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So, I'm not sure if I screwed something up or if I'm just thinking my video card is more powerful than it really is. I have recently been playing some newer released games and have some questions as to how my video card should be performing:
-StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
-BioShock Infinite
-Slender - The Arrival

I used to be able to play StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty maxed out at clocks much lower than what is pictured below, but now I have to run HotS at medium (I know they did a graphics update so perhaps I'm just overestimating my gpu). I had to run BioShock Infinite on medium-low settings. What made me create this post was configuring the graphics settings for Slender - The Arrival. I have everything on low and it still seems laggy. Before anyone jumps in with "Configure switchable graphics," I already set that up.
Here is a snapshot of MSI Afterburner while playing Slender - The Arrival




My question to you all: What gives?
Edited by progamer3054 - 3/30/13 at 11:11am
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What is with all the drops in GPU usage? Where you alt tabbing out to check on Aftebrurner?

The mobile GPU's are significantly less powerful than their desktop counterparts. So that will be some of your issue, but even then you should be able to get better performance. I would check out the Catalyst Beta drivers from the AMD website. They include a few optimizations for those games and could make all the difference. Also, since you are on a laptop make sure you are in "High Performance" mode. I've ran into this issue a few years ago when my laptop was in Balance mode it downclocked the 9800GT integrated graphics levels.

Hope that helps and good luck thumb.gif
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I forgot to mention the reason for the drops. I alt tab a lot. Haha. I'm going to check out the beta drivers and give you an update. Hopefully it's as simple as that. My power settings are already on "High Performance."


UPDATE: When in doubt, upgrade/reinstall the drivers. Turns out Sager's drivers section is a little out of date.


Can anyone provide input as to how far I can push this card while keeping it stable? Turns out those clocks in the original post caused it to crash within 5 seconds starting a game. Not sure why Afterburner and my card weren't talking to each other before.
Edited by progamer3054 - 3/30/13 at 11:52am
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I am not to sure about overclocking the mobile version of the GPU. I would just hit the reset button in Afterburner and work your way up slowly from there.
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