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post #1 of 7
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Hello Guys,

I am working on a friend Alienware m17x and the GPU load does not go above 24% in furmark. It is set at high performance in the power options and I have set it to prefer performance in the nvidia control panel.

It is running a G260m with a 9300 for lower power mode.
I have already disabled Hybrid mode and the 9300.

What else could be causing this?

Thanks!
Edited by MustangPanda - 5/20/11 at 9:34pm
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NVIDIA limited how much Furmark can stress the GPUs in order to prevent them from overheating. So basically, it's a synthetic barrier set by Nvidia to protect their cards.
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In that case, what should I use to stress test?
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post #4 of 7
I use OCCT, but that's also limited by the drivers. (GPU usage at ~50%)
It's still okay at detecting for unstable overclocks.

You can run a benchmark ten times. The drivers won't limit them.
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post #5 of 7
Heaven, OCCT, Metro, and Crysis are all good stability testers. In my experience, Furmark is not, even without the power limiter.
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I would say play some BC2, I've found that to be more stressful than Crysis or Metro. Games in general I find better for stress testing then Furmark, OCCT, etc.
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I ran 3dMark06 and the same problem occurs. The GPU load never goes above 24%. I have a feeling it's being limited by some kind of power settings.
Any ideas?
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