Originally Posted by SoloCamo
Originally Posted by Liranan
Playing GTA V on my A8-6410 laptop with a discrete M230 (five times more powerful than the iGPU in the CPU) results in 50% GPU use and 15-20fps. If the CPU remained at 2.4GHz it would perform better but not by much as it's still only a 15W ULV chip.
Interestingly an anniversary Pentium performs the same, showing that a dual core is no longer a viable gaming chip.
Just curious, what kind of speeds does your drop to? Unfortunately i'm stuck with just the igpu and the cpu dropping is a real struggle for even this thing. The funny thing is, with the graphics on low and a low enough resolution I can game fine otherwise even on many modern titles. Tomb Raider is actually fairly easy to run considering it seems to not care what cpu is running. I was looking to maybe replace this laptop down the line with one that had the discrete gpu. I don't game a crazy amount on the laptop but it drives me nuts when the cpu downclocks and the performance tanks so I was assuming the discrete gpu caused it not to drop.
When all four cores are loaded (iGPU idle) it drops to 2GHz. When the CPU + iGPU are loaded it drops to 1.8GHz, which is A6-6310 speed. AMD falsely advertise these chips as clocking from 2-2.4GHz, as they clock from 1.8-2.4GHz. I had my suspicions when I bought this laptop so I wasn't surprised when it clocked down to 1.8.
What is interesting at Beema is that when the dGPU and CPU cores are loaded drivers offload certain tasks to the iGPU. This is meant to boost performance but while it may help the weak dGPU it forced the CPU to run even slower.
But even if the CPU stayed at 2GHz it would still be too slow for modern games. There is no way I can play games made in the past few years on it. The most demanding game I can play is CIV V (love the game) but it's a small map with only a few CiV's and city states. There is no way I would play a large map with a lot of CIV's and city states, end game turns would take forever. League of Legends runs perfectly on the iGPU with settings at low at 1366x768. Usually I use the laptop to watch films while I play games or do other things on my PC so it serves its purpose very well and I won't replace it for another few years at least.
Older games such as Homeworld run perfectly but the second one is over a decade old so it's no surprise it runs well (first one was released in 1999, second one in 2003 and they are still the best fully 3D RTS games.