games. 

Disable the graphics option of the game that is using too much CPU

There are very few games that were created with features that require more CPU than GPU. When playing games like RPG, where the view distance is high, try to make it lower. Another thing that relies on CPU is the number of NPCs

Check whether the game is intensive for your CPU

It is a more demanding game for the CPU if you figure that the game is CPU intensive. Playing less demanding games is a better option for your CPU usage.