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Dell XPS Lx702 (XPS 17) - GT 550m I think is an Underperformer

post #1 of 8
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Dear OCN

I bought this laptop like 3 months ago on a crazy cheap sale that Dell Outlet had, basically I ended getting

i7 2630QM @ 2 Ghz
8 GB DDR3 RAM
GT 550m 1GB DDR3 and 144 GPU Cores

All of this for crazy cheap $450

The reason why I factor in price is because it was a refurbished computer, and I think I might have gotten the shaft or I don't know.

Everywhere I read that my GPU should be capable of running SkyRim at least at medium above 30 FPS @ 1920x1080, this is not so.

It averages 27 on everything very low, and I seriously suspect of my GPU being bad or less able than any other 550m.

Is there anyway I can verify with some scores, or benchmarks etc, that my GPU is properly performing ?

(I do run SkyRim having selected the NVIDIA GPU as default)

I do not know what to do, but I was expecting to not have to turn everything to low. Especially when everyone else seems to be gaming with decent resolution and options.
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post #2 of 8
Have you tried the Optimus Checker tool? link

Just to make sure it is switching.
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post #3 of 8
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The link you posted for 64 bit was no longer available, so I used this one

Optimus Test

I will update my Drivers and follow up, as it said that it wasn't supported by the drivers I had.
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post #4 of 8
Probably still pulling from the HD 3000 then.

My buddy here was having the same problems with the XPS preloaded Dell drivers, even with the 550 selected. After we updated direct from Intel and Nvidia the problem went away after changing the Optimus setting again.
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What do you mean by "Changing the Optimus setting again" ?
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Anybody frown.gif?
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post #7 of 8
Hey sorry...After installing he new Intel HD Graphics driver and the latest Nvidia driver you have to change to Optimus setting. Basically Nvidia has a "smart" system that will auto choose the gpu it will use for games. You need to go into the Nvidia control panel, open the manage 3D settings tab, and change the setting from "auto" to the "Nvidia Gt 550m".

If you do this it will use the Nvidia card by default rather than trying to use the HD 3000. Should dramatically increase performance in all your games!
post #8 of 8
After we updated direct from Intel and Nvidia the problem went away after changing the Optimus setting again. g.gif
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