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So I just recently acquired an ASUS G73SW for incredibly cheap. I have never owned a gaming laptop before, so I am new to how mobile GPU's are supposed to perform - especially ones that are 2 years old. Anyway, I bought the laptop with the hope of being able to play CS:GO on it at relatively decent settings, but it seems that no matter what I set the graphics to, my performance is terrible. I am averaging 20-40 FPS with the settings on low/medium and resolution set to 1366x768. I feel that it should perform much better than that, no? Also, when I have GeForce Experience "Optimize" my games, it puts CS:GO at 1080p with everything on medium/high which makes it pretty much unplayable. Should my laptop be able to play the game at those settings and something is just wrong with my GPU card, or is that game a lot more demanding than I thought? Also, Black Ops II is completely unplayable with everything set to low and the resolution set to 1366x768. I feel that this game should also be playable on low settings, but it is not.

I noticed during gameplay of CS:GO that the GPU is not staying at 100% usage, but dipping up and down tremendously and frequently. I have the latest nVidia drivers (R331) installed and this is a brand new Windows 7 installation on a Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB drive. Is this normal performance for the card, or am I missing out on something?

EDIT: Based off of this article, it appears I should be getting much better performance, especially on low settings!
    
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Well, I figured out what the issue is - my GPU is throttling itself BIG time. It's supposed to run at 675MHz, but is only running at 169 MHz core clock. Thanks to Furmark for telling me that it was throttling so severely! I'm guessing it's driver related, weeeeeeeee.
    
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Check your power settings (In Windows Control Panel) and see if the GPU power is limited?
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o.O try a diffrent driver?
    
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If you have optimus make sure that it is set to use the dedicated gpu for cs:go. If you have optimus than it might also be a good idea to do the following in this order:
-Remove Nvidia drivers and Intel HD graphics drivers
-Install latest intel hd graphics drivers
-install latest nvidia drivers
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Thanks for the responses guys. Here's what I've done so far:

-Removed drivers via uninstall
-Removed remnants via driver sweeper & restart
-Installed latest drivers
-No luck, still throttled

So then I did the first two steps again, and installed the drivers the computer originally shipped with (from ASUS website). Still no luck. All power setting are at maximum. The ASUS Power Manager has been uninstalled and I am just running Windows' High Performance setting. No luck. I do not have optimus on this machine, so the Intel integrated drivers have never been installed - however, I do not believe this would change anything.

Here is the strangest part: The GPU is being throttled by exactly 75%, therefore only using 25% of it's power. I can actually overclock the GPU in Afterburner, and the Core clock WILL go up, but only by 25% of the overclock. I can overclock the GPU from 675MHz to 880MHz, but in reality during gaming, the GPU is only reaching a maximum of 220MHz which is exactly 25% of 880! Something is causing this and I have no idea what. I'm assuming it is software-related.

I'll be reformatting tomorrow to see if that helps, but in the meantime - any suggestions? Insights?

Thanks everyone.

*EDIT* Btw, this is definitely not heat-related. The hottest the GPU has ever gotten for me was around 55C.
    
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In addition to the above...this will also happen if the driver downclocks your card due to an unstable OC. Only a reboot will reset the clocks.

I assume you tried without any overclock. Maybe you can even try a downclock, just for testing if that does something.
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