The topic of the blog post is how to reduce CPU usage while gaming. The intention is to help people who are wondering how to maximize their gameplay and have better graphics without compromising on speed, so they can get the most out of their PC. There are some steps that you can take to achieve this goal, which will be discussed in detail throughout the rest of this post.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to reduce CPU usage when gaming, then this is the perfect article for you. I will be showing you how to use an application called ThrottleStop which can help in reducing your CPU’s power consumption and performance so that it doesn’t affect your gameplay. This program has been used by gamers around the world who want their computer to perform at its best while they are gaming without compromising on any other processes that may be running in the background.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to reduce CPU usage when gaming, then this is the perfect article for you. I will be showing you how to use an application called Throttle Stop which can help in reducing your CPU’s power consumption and performance so that it doesn’t affect your game play. This program has been used by gamers around the world who want their computer to perform at its best while they are gaming without compromising on any other processes that may be running in the background.
With ThrottleStop, you can set a limit for how fast or slow your CPU runs under certain conditions/states. For example: if you only want to use 50% of your CPUs resources when playing a specific game, then simply go into the “Gaming” tab and select the appropriate percentage (50% in this example). You can change these percentages according to what you feel is best for your system.
Step-By-Step Instructions To Reduce CPU Usage While Gaming
Assuming that you have Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8, I will assume that you are using the default power options for your PC. If you are not sure what these are then do a quick google search to find out where this is located on your operating system. The main rule here is never to change this setting while gaming or if ThrottleStop isn’t running in the background unless you know exactly what you’re doing since it can cause some problems otherwise.
- Step 1 – Download ThrottleStop from the link provided below and install it on your computer: C:\Program Files (x86)\HWiNFO32\Tools\HWiNFO64 Tools>Winvnc4a>.exe
- Step 2 – Run ThrottleStop and click the “Gaming” tab since you will be using this feature.
- Step 3 – Change any of these settings if you feel it is necessary. You can also choose other options from here instead, such as power-saving mode which helps reduce CPU usage while gaming by turning off some unnecessary hardware components that are not being used for whatever you’re doing at that time.
- Step 4 – Go to the main menu and select “Configure/Preferences”. You may need to restart ThrottleStop or even your computer after making any changes here in order for them to take effect.
Once you’ve installed ThrottleStop, I recommend going to the “Config/Preferences” tab immediately and making changes here. This is where you can change anything related to ThrottleStop and its functionality.
Process Settings: Under this tab, you will find a large list of processes that are currently running on your computer at that time. You can uncheck any of these items if you wish to reduce CPU usage when gaming or just want to save some system resources for other programs/applications that need it more than your game does. For example, if I only wanted to use 50% of my CPU when playing Skyrim, then I would select Skyrim from the list, click “Configure” and change the percentage to 50%. In this situation, Skyrim would have a cap of 50% meaning it cannot use more than 50% of your CPU’s power. However, other running programs/applications will still be limited as usual unless you specifically tell them otherwise. This is a great way to speed up any computer while gaming if it has a low-powered CPU or just one that doesn’t perform well under stress.
Command Line Settings: You can control ThrottleStop by using commands from here which can be useful in certain situations where ThrottleStop does not work as expected. It is also useful if you want to create an automated script for ThrottleStop to run with other applications or in conjunction with other programs. You can also add your own commands when creating a custom profile which is detailed when we get to the Creating A Custom ThrottleStop Profile section of my guide.
CPU Power Management: Under this tab, you will find 2 drop-down menus where you can set what percentage of power each core on your CPU receives and the minimum/maximum processor state that Windows can utilize. This menu is very useful if you often play games that need more than 50% of your CPUs resources and cannot be limited by using the “Process Settings’ ‘ list mentioned earlier. For example, let’s say I wanted my game (Skyrim) to only use 75% of my CPU’s resources so I could do something else at the same time (like a chat on Teamspeak or watch a YouTube video). If I wasn’t using ThrottleStop’s CPU Power Management feature, then the only way to achieve this would be by limiting Skyrim. However, by using ThrottleStop, I can set the minimum processor state (which is the amount of power that Windows is allowed to use) of my computer to 75% and change it back after Skyrim has closed down.
Advanced Settings: This tab contains additional settings which are more technical in nature so most people will not need to mess with them unless they want to create their own custom profile for ThrottleStop. You can also modify settings located under “Basic Settings” here as well which you learn about next after you follow this section of my Guide.