100% GPU usage in Windows 11 Task Manager, Fix is on the way says Nvidia
Microsoft has been aggressively rolling out the 2022 Update for Windows 11, the first significant upgrade to the new operating system, over the last few weeks. Our PCs have already been running Windows 11 version 22H2 without any major events. Users, on the other hand, have reported that somehow a compatibility issue messed up Task Manager’s GPU usage report.
When having Nvidia driver version 526.47 or older installed, many users on Reddit as well as Feedback Hub started to notice that Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2 does not show the correct GPU usage. Fortunately, this is a known issue, and a fix is on its way, according to Nvidia officials.
This appears to be a problem with specific GeForce drivers, and it was previously reported in one of the Windows Insider preview builds. However, it appears to have slipped through into public release. We can confirm that we are experiencing the same problem, though it is not serious, and 100% GPU utilization automatically stabilizes. Recently the Nvidia 522.25 GeForce Drivers Version also caused some issues with Cyberpunk 2077 map, though it was fixed after some days.
A relevant bug also affects Nvidia GPU 3D readings. As shown in the screenshot above, Task Manager’s 3D readings for GPUs are inaccurate and do not reflect actual or reported usage.
“For some reason, the Task Manager reports that my GPU is using 100% of its resources, but it says very low power usage. I am really confused, my drivers are up to date, and I don’t see any loss in performance while playing games,” one of the affected users wrote on Feedback Hub.
Anyway, incorrect GPU usage is a minor annoyance that can be safely ignored. However, if you constantly pay close attention towards the GPU usage whenever the graphic cards are under heavy or medium load and want to monitor it, this could be an annoyance.
It’s worth mentioning that the actual memory usage will not increase as a result of the Task Manager’s incorrect report, so it’s not a big deal.
According to a spokesperson for Nvidia, the company plans to address Windows 11’s 100% GPU usage bug soon. According to reports, a fix will be included in the next beta release of GeForce drivers, followed by a stable release. We don’t know if a fix will be part of the upcoming Windows 11 Patch Tuesday update.
New GeForce as well as Windows 11 updates are expected around November.