Described as a “first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat”, Satisfactory is an interesting title that was initially released back in 2019 as an early access game. With the developers being adamant about releasing the full game only when they feel it is complete, people have been reporting issues in the game that deteriorate their in-game experience. One such issue is that the game is not using the GPU or CPU of the system, or in some cases, both, to their fullest capacity.
Due to this, players are unable to get acceptable framerates in the game, which has hindered the overall experience of this rather beautiful game. With GPUs and CPUs as advanced as the Nvidia 3050 and the Intel (R) Core (TM) i7-9700K being affected by the problem, this issue has become a menace to gamers around the globe. Therefore, we will be discussing some quick fixes and workarounds to fix this problem.
Satisfactory not using GPU or low CPU usage issue: How to fix it?
Although there are no official fixes for the issue, this might be happening due to several applications running in the background or the game failing to use the dedicated GPU of the system. Well, consider trying out the following workarounds, as they might fix the issue for good.
Close background running applications:
Make sure no resource-hungry applications are running simultaneously when playing the game. You can do so via the Task Manager. Open the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, simply right-click on the background running applications that are unnecessary, and click on ‘End Task.’
Set high priority for Satisfactory through the Task Manager:
To do this, follow the given steps:
- Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
- Go to the Processes tab.
- Right-click on the Satisfactory game and select Set Priority. Now switch it to High.
Install the latest GPU drivers:
You can download the latest version of your GPU drivers from the official website of your GPU manufacturer (either Nvidia or AMD). You can also use Windows Update to check for outdated drivers. To do this, simply open the Windows start menu, go to Settings, select Windows Update, and finally click on Check for updates. After updating your GPU drivers, launch the game and check whether the issue persists.
Set Windows Power Option to High Performance:
Select the start menu and go to the Control Panel, and then select Power Options. If this option is not visible, click on ‘Choose a Power Plan.’ Enable the option to change Power Setting by clicking on the ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’ option. Choose the High-Performance mode, and you are good to go!
Check if your dedicated GPU is the preferred graphics processor:
To set your preferred GPU as the default one for certain games or applications, you need to go to the start icon and type ‘Graphics Settings.’ Select the same, then click on Desktop App. Now, choose the Satisfactory.exe file. If it is not on the list, then you need to browse the folder where the .exe file is located. Once selected, click on ‘Options’ and select the High-Performance mode. Do not forget to click Save! After this, launch the game and check whether it is utilizing the dedicated GPU of your system.
Disable Full Screen Optimization:
For this, head to the game’s installation directory and find its .exe file. Now, right-click on it and select Properties. Here, under the Compatibility tab, you will find the option “Disable Fullscreen Optimizations”. Make sure that this option is checked. Now, click on Apply, and then launch the game.
If you have installed mods in the game, consider removing them and then launching Satisfactory. Sometimes, mods can be the reason why the game is not using your system’s resources at full capacity, so removing them might fix the problem.
Restart your PC:
It seems obvious, doesn’t it? If nothing else on this list works, then you should restart your system. It can aid in reverting any changes made to the GPU settings and making it usable for the game.
By employing these fixes, you can run Satisfactory without any unnecessary FPS drops or low GPU/CPU usage issues. We hope this guide was able to provide you with all the information you needed. Do not forget to check out Android Gram for the latest updates in the gaming world.