When Mathematica's current page contains a high-quality picture, the GPU occupancy rate will increase and the current page delay of Mathematica will increase( the software is slow to respond to my operation.). When I slide the mouse wheel down and turn to the page which does not contain high-quality pictures, and there is no delay of the software, the GPU utilization rate is reduced.

If my current page contains a high-quality graphic like the following code, the GPU utilization rate will become very high:

Eo[x_?NumericQ, z_?NumericQ] = If[15 >= x >= -15 && x <= -z, 1, 0];
DensityPlot[Eo[x, z], {z, -100., 100.}, {x, -100., 100.}, 
 ColorFunction -> "SunsetColors", PlotLegends -> Automatic, 
 Frame -> True, PlotPoints -> 200, Axes -> True, AxesOrigin -> {0, 0},
  AxesLabel -> Automatic]

This problem just appeared today and I have never met this problem before. I want to know if I accidentally set an option wrong? Is there any way to solve this problem?
When Mathematica is used to display high-quality graphics, is it normal to increase the utilization rate of GPU to 70% ?
I try to resetting my Mathematica like this:How do I fix common problems by resetting Mathematica to its default configuration?, but it didn't work. By the way, when I reopen a Mathematica project file, the original In[]and Out[] numbers are all gone, it told me In[3] is a previous session, like this:
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This my GPU utilization rate screenshots, mathematica doesn't do anything except show me a picture that I've already computed. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ The first thing that springs to mind is that you could Rasterize to turn it into just a dumb image, if that's something you can get away with. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by current page delay? $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Patrick Stevens I don't quite understand what you mean. So when Mathematica is used to display high-quality graphics, it's normal to increase the utilization rate of GPU? So we can use Rasterize to reduce the use of GPU? But I don't think the picture above is very complicated. How can it make my GPU occupancy rate reach 70%?(My GPU is 1650s) $\endgroup$
    – shrocat
    Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 15:25
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    $\begingroup$ @ MarcoB It just like the game delay, the software is slow to respond to my operation. When I turn to the next page, the current page does not contain high-quality pictures, and there is no delay of the software. $\endgroup$
    – shrocat
    Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ @shrocat From the screenshot, I assume you are on Windows. I cannot reproduce this behavior with your code on MMA 12.0 on Win10-64bit. The GPU utilization remains at zero and I get no lag in the MMA window. Just to state the obvious, have you already restarted your whole system etc.? What is your setup exactly (e.g. output of $Version)? $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 18:47

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I upgraded the version to 12.2 and the program was fixed.
After talking to the Wolfram technicians, they suggested me to upgrade the version to 12.2 , which proved to be effective.

The original answer:
I think I've found the solution, it might be Nvidia drivers' incompatibility. My driver was automatically updated to version 461.09 yesterday and I reduced it to version 456.71 which published on 2020/10/07, and GPU occupancy reduced to about 15%. My CPU is Core i7-9700 , my GPU is GTX1650s, and my version is 12.1.1 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit).

Despite the reduced GPU occupancy, Mathematica still suffers some delay (like game action delay ) when displaying high-quality images on the current page. Compared to the 15% GPU occupancy of the page showing high-quality images, the page there are no high-quality images which has GPU occupancy about 1%, and CPU occupancy becomes less too. I don't think the images I'm showing should have such a delay, at least for GTX1650s there shouldn't be a delay for such an image I think. Does anyone else have a significant delay in Mathematica when displaying high quality images?

But this is only a temporary solution after all, and I'm not sure if the driver conflict is specific to my computer only or if it's a general phenomenon. If this is a general phenomenon, it need to be required an official solution by the developer.

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    $\begingroup$ I’m glad you found a (temporary) solution. It might still be beneficial if you let Wolfram know, particularly since, if it’s really a widespread problem with nVidia drivers, only WRI could fix it. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 4:13
  • $\begingroup$ @MarcoB It's a really annoying question, and I will try to let Wolfram know. $\endgroup$
    – shrocat
    Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 4:20

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