Dreamscene sucking all my CPU. Plz help.

Donger723

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Hey all, I recently made the jump to Ultimate x64 and love it. However, I recently installed the Windows Dreamscene and then followed it up with Stardock Deskscapes. This is when i realized something fishy with my video card/driver/config/??.

Everything is stock, no OC or anything. Brand new formatted HD and OS so theres nothing that seems abnormal - I infact have pretty much no progs installed yet. My specs as following:
Ultimate x64
3GB Ram
AMD 64 x2 +3500
Sapphire Raddeon x850 Pro
Performance score -- Graphics: 5.9 Gaming Graphics: 4.9 Processor: 4.1 Memory: 4.6 HD: 5.6

So given that, I figured i should be able to run most things fairly smoothly. Heres the problem, with a still background pic my cpu idles at 0%, with a Windows DreamScene video it idles at 40%, and with Stardock Video it idles pretty much at 90-100%! Ram stays at 30% for all. Now i understand those videos can be somewhat of a step up to a still picture, but buddies of mine with similar computers tell me they are idling around 15%. 90% seems to be a red flag that somethign isn't right. I've installed ATI's newest Catalyst drivers (7.10 I believe), ran through all the Windows updates, and made a half attempt to get codecs. Granted a wallpaper is fairly superficial, but I figure if theres something wrong in the video department, it's going to show its face when I attempt at games or photoshop rendering. Does anyone have any ideas? Please help
 

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Brink

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Donger723

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Hi, thanks for the reply. Yea I tried about 10 different ones and they do vary in cpu usage (+-10%), but it still in the alarming areas. It is just bizarre given my specs, I feel like theres some underlying problem. Thanks again for any advice.
 

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Brink

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mvp
Donger,

You might look in the Resource Monitor to see what is using the CPU. Open Task Manager, click Performance tab, and click Resource Monitor button. Just expand the CPU section at the right to see. Look under Average CPU to see the average cpu usage for the process.


ATI has the 7.11 version out now if you do not already have them.

AMD GAME! Drivers and Utilities

Shawn
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
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    512 GB M.2 SSD

AvatarOfTheShip

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I've got a Q6600 and 4GB RAM with a GF8500 and none of the Dreamscene/Stardock backgrounds hit any of my cores very hard. I guess it really does look like a driver thing because although everyone says the 8500 sucks (they started saying this after I'd got one, naturally) even my lowly card copes. ATI have always had a reputation for great silicon but crap drivers.
 

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C

cge

well, the problem here is that your gpu sucks you need to upgrade. depending
on the mobo, if you have a new mobo (in the last year) you sould go for 8600
or up or a 2600xt or up then you sould be fine. the reason is the gpu cand do
all the requirered things to run dreamscene so the cpu has to help. but with
a new gpu aka video card you sould be fine.
 

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