February - last edited March
Please read this Reddit thread as it pertains to the issue and is FULL of HUNDREDS of users that are having similar issues with a a variety of hardware combos.
This game uses 100% of the CPU in menus, load screens and game play. It is clearly poorly optimized and its going to break our hardware. I have all of your settings set to LOW and all extra graphics settings are set to OFF. Demo or not this looks bad. I should be able to run this game on Ultra and clear 60 frames but its going to melt down my cpu running all the cores at 80 and 90 degrees for any length of time. I hope that Anthem Devs are working to patch this issue as it is currently unsafe to play in this state.
Update: Things are not looking good for Anthem. Not only is the PC port poorly optimized it appears that the PS4 version is doing some damage to the console. From what I can tell none of the devs are commenting at all regarding resource usage. Ask anyone in the development world what this means and they will tell you "Bad Code!" or poor implementation of the code.
i7 7700k (No OC)
Asus Strix 270F
32g 3000mhz Trident Z ram (No OC)
GTX 1070 ICX SC2 (Out of Box OC)
Corsair H100i v2 Cooler
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June - last edited June
Time for a text wall.
Anthem Recommended Requirements
Quite a few of the people reporting this issue with i5-6600k and i7-4790k or lower, your CPU is your bottleneck. i5 CPUs were better for gaming for a while, not anymore, modern games are usually designed to use 2-4 cores with 4-8 threads. i5's are great for single core and quad core usage but if 2-3 cores are being used performance goes down (~23%). i7's are better at using multi-core but see a small performance reduction (~5%) when using all 4 cores, meaning for modern games i7's work better as most games will utilize 2-3 cores leaving 1-2 for windows and background processes.
A few people are listing cards that are below recommended like GTX 760s and 980s, that's your bottleneck, the game seems to have crap optimization for old cards.
Some people are reporting this issue and are saying they have 8GB of RAM, that is half of the recommended requirement for playing anthem, you need more RAM, if you have 8GB with windows already using 2GB then Anthem only has 6GB to work with, Anthem uses 5GB when tabbed out of the game and 6GB+ while playing, that's gonna leave you with frame skipping and input lag in game let alone how slow/unresponsive windows will become at the same time.
For everyone else that has a sufficient CPU/GPU, and plenty of RAM to play the game with, I have no guaranteed solution for you. Check your bios, turn off anything related to OC, for Intel CPUs make sure "hyper-threading" is on, and that "core virtualization" (sometimes just called "virtualization" depending on your bios) is off. Allow auto voltage for your CPU but don't let it OC or go below the base-clock voltage. If your bios allow it, tell it to always have your CPU active (minimum usage of 1% or something) so it never fully parks.
If you know what "unparking" is and you have unparked your CPU in the past with "Disable CPU Core Parking Utility" (from Coder Bag), open up that utility again and disable it, let your CPU park it's cores again, some modern games are designed to use the parked cores, unparking them only for the game and the time it's played, re-parking them after. If you already have 3/4 cores (6/8 threads) unparked the game may only be able to use the 2 remaining threads in 1 core.
If you are using MSI Afterburner when you play, turn it off and see if that makes a difference, in some games it can cause a huge performance loss, not sure why.
Trying to help guys, give me more info if you can, system specs, drivers, have you UWT'd your OS, removing Cortana and all the other garbage that takes away from performance that is stock in Windows 8+. Do other processes like Origin have increased CPU usage (for origin it should be 5% or less) at the same time as Anthem. Does your CPU already idle at an abnormally high usage percentage (sitting on the desktop with several chrome windows open, steam, origin, razer central, and sound blaster connect 2, I'm at 2% CPU usage. If a launch anthem on top of that I peak while actively playing the game at 72% CPU usage. If you are idling higher than 5% CPU usage something is wrong). If you check Event Viewer in windows while playing anthem does it give any warnings, errors, or criticals (excluding "DistributedCOM" errors, and "e1iexpress" warnings).
There's just so much s*** that can cause this CPU 100% usage issue (including poor optimization for recommended requirements and below) it's mind-boggling, keep feeding info.
Also having the issue, CPU is 80-90%.. Turned gfx setting to ultra and to low and everything in between. Nothing seems to help. I have 0 issues running any other game on ultra-high.
16gb Ram Corsair
Geforce GTX 1070 8gb
Liquid cooled NXT case
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
100% cpu usage should only happen on loading screens. It has to do with the game running at 2000+fps (mine personally hits 2800 fps with min settings) turn V-sync on and your cpu usage should plummet.
After turning V-Sync on I'm sitting at 30-50% cpu usage (Which is still incredibly high but at least it's not 100%)
Hope it helps
i7 7700k (no OC)
16GB Corsair Vengeance 2400MHz
got the same issue, usage is always above 85+ goes down to like 70-75 if i alt-tab out of the game
100% CPU, fps go up and down rapidly. Low or Ultra settings doesn't matter, exactly the same result.
Someone in another thread suggested turning on v-sync, which I did, and it actually seemed to help! I went from 99-100% on both CPU and GPU to more like 70-80% most of the time. He seemed to attribute this to the game getting crazy high FPS in things like menus, I guess "try hard" problems.
There still obviously seem to be issues with the game itself, but this might help.
i'm only running between 30% - 50% with the highest reported being 52.5% with an average of around 40%. graphics settings set to high. I have also tried low settings with no change in cpu draw.
32gb Corsair dominator platinum
Sapphire R9 480 Nitro OC 1342mhz
1080p @ 60hz
He seemed to attribute this to the game getting crazy high FPS in things like menus, I guess "try hard" problems.
this is very possible. i get 12000+ fps (or at least the uplay & steam FPS counters say so) in startup loading screens when i play the division. my cpu spikes when this happens as well but don't think it hits 100%, i'll have to check though.