2017 iMac. Why is the CPU so high for Cubase?

i7 Kaby Lake. 32gb of ram.

When I open an empty set in Cubase CPU will be sitting at at least 35% usually more vs. the same in Ableton at 17%.

I’ve messed with sample rate, ASIO guard, multithreading settings. Nothing. I’ve also seen a bunch of posts going back several years here where Mac users reported high CPU… with no solution in the threads.

Is there something I’m missing here? Anything I might have overlooked? Is Cubase just doomed to perform worse on Mac?