[Help - 11/09/2023] OBS Drop frames at 30% CPU USAGE


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Hi friends,

I am facing drop drops next to CPU USAGE with Software encoding x264,. but when I use Nvidia Encoder I face frame drop and Encoder Overloaded issue
if doesn't matter if I reduce Base/Output resolution to lower then 720P and make it 30FPS, when running Sekiro or Gylt CPU USAGE goes to 30% and FPS goes to 16-20fps, while running the game runs smooth on my pc itself regardless of OBS running or not, also NOTE that [DROPPED FRAME] is 0 but still output FPS is dropping can you suggest what should I change in my settings? or what can I do to stream games like SEKIRO or GYLT or some games that might have similar problem? if any specific LOG is required kindly mention the file location where can I find or export so I can post it for your references. kindly help as being a Streamer and getting these issues is very bad. below is screen of of scenes I have, and every is is individual DUPLICATE and they do no contain any REFERENCE SOURCES

below are my Internet results:

Below are my PC Specs:
CPU Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz
CPU Speed: 3293MHz
Physical Cores: 2, Logical Cores: 4
Physical Memory: 8134MB Total, 5054MB Free
Windows Version: 10.0 Build 19045 (release: 22H2; revision: 3393; 64-bit)
Adapter 0: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
Dedicated VRAM: 2104688640
Shared VRAM: 4265058304
12:18:46.816: OBS 29.1.3 (64-bit, windows)

Below are OBS Settings:
[BITRATE] : 2500 Kbps
[CPU USAGE]: Very Fast

Below is Screen Shot:





Initializing D3D11...
12:18:46.818: Available Video Adapters:
12:18:46.821: Adapter 0: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
12:18:46.821: Dedicated VRAM: 2104688640
12:18:46.821: Shared VRAM: 4265058304
12:18:46.821: PCI ID: 10de:1287
12:18:46.821: Driver Version:
12:18:46.822: output 0:
12:18:46.822: name=SONY TV
12:18:46.822: pos={0, 0}
12:18:46.822: size={1920, 1080}
12:18:46.822: attached=true
12:18:46.822: refresh=60
12:18:46.822: bits_per_color=8
12:18:46.822: space=RGB_FULL_G22_NONE_P709
12:18:46.822: sdr_white_nits=80
nit_range=[min=0.500000, max=270.000000, max_full_frame=270.000000]
12:18:46.822: dpi=96 (100%)
12:18:46.822: id=\\?\DISPLAY#SNYDC02#5&1c16d7f9&0&UID4352#{e6f07b5f-ee97-4a90-b076-33f57bf4eaa7}
12:18:46.822: alt_id=\\.\DISPLAY1
12:18:46.825: Loading up D3D11 on adapter NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 (0)
12:18:46.938: D3D11 loaded successfully, feature level used: b000
12:18:46.938: DXGI increase maximum frame latency success
12:18:46.938: D3D11 GPU priority setup failed (not admin?)

12:18:49.163: video settings reset:
12:18:49.163: base resolution: 1280x720
12:18:49.163: output resolution: 1280x720
12:18:49.163: downscale filter: Bicubic
12:18:49.163: fps: 60/1
12:18:49.163: format: NV12
12:18:49.163: YUV mode: Rec. 709/Partial
12:18:49.163: NV12 texture support enabled
12:18:49.163: P010 texture support not available
12:18:49.167: Audio monitoring device:
12:18:49.167: name: Default
12:18:49.167: id: default

12:18:46.817: audio settings reset:
12:18:46.817: samples per sec: 48000
12:18:46.817: speakers: 2
12:18:46.817: max buffering: 960 milliseconds
12:18:46.817: buffering type: dynamically increasing


Active Member
Run the Auto-configuration Wizard (tools menu) and apply the setting it gives. Do NOT change anything.
Please restart OBS (!important) and perform a test stream of at least 30 seconds doing as you normally do, including playing games, full camera or whatever you normally do.
Now look inside Help menu. Upload the current log file and paste the url to the log in here. Click on the Analize button to start troubleshooting common issues.

To accuratelly measure your internet connection against Twitch servers, use this app:
Anything bellow 90 quality is bad and shows an issue on your local network or (most probably) and issue on your ISP.


New Member
ok so I did auto-configuration wizard and accepted all default settings that OBS Suggests, and i ran a test stream and exported logs and analysed

with AUTO-CONFIG Wizard, now I do not have any frame drops in obs my cpu usage is 3% but still the stream is mad laggy and encoder shows as overflowing so its bad, below are screen shot and a link to test stream

and I only have x264 and NVIDIA NVENC encoder as my options to use






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Not much meat on the bone for sure.

Most GT730's don't have the NVENC circuit but it looks like your GT730 is a "unicorn", one built with a chipset that has it. Anyway, Multipass should be Disabled or set to Full, no qres with Kepler. B Frames=0. Lower the Preset to P3/P4 if there is still encoding lag.
14:43:28.285: [jim-nvenc] init_encoder_h264: nv.nvEncInitializeEncoder(enc->session, &enc->params) failed: 8 (NV_ENC_ERR_INVALID_PARAM): NV_ENC_TWO_PASS_FULL_RESOLUTION is only supported multipass encoding on this architecture.

Network issues appear local/ISP, bad cable or something you'll need to troubleshoot. OBS isn't your issue here.
14:43:28.322: [rtmp stream: 'simple_stream'] Connecting to RTMP URL rtmp://sin01.contribute.live-video.net/app...
14:43:28.416: [rtmp stream: 'simple_stream'] Interface: Intel(R) 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (ethernet, 100↓/100↑ mbps)
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That computer is fine for low-demand tasks (email, word processing, etc), but that's about it at this point. Sorry
My primary email computer is from that era, but I don't try anything like OBS (or video editing) on it.
that low-end CPU (i3) is 11 years old. you have limited RAM, and I'm suspecting a HDD not a SATA SSD, and you are wanting to perform computationally intensive real-time video compositing? at 60 fps? As that motherboard is only PCIe v2, so it isn't worth upgrading the GPU to help.

Your option is to
1. become an expert in Operating System and OBS Studio optimizations, becoming proficient at real-time hardware resource utilization monitoring and management, and then come up with realistic expectations based on that very old, low-end for this type of work, computer
BUT... even then, you are NOT going to be happy with the results​
worse, it would not be unrealistic to spend hundreds of hours to get started with focused research from real expert sources with a testing environment (because you will break things in the process, we all have), with actual expertise coming well after that​
2. get a much newer, more appropriate computer.
though if you do the wrong thing, you can still hobble a new US$5,000+ workstation. so you still need to be careful... but your margin of error will be much greater on a modern, performant system.​
If your budget doesn't accommodate a new computer, might a newer, used computer, be an option? a decently spec'ed computer from 5-6 years ago might work well for you for now​


New Member
Thanks for all your answers those do help, I tried different solutions as well and i still am not able to run newer games with OBS, definatelymy pc is lower then my expected tasks, but its all good, Ill upgrade my pc in future sometime. and thanks all for taking time to answer and provide help.