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Strange kernel_task behavior (constant 70% usage)

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Jun 5, 2016
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Motherboard
GA-Z170X-UD5 TH
CPU
i7-6700K
Graphics
GTX 980 Ti
Mobile Phone
iOS
Hey guys,

I can't figure this one out. My kernel_task is consistently using 68-72% of my CPU. I upgraded to High Sierra thinking that would fix it, but it didn't. My system is responsive and it's running fine, but it really bothers me that almost an entire core is always being used!

kernel_task.png


I've tried killing almost every process, but nothing works. It starts within a few minutes of a reboot. Spotlight is off (via Privacy tab).

This can't be normal?

Also tried calling
Code:
sudo syscallbyproc.d
and
Code:
sudo fs_usage
but it all looks pretty normal. I even installed Xcode to use the Instruments app, but kernel_task is still opaque and it didn't tell me much.
 
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