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Video card GPU usage higher in menus!?

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This is odd. I'm consistently seeing ~30% GPU usage when playing the game, but ~80% when I'm in the main menu or the scenario editor. I cannot imagine why this would be the case, but perhaps it's something that can be looked into.

Vista 64

GTS 250 1GB w/ 275.33

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What are you using to measure 'GPU usage' ? I don't know if there is some sort of 2D routine that could be 'very slow'. However 2D really won't utilize all of the GPU's circuitry since a vast majority of it is for 3D operations (though Windows Vista and Windows 7 tap into that a bit with the Aero interface).

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I'm using EVGA Precision v2.03 (it's an EVGA card).

The tip-off was that the card's fan will ramp up to full blast after a few seconds in the menus, but rarely during game play.

And, FYI, the Aero interface is drawing 0-1% of the GPU according to the same software.

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