Originally Posted by FranBunnyFFXII
It seems to be pretty consitant through out the computer and gaming scene.
Everyone hates alienware, people think laptops suck, ect.
It never changes, people are so stuck in their ways and make excuses and just bash. I wish people would wake up, pay attention, and actually try to be a community worth being a part of, worth trying to help. Not using it as a circle..... whatever I cant say that here, but you get it.
Trying to be a contributing part of this community is so ahrd when everyone looks at the lable of your system and parts, or the form factor and scoff with ignorance.
I dunno what to say really but I appreciate that someone actually recognizes whats going on.
So thank you, it means a lot.
The community is trying to be realistic with you. Your original post says
I have my laptop on raisers to give it better airflow and level it with my 2nd monitor.
I've actually seen it stop doing this a few times and go back up to 99% GPU usage and I get fantastic frame rates, like above 100FPS.
Now I have a 7950. I am running eyefinity on a desktop that has immensely better airflow. My guess is you only tried this with GW2 which is notorious for having CRAP for eyefinity support. I am lucky to get 15 frames a second on Eyefinity in GW2 (settings up or down doesnt matter the GPU usage will go from 40 to 60% and sometimes less) and at 1600 x 900 I will sometimes get 60 FPS constant on ultra... on 1920 x 1080 forget it. Outside of source engine games (TF2 and L4D2) I have yet to get 100 FPS on ANY game in Eyefinity even on low settings.
The reason it is limiting on your OBSCURE resolutions is probably because its not supported.. If 5760 x 1080 is not supported well you can bet your bottom dollar that 2560 x 720 is probably not going to be supported any better.
I will tell you my experience with laptops and eyefinity. 2 members of the RG community I run have run eyefinity from laptops. One was a M17x Alienware and the other was an ASUS G7x series (cannot remember specific model if I see him I'll ask) ... ... Does eyefinity work on these laptops.. the answer is YES.... Does it work at any desireable performance.. the answer is NO... you can expect no more than 20 to 25 FPS in modern games at the lower settings and you'll be lucky to break 10 on medium to high settings. ON GW2 just forget eyefinity. I've personally never seen anyone get it to perform well (not to say it's not possible)
Long term ramifications... Check your card's temperatures and voltages.. Both of the aformentioned laptops were dead inside 6 months.. one was within warranty but was denied to (this is ASUS warranty support quote) "improper and non normal useage" Alienware was out of warranty and refused to service the product without payment. These guys were no tech "noobs" They had proper airflow they weren't overclocking or doing anything out of the ordinary outside of pushing the cards really hard. (both were 7970m) SO MONITOR THOSE TEMPS!
I hope you don't think I am just joining a circle jerk here. I am seriously trying to tell you 2 things.
1) If you want to run eyefinity on a laptop you better start buying SAGERs with dual GPU setups. a 7970m = 7850 and you don't see a lot of guys rocking eyefinity unless they are xfiring 7850s or better. My 7950 struggles in most titles to do it.
2) GW2 is not a valuable metric in measuring eyefinity. as far as eyefinity support goes it is one of the worst titles to give us any information with. I'd like some screen shots with MSI overlay showing us GPU usage in other titles such as BF3 or Crysis3 (titles known to support eyefinity)