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CPU monitor not matching the Windows Performance Meter

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asked Mar 8, 2017 in Studio One 3 by AlexTinsley (824,250 points)
My studio one v3.2.1 is spiking the performance meter between 60-80% while windows is showing only 30-40% of cpu usage and 14% ram usage.

This is what I have done when I put my computer together. I optimized windows 7 for audio, un-parked all my cpu cores and disabled unnecessary programs to startup . My system contains an i7 920 processor, 24 gb of ram, ssd drive as system disk, ssd drive for ongoing songs and audio files and a hdd for plugins. So I have everything spread out on different drives to gain as much disk speed as possible. I'm using 2 firestudio projects and 1 firestudio daisy chained and set to 48/2048 while mixing.

Things that I find wierd is that when I open my task manager it seems as core 1 is stable at around 65% usage, core 2-5 at around 25%, core 6 is jumping between 40-90% abd core7-8 again at 25%.

I have really no idea whats going an as the overall cpu usage is around 30-40 in windows but 60-80% in studio one.

Please help me find the problem here.

3 Answers

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answered Mar 8, 2017 by AlexTinsley (824,250 points)
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A good program never consumes 100% of your CPU as the system has other tasks. For the CPU time we take, the meter we use is proportional to the actual total system usage. All DAWs work this way, not just Studio One. If Studio One was consuming 80% of his actual CPU, the computer would probably grind to a halt. Bottom line, the application 100% max will always be somewhat lower than total system CPU to ensure that it does not destabilize the entire system.

It's kind of like the 80% rule on your electrical panel. You never use more than 80% of the total system load, to allow for over current protection. (Google it for more references).
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answered Jun 18, 2017 by C.LYDE (820 points)
I totally agree with this observation. I'm running Win8.1 - plenty of RAM and CPU power. The strange part is that there is absolutely no correlation between the WPM and Studio One CPU monitor.
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answered Jan 24, 2018 by donalddando (220 points)
It makes no sense to have a program that maxes out in it's own resource monitoring but my systems resource management shows that CPU usage is 21%. Simply put, there is something that needs to be updated to allow greater utilization of system resources. This has everything to do with the coding of the program.