Power Draw Low in GreenWithEnvy

inxi -Faz output:

Kernel: 5.16.0-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=4226ebc7-7e0a-4c2d-8586-f0d9eafbaddb rw [email protected]
quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 loglevel=3
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.23.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11
vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: SABERTOOTH Z170 MARK 1 v: Rev 1.xx
serial: <superuser required> UEFI-[Legacy]: American Megatrends v: 3801
date: 03/14/2018
Info: model: Intel Core i7-6700K bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Skylake-S
family: 6 model-id: 0x5E (94) stepping: 3 microcode: 0xEA
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
L3: 8 MiB desc: 1x8 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 4160 high: 4229 min/max: 800/4200:4300 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 4158 2: 4170 3: 4189
4: 4142 5: 4109 6: 4160 7: 4229 8: 4123 bogomips: 63999
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: TSX disabled
Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 [GeForce GTX 980] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia
v: 495.46 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:13c0
class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org compositor: kwin_x11 driver:
loaded: nvidia unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa
display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 92 s-size: 530x301mm (20.9x11.9")
s-diag: 610mm (24")
Monitor-1: DP-4 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 92 size: 531x298mm (20.9x11.7")
diag: 609mm (24")
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 495.46
direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel 100 Series/C230 Series Family HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a170
class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA GM204 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0fbb
class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Texas Instruments PCM2902 Audio Codec type: USB
driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-7:2 chip-ID: 08bb:2902
class-ID: 0300
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.16.0-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.43 running: yes
Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V vendor: ASUSTeK driver: e1000e v: kernel
port: N/A bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15b8 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp0s31f6 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: ASUSTeK PRIME B450M-A driver: r8169 v: kernel port: b000
bus-ID: 06:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp6s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 2.07 TiB used: 40.63 GiB (1.9%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Samsung
model: SSD 950 PRO 256GB size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
rev: 1B0QBXX7 temp: 23.9 C scheme: MBR
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM001-1ER164
size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: CC26 scheme: GPT
ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Ultra
size: 14.53 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: N/A
serial: <filter> rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
ID-1: / raw-size: 238.47 GiB size: 238.47 GiB (100.00%)
used: 40.63 GiB (17.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-2: /home raw-size: 238.47 GiB size: 238.47 GiB (100.00%)
used: 40.63 GiB (17.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /var/log raw-size: 238.47 GiB size: 238.47 GiB (100.00%)
used: 40.63 GiB (17.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-4: /var/tmp raw-size: 238.47 GiB size: 238.47 GiB (100.00%)
used: 40.63 GiB (17.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.56 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 35.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 54 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 32%

I've been having stuttering issues on my desktop (and all programs).
This started on Win10, and after countless hours of trying to 'fix' windows I decided to switch to Garuda Linux (which I am much preferring so far).

However the stutters are continuing (I've tried with both proprietary and open-source drivers), and am currently using proprietary drivers since games wouldn't launch with the open-source drivers.

The Nvidia 'GreenWithEnvy' config tool shows Power 'Draw' varies between 60-80W, while the 'Min' is set to 120W in that same program (all on default settings + fresh install of garuda). I suspect this may be the cause of the issue, but I am not knowledgeable enough on how to fix it myself.

Also I'm running on a refresh rate of 144hz incase that's important.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Hi there, welcome to the community.

Do you heavily use GPU or purchased second hand GPU or something like that?

These are indications of degrading GPU health.
And this needs some physical care instead of software one.

  1. Cleaning your PC motherboard as well as GPU thoroughly.
  2. Changing thermal paste.
  3. Searching on web in this regard.

I hope this helps.

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