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how to make my gpu work at full potential

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August 22, 2013 6:09:24 AM

Ok, i have bought a Lenovo z500 notebook, and i like to play WarZ but it is soo laggy, i can run farcry3 at high at 30 stable fps but i cant even break 20 fps in warz, but then i noticed that while when i play farcry3 my laptop heats up but while i play warz it stays as cool as if it simply wasnt taking advantage of the gpu/cpu
specs:
CPU: intel core i5 3230m 2.6GHz
GPU: nVidia geforce gt 740m (the gk208 version so it is most similar to a gt 735m)
RAM: 6gb
i know it is like the worst optimized game in the world but i would at least expect my pc to heat up as any pc does under stress
August 22, 2013 7:03:09 AM

That's a weak gpu. Run gpuz and log to file and after you're done playing look at the max gpu usage. If it is 99% then there is nothing you can do. You shouldn't expect much from that laptop as far as gaming goes.
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August 22, 2013 7:22:35 AM

Alas, short of the driver not working (and trying a different driver) there is nothing you can do to make a game utilize your hardware more than it already does. You can research the games you're playing and see if there are any texture optimization packs.

Your system heating up is not necessarily an indication of performance. I remember back when Crysis Warhead (or maybe 2) was being reviewed, it revealed a lot of extraneous rendering of objects that the user never sees or can interact with. Making the hardware do something doesn't mean you're getting any benefit.
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August 22, 2013 8:22:03 AM

well today nvidia released a new driver and amazingly now i can play on medium at maximum resolution with 30+ fps THANK YOU NVIDIA!! yea so now i can play, as you said my gpu is weak, but my gpu runs farcry 3 on high settings at 30+ fps and around 25 fps on very high so i dont think it is that bad,
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