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How do you know for sure that your computer is actually using the dynamic memory instead of dedicated? Is GPU-Z the only program you've tested this with?

What are your framerates in games like, compared to the listing I linked to in my previous post? Keep in mind that the CPU they tested the card with might be faster than the i5 you mentioned. However, if you are using only shared system memory instead of dedicated, you will be lucky if you get even half the fps that it shows in that list.

The Windows shared video memory feature is default, there is no way to disable it, and there are no downsides to it. Unless you are seeing horrible performance in games (or anything that utilizes VRAM), the answer is simply that GPU-Z is reading your system information incorrectly.
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Do you know a good alternative for monitoring my GPU usage that displays the amount of different memory used?
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Do you know a good alternative for monitoring my GPU usage that displays the amount of different memory used?

Use GPUshark. It should give you all the real time info you need.

Run your laptop in "high performance" mode(power options) and not "max battery " etc.

Also look at Hybridpower . It says the options should be available in your chipset settings. But this may vary for dofferent motherboards.
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Thanks, I'll monitor some gameplay right away!
I don't think that I can disable it, atleast not in BIOS, cuz I've been all over my bios..

Reporting back soon.
post #15 of 22
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The GPU Shark only specifies "GPU Memory: 40.1%", maybe the GPU is using the right memory after all. But with GTA IV there is something wrong, I'm coming across the same frame rate on the lowest aswell as med-high settings. It would explain alot if the wrong memory was used, now it's back to searching for another thing that's wrong.
post #16 of 22
GTA IV is your problem.. that game runs poorly on everything.
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Yeah, I know it's a really bad port, but still, it should run better, atleast on low settings.
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No, you really need to pick a different game than GTA IV to determine if there's an issue. As Rickles said, the problem there is GTA IV.

GTA IV is one of the worst optimized games that has ever been released. People with quad-core i7 extremes and Radeon 5870's in 3-way crossfire still have framerate issues with that horrible, horrible game. Seeing as you're running with a fairly low-clocked dual core, you'd probably have to do some .ini tweaks to get it running smoothly.

Seriously, just about any other game you could pick would work better as a test.
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post #19 of 22
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You are right, but with other games I get the same reading, although that reading is with GPU-Z which could be reading wrong. I also have a relative new desktop computer with i5-3570k 4,6Ghz, Crossfire HD 7950 oc'ed @ 1000MHz core and 1500Mhz memory both. With that computer i'm still getting bad framerates. So i know what you're saying is true.
post #20 of 22
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But keep in mind that the Nvidia control panel also says that the card has shared memory. Which makes it possible for it to use shared memory.
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