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Journeyman III

Vega 64 low GPU usage in The Witcher 3

So I just got a Vega 64 Reference Card

With everything on Ultra besides hairworks my GPU usage hovers around 50 to 70% usage resulting in drops to 50 fps or so.

I undervolted the card and set p6 to 1000mv and p7 to 1050mv and both clocks are at stock.

Runs stable in games like Overwatch and Madden 19 and utilizes the GPU at it's full potential getting great fps

However Witcher 3 is the issue. Doesn't matter if I'm in town or out in the open fields It refuses to utilize the full GPU and the performance sucks. My R9 390 was better than this...

PC specs are
Vega 64 Drivers are 18.12.2 (was on 18.12.1 but updated due to this issue)


16GB of Ram

750w PSU

2TB Hard Drive that Witcher 3 is installed on

I am playing at 1080p the temps are fine...the cpu usage is about 40%

I've rolled back the driver a couple months to 18.11.1 and it still has the same issue.

Any suggestions?

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So I just set my Vega 64 to Balanced, loaded the game (which I haven't played in a while), and set it to 1920x1080 with everything on ultra (even Hairworks).  I saw the frame rate drop to the mid 80's while fighting a bunch of Renegades, but otherwise couldn't really get it below 90 while just running around.  At my native resolution of 2560x1600, I never saw it drop below 60fps.  In other words, I couldn't replicate your problem at all.

Low GPU usage is typically diagnostic of a CPU bottleneck.  Simply taking note of overall CPU usage isn't useful.

Windows is a bit funny in how it reports CPU usage with multiple cores.  In Linux, a process with 100% usage is running as fast as a single logical processor can.  If it's using two fully loaded threads, it would show 200% usage.  All the way up to the max, which would be 800% with your processor (8 logical processors).  In Windows, however, the usage figure is always 100% or less.  If a process is going as fast as it can on a single work thread, the percentage shown is 100 divided by the number of logical processors.  In your case, that means a process showing 12.5% usage in Task Manager is actually maxed out on a single core.  If it maxes out two threads, it will show 25% usage.  And so on.

That's why I'd recommend downloading Process Explorer from  It's technically third-party, but written by a Microsoft employee.

Star Process Explorer, then launch Witcher 3.  Set it to Borderless Window mode in graphics.  Switch back to Process Explorer, find the witcher3.exe process in the list, then right click on it and select Properties.  In the Properties window, select the Threads tab, then click on the CPU column header until it's sorted in descending order.

The game should be running in the background while you're looking at the Process Explorer window.  What you want to look for is the top thread in the list being reported as using around 11.5% or more of the CPU.  If that's the case, then you're likely dealing with a CPU bottleneck.

If that's what you find, and you're not already doing so, you can overclock that CPU to get probably 10-20% more performance out of it, so long as you're using a decent CPU cooler.


have you tried 18.12.3 yet?

Journeyman III

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I have almost the same issue with you but in a different game. My vega 64 just don't run at full speed. I test on my rtx 2060 before with double the framerate. Do you know how to solve it?