Battlefield 1 kills i5 CPUs, gamers are very disappointed

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Battlefield 1 is finally out, allowing you to experience gruesome battles where only very few can make it alive. yes, Battlefield 1 is a killer game, especially for your i5 CPU.

According to the official system requirements, gamers should be able to run Battlefield 1 on Core i5 6600K. Of course, these are the minimum requirements, if you have an i7 processor, that’s even better. However, many gamers report Battlefield 1 literally drains their i5 CPUs. It appears this issue also affects i7 processors as well, particularly overclocked i7 CPUs.

I’ve got an overclocked 4770k and I’m on average using between 75% and 95% usage on my CPU during gameplay. Is this normal? It seems kind of much for an overclocked i7.

As one user points out, Battlefield games have been known to be taxing on CPUs. The same issues were reported on Battlefield 4, and judging by gamers’ feedback, Battlefield 1 is no exception to the rule.

Any CPU lower than a 4790k will get maxed out, regardless of what GPU gamers have. Many Battlefield 1 fans say they don’t really understand why EA/DICE took this decision in regards to CPU types, since the 4690k is the most popular gaming CPU out there.

Surprisingly, there are many gamers who run Battlefield 1 on sub-medium computers without any problem.

I have an i5-4570 @3.2GHz Turbo to 3.6GHz, 16GB RAM and GTX1070 8GB . I’m having no issues at all. Game runs like butter with all graphical options set to max. *shrug*

All in all, gamers’ reports confirm indeed that sometimes Battlefield 1 causes high CPU usage and most likely this is due to a game optimization bug. Battlefield 1 fans hope that the first patch for the game will address high CPU usage issues, but for the time being DICE has yet to issue any comments on this situation.

Have you already played Battlefield 1 on your Windows PC? Did you encounter any CPU issues?

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