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Pleasure in running video games on underpowered hardware

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Is there anyone else out there that enjoys taking computer hardware not meant for gaming and doing everything you can to squeeze the most FPS out of it?

Take my Thinkpad X201 for example. The tiny 12" notebook has integrated Intel graphics on it yet even with a quad-core dual-gpu desktop right next to me I still find myself playing on it, up to a quarter of my total gaming time.
I find it very enjoyable to, after a dozen settings changes and INI tweaks, see how well the game can run. Recently I've been playing some World of Tanks on it, I managed to boost the FPS to 28-32 from the stock 20-22 using a textures compression and an effects removal mod. Although I could be running it close to max at 1440p@60-70fps on my desktop and perhaps even play a bit better, I still find it very fun to play it on the laptop instead.

Please tell me I'm not alone
Hoping to hear some stories from you guys.
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I'm forced to every day on my 32 bit os. But it is impressive to see how hard you can push the hardware until you just flat out bsod or corrupt the system files. I've done the occasional tweaks to get that placebo feeling of extra performance out of my games, like expanding the paging file to 9gb, running memboost to free up ram exactly every 2 seconds while I'm in my games, I'm also using Lucas Hales Timer Resolution program to reduce my dpc latency, I've even used the 4gb patcher on my game exe's to try and get a bit more out of my ram, I'm also running Process Lasso so I can maintain my games priority's at realtime without needing to Alt + Tab to task manager to do it individually.
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I have had a similar experience, not quit at the same level though. My PC broke and due to bad health(tension) I bought a 2kg laptop. It does have a GPU that can be OC to give P2360 on 3DMARK11.

But it's been rewording to get games like Crysis 1/warhead, metro 2033 and GTA 4 to run and even to run them quite well without too much loss of  IQ. Again, due to health, I am on a break from gaming but look forward to buy a SSD and  "play" with NEXT CAR GAME - well probably September. I will have to remove some of the trees and grass to get it to run properly  :D. Even through it looks so beautiful :drool:.

 

 

http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php/topic,3122.0.html

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