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asus gtx 970 max core clock and mhz when ideling

my asus gtx 970 recently started to be in max clock and memory when idle.

the temps are around 60-70C and when the fan is at a100% its on the high 50s.

the power is on adaptive and shadowplay in off, also scanned for maleware and its clean.

pc specs:


gtx 970

12gb ram


windows 10

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update: just noticed that after sometime it returnes to normal core clock and memory and the temps are around 40C.

and when i enter a game the gpu useage is 100% and i get around 20 fps

also my useage is all voer the place its 5 and than 100 and then 5 again .

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Have you tried clean installing graphics drivers? Sometimes it can be something as simple as that.

Also check in Nvidia Control Panel in the 3D Global Application settings that the preferred performance mode is adaptive / balanced and not maximum performance.

Also check the Control panel > Power Options make sure that the power plan is set to Balanced and not High Performance.

Also are you running multiple monitors by any chance?

Your GPU usage is 100%, you should be able to find what is causing it via the task manager processes list. Look for something with GPU Engine - listed on it.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

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tried clean driver installation, its on adaptive and its set to balance.

i cant find the gpu engine on the task manager and running only 1 monitor


Should be able to see it here.

This is for Windows 10 on the 1803 windows build version:


Check your windows version by pressing the start button and typing in winver then hit enter that will show you your windows version like here:


Probably your windows may not be up to date but should not be causing the issue from just that.

I have a feeling you have a GPU miner virus running in the background hogging all your GPU.


i have widnows version 1703(os build 15063.1155) when i checked windows update it said my windows is up tp date/

i ran a scan with avg and it was clean.


i updated to 1803 and the gpu useage is bouncing between 1% and 40 % and the procces that causing it is client server runtime process, i cant end it because itll close windows.



Check out these 2 links as they may be of some help.



Apologies if you've seen them already.


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