Fix VALORANT high memory and CPU usage on Windows PC
In this article, we will see some solutions to fix the Valorant high memory and CPU usage problem on your Windows 11/10 gaming platform. According to users experiencing this issue, the Riot Client shows high memory and CPU usage when launching Valorant game. The high memory and CPU consumption by the Valorant game freezes or freezes the computer. If you are facing the same problem, you can try the solutions explained in this article.
Why is Valorant using 100% of my CPU?
You may experience high CPU consumption while updating Valorant game. It is normal for games and other software to experience high CPU usage while an update is running. After the update process is complete, CPU consumption should be back to normal. If Valorant shows 100% CPU for a long time, it will affect your computer’s performance. To fix this problem, you need to do some things, like update Valorant (if an update is available), update your graphics card driver, add Valorant as an exclusion in Windows security, etc.
Below we have explained all the possible solutions to fix Valorant high memory and CPU usage issue.
Fix VALORANT high memory and CPU usage on Windows PC
Some users have only encountered this issue while playing Valorant in windowed mode. When they launched Valorant in fullscreen mode, the high memory and CPU consumption was back to normal. You can try the following solutions in no particular order to fix Valoranthigh memory and CPU usage:
- Update Valorant
- Update your graphics card driver
- Change Windows Defender Real-Time Protection feature settings in Task Scheduler
- Disable HPET (High Precision Event Timer)
- Exclude Valorant game and anti-cheat folder from Windows security or your antivirus
- Troubleshoot issues in Clean Boot State
Let’s see all these fixes in detail.
Sometimes problems arise due to a minor bug in the software. The developers release updates from time to time to fix bugs or glitches in the software. Check if an update is available for Valorant. If so, update it. After updating the Valorant game, check if the issue still occurs.
If you are unable to update Valorant, follow these steps:
- Close the Riot client.
- Open Task Manager and end the Riot client background process.
- Now launch the Riot client as administrator.
- Update Valorant.
You should be able to update Valorant after launching the Riot client as administrator.
2]Update your graphics card driver
For some users, updating the graphics card driver solved the problem. You can try one of the following methods to update your graphics card driver:
- You can use Windows 11/10 optional updates feature to update your graphics card driver.
- You can download the installation file from the official website of your graphics card manufacturer and install it manually.
- You can update your graphics card driver from Device Manager by following the steps below:
- Launch Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start menu.
- Expand the Screenshot taken node.
- Right-click on your graphics card driver and select it. Update Driver option.
- Now click Automatically search for drivers. After that, Windows will automatically uninstall the latest driver for your graphics card.
3]Change Windows Defender Real-Time Protection feature settings in Task Scheduler
The problem may occur due to the scheduled scan of the Windows Defender real-time protection feature. You can check this in task scheduler. If you find the Windows Defender scheduled scan there, change its settings and see if that fixes the problem.
The following instructions will guide you in this regard:
- Launch it To run command box and type
taskschd.msc. Click OK. This will open the task scheduler.
- In Task Scheduler, expand the Task Scheduler Library from the left side and go to Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender.
- Check if there is Windows Defender Scheduled Scan on the right pane. If so, double click on it. A new window will appear.
- Under the General tab, uncheck the Run with highest privileges check box.
- Now select the Terms tab and deselect all the options there.
- Click OK to save changes.
4]Disable HPET (High Precision Event Timer)
The HPET (High Precision Event Timer) produces periodic interrupts at a higher resolution. It is used to synchronize media streams. In some cases, HPET affects gameplay and causes micro stutter, and also decreases FPS in games. In your case, HPET could be the cause of high CPU usage by Valorant.
Some users said that disabling the HPET in the Windows OS solved Valorant’s high CPU usage issue. You can also try this. Disable the HPET and check if it solves the problem. To do this, follow these instructions:
- Right click on To start up and select Device Manager.
- Expand the System devices node.
- Right-click on the High Precision Event Timer and select Disable device.
- Restart your computer.
After restarting your device, check if the issue still occurs.
Related: Valorant crashes in the middle of the game or on startup.
5]Exclude Valorant game and anti-cheat folder from windows security or your antivirus
Windows Security protects your computer from potential threats. When Windows Security runs a scan on your system, it usually consumes more CPU. If you are experiencing a high CPU usage issue with Valant, Windows Defender or your antivirus software may be running a scan for Valorant. To fix this, you can add the Valorant game and anti-cheat folder as an exclusion to Windows security and your third-party antivirus.
6]Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State
The problem may be caused by conflicting third-party software. Troubleshoot your computer in a clean boot state to identify this software. Once you find the culprit software, consider uninstalling it.
How to fix high CPU usage?
There are several causes of high CPU usage on a Windows operating system such as corrupt system files, conflicting software, etc. To fix this problem, you can run SFC scan, DISM scan, chkdsk scan, update your device drivers, etc. The Performance Troubleshooter may also help resolve the issue.
I hope this helps you.
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