NVIDIA recently released version 430.39 of its GeForce drivers for its GPUs. The WHQL drivers comes with improved support for the new GTX 1650, among other things. Unfortunately, the drivers apparently also brought about a nasty little bug that causes CPU usage to be unusually higher than normal.
Specifically, the bug doesn’t seem to be widespread; it seems to only be affecting a select number of users. It reportedly causes the CPU usage on a PC to spike between 10% and 20%. If that wasn’t bad enough, the CPU spike would persist even if the PC is idle and not doing anything.
The source of this abnormal CPU usage reportedly has something to do with NVIDIA’s Display Container local system. A Reddit user points out that rebooting the system solves the issue, but even that is on a temporary basis, as the issue eventually crops up again.
The bug doesn’t just affect desktop PC users; notebooks running with the new NVIDIA GeForce 16-series mobile GPUs are also affected.We can only imagine the kind of havoc this bug would wreak upon the notebooks, especially in the battery consumption department.
It should be noted that the current 430.39 drivers do cure a flickering issue that is reportedly persistent on desktop systems with multiple displays.
The good news is that NVIDIA has always released a hotfix driver – version 430.53 – that resolves the issue. You can download it via the official page if you’re looking to resolve the issue quickly.