M17xR3 GTX560M Poor Performance

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  1. skywalka

    skywalka Notebook Guru

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  2. Mahesh_Singh

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    Can you elaborate on what the problems are exactly (BSOD, stutter, CTD etc.)?
     
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    These may sound like obvious suggestions but plug in the power adapter and set the laptop for high performance under the power options.
     
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    Like Mashesh said, it would be really good if you could elaborate a little on the problems that you are having. Are you sure you are running the Nvidia card and not the integrated? Have you done any software updates lately? Have you tried updating the graphics card drivers?
     
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    Thanx for replying guys.

    The problem is basically low frame rate even when games are set at low settings.

    All my power settings are set for maximum performance. Laptop is always plugged in.

    Device Manager only lists the Nvidia adapter. There doesn't seem to be integrated graphics.

    I'm running the latest Nvidia drivers - 306.97.
     
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    martin541 Notebook Consultant

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    whats the temps like on the system normal ???
    fans spinning normally???

    has the integrated card ever shown up is it listed in this program GPUZ if you have installed if not heres a download link :Download TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.6.5 | techPowerUp

    have you tried reseating the card that will re-detect the cards ????

    are the gpus listed in the bios ??????
     
  7. skywalka

    skywalka Notebook Guru

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    Thanx Martin.

    I'm not sure what temperatures are normal or not.

    I've downloaded GPU-Z. It only lists the GTX560M.

    I checked the BIOS and it says:
    Integrated Graphics - None Detected
    Discrete Graphics 1 - Nvidia GTX

    To monitor the temperature I can use GPU-Z? While typing this it is at 72degrees. Is that normal?

    Not sure what you mean by reseating the card. Do you mean opening the laptop & removing the card?
     
  8. Mahesh_Singh

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    72 while not running any application (i.e idle at desktop) ?? That is way too high.. Your card is overheating. You would need to keep your system cool - plenty of ways to do that : use a laptop cooler, repaste the card etc...
     
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    Do you have the 3D screen?

    The card should score better than that, though the 560m is not a super powerful card so I hope you did your research and knew what you were getting.
     
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    skywalka Notebook Guru

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    I use a laptop tray to keep the fans clear.

    Now that I think about it, I used NVIDIA Inspector weeks ago & the temperature wasn't that high. Maybe this problem is caused by the new drivers? I might try the older drivers.

    I do have the 3D screen.

    I did research & thought the 560m would do.
     
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