M4400 Downclocks :(

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by Nyceis, Oct 10, 2008.

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  1. Nyceis

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    My BIOS is A03...thats not the culprit.
     
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    What are your specs?
     
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    also having nvidia control panel minimised boosts performance for me, it's pretty much required for bia:hh as i have sluggish fps unless nvidia control panel is opened and at least minimised.
     
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    Quick Update: New system shipped today, will be here tomorrow. I'll post an update once I have it and test it.

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    ok..lots of info on here. Have you tried setting the speed of the cpu to 100% and not letting the power scheme throttle it down? It may be windows interfering and not the bios.
     
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    Hi, thanks for the thoughts - I've been in touch with Dell engineers who are working on it. In fact, the second system exhibited identical systems. Once I have more info from Dell, I'll post.
     
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    The heat issue is on systems with the P8400 too. I switched to the A03 bios and now its a first solution... lets see what happens.
     
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    By downclocking/throttling, what do you mean Nyceis? I get an FPS drop after an hour of half-life 2 when the GPU heats up. Drops from a perfect 71fps to 35-68FPS. Do I have the same issue? Let us know what the new system acts like with gaming, please!

    And anyone can confirm A03 is a solution?
     
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    Do you have your power options set to "home/office desk" did you disable the bios options to let windows control your cpu frequency, aka ala speedstep?

    Normally when a GPU gets hot the fan spins faster. If it's to the point the bios is throttling the frequency to save the GPU from damage...then Dell has a SERIOUS issue.

    I would really like your feedback since I am thinking about an m4400 with quad core and this is a deal breaker.
     
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    I game on XP pro, my power options is "minimal power management". This is the best one right? Should I or should I not disable speedstep?
     
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