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GeForce 5650 performance issues..


Griff

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Alright, so I've been trying to find some answers to the problems I've been having with my video card. I've tried about 5 or 6 different drivers and so far I've found that the 82.10 is the most reliable, but that still isn't very good. I've benchmarked in 3dmark01SE and my highest score was around 6500 with low detail, AA off, at 1280x800 @ 32. I've been reading a lot of high score on here for my card, and I've tried the drivers mentioned when obtaining the high score, but I still have no luck at all.

I mainly play Counter-Strike Condition Zero and my machine is like 3 times over the min. req. in all aspects, one would think that I shouldn't be having any sort of performance drop during gameplay, but it never fails. I'll be around like 200-250 fps and then all of a sudden it'll drop down to like 80 or less in certain areas, I even have my res. set at 800x600, AA off, Vert. Sync off, highest performance, OC'ed to 335 and 610... Even without lowering anything I should still get a decently steady framerate correct?

Hopefully someone might have some kind of an answer as to why my framerate isn't steady, it used to be steady like last year, then all of a sudden no matter what I do it'll fluctuate..

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Nvidia finally got back to me last week after discussing my issue in-game. The guy said:

Hello,

I would think that you are CPU limited and not GPU limited with such a legacy game. More so, when playing on large maps with lots of players on screen I would maybe turn on Vertical sync and triple buffering if applicable at such a low resolution. Also when you play games you will get better performance using AC power instead of DC battery. Since you have a proprietary Dell with custom drivers you will need to work with them for any other official support.

Best regards,

NVIDIA

Last I checked, my machine exceeds the min and max requirements for Condition Zero. I would like a faster processor, but that just won't happen short of buying a new laptop, which I can't afford anyway. I did switch over to vertical sync, my framerate stays at a pretty constant 59.9 - 60. I'm not sure if it's just me, but it seems quite a bit different with this change.

Anyone have any more input? Nvidia certainly didn't help much. Talking to Dell is a joke, maybe I'll post on their forum or something.

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This sounds to me as heat is responsible for the sudden drop of your FPS. PowerMizer and/or some DELL propietary OverHeating Protection (maybe additionally the system's BIOS) is enabling a SpeedReduction of CPU and GPU to prevent frying.

I suggest a cleaning of the fans and using i8kFanGUI to get better control over i8000's temperature and fans.

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Yeah, I made sure my fan and heatsink were nice and clean. Should I consider taking the laptop apart and blowing off the inside components?

I'll have to take a look at the fan program also, thanks.

Sorry, that was me as Guest, forgot to log in.

//Merged. -Bill

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I grabbed the fan control program and I put it on the Games profile. It's showing my Cpu temp is around 40º and my GPU temp is pretty steady at 59º. Would you suggest just leaving it at these settings and profile?

Under the Games profile, the fan turns on slow at 50º and then fast at 60+º. I'm seeing other things like maintain speed and whatnot. Not quite sure what else what would help other than setting the profile.

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Don't let it turn on TOO much, but 60 C is pretty low really, mine probably gets up to almost 70 gaming.

I let my BIOS control things, but then your situation is different.

The games profile is probably more fan turning on aggresive than the BIOS, so it should stay cooler, but the fans do wear out someday you know.

Mine doesn't overheat but I probably need to do a heat mod or something, my GPU doesn't get cooled as good as CPU.

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Would you suggest making my fans turn on at a higher temp than what they are now? Idle my CPU is like 50 C and my GPU is like 60 C. Gaming my GPU is around 70 C. What kind of things is there to do with the GPU to make it run cooler? You mentioned a heat mod, what does that entail?

Maybe I could just up the temps by 10 degrees, so have the slow fan turn on at like 60 rather than 50, and the fast fan turn on at 70.. I do notice my fan turn on and off quite frequently at the moment. I just wouldn't want anything to overheat.

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I was doing some research, didn't find anything about a heat mod. No responce yet from anyone on my questions about the fan gui or what a heat mod is.

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I decided to reformat since my computer was startng to run like garbage. Right now I just have the stock driver that Windows Update gave me for the card, ran NVTweak to get all the other options. It seems to run about the same in-game as all the other drivers. Would going with a moded driver help at all? With like temperature or resources.

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Centrino processor is really slow for that game... ALso, use coolbits and see what the clock settings are... If they are really low(mine were) them selct the manualk overclocking button - agree to the warning and press the rest defaults... This sped mine up....

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