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July 7, 2014 11:05:50 AM

Hey everyone,

I purchased my MSI GX70 less than a year ago, and I've had a persistent problem. It seems as though something within my laptop is causing a MASSIVE bottleneck. My graphics card sits anywhere from 25-50% usage while playing BF4, but never goes past!

Specs:

CPU: AMD A10-5750m

GPU: Radeon HD 8970m / 2GB GDDR5

Memory: DDRIII(L) 8GB

Storage: HDD 750GB 7200RPM

If it is a CPU bottleneck, is there any way to test this? I mean the graphics card isn't working at the full potential... if I understand this correctly.

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July 7, 2014 11:23:59 AM

You don't have a dedicated graphics card, it's built into the A10. Multiplayer games will be harder on the CPU vs graphics compared to 1 player games.
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July 7, 2014 11:46:09 AM

bccorrupt said:
You don't have a dedicated graphics card, it's built into the A10. Multiplayer games will be harder on the CPU vs graphics compared to 1 player games.


That was a mistype. The CPU is AMD A10-5750m. It has the 8650G card.
However, my laptop also has the Radeon HD 8970m, as previously stated.
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July 7, 2014 12:01:37 PM

Ah, my bad read right past the 8970m part. Your CPU is weak compared to the 8970m, but BF4 isn't that hard on CPUs as long as it's any type of quad core or i3. What % is the CPU at during a run on BF4?
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July 7, 2014 12:45:35 PM

bccorrupt said:
Ah, my bad read right past the 8970m part. Your CPU is weak compared to the 8970m, but BF4 isn't that hard on CPUs as long as it's any type of quad core or i3. What % is the CPU at during a run on BF4?


100% throughout the entire conquest game on Paracel Storm.
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July 7, 2014 1:18:10 PM

After some research, maybe the CPU is more of a bottleneck to the GPU than I thought.

"The bad news then is that a 10% clock speed increase from Trinity isn't going to be enough to close the gap in many titles, depending on the resolution and quality settings. Looking at Trinity vs. Ivy Bridge with 7970M, I've seen Intel outperform AMD by 50% or more, particularly in titles that pound the CPU (e.g. Skyrim and StarCraft II); on other games, however, it's basically a wash at high quality 1080p settings, so as a more budget-friendly gaming notebook the GX70 has potential."
by Jarred Walton, AnandTech

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6949/msi-gx70-3be-richlan...

Check out the PCMARK scores here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/07/18/m...

If the game is CPU intensive, you're going to have troubles. I was right in my first comment about multiplayer games being hard on the CPU compared to the GPU.
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July 7, 2014 1:20:00 PM

bccorrupt said:
After some research, maybe the CPU is more of a bottleneck to the GPU than I thought.

"The bad news then is that a 10% clock speed increase from Trinity isn't going to be enough to close the gap in many titles, depending on the resolution and quality settings. Looking at Trinity vs. Ivy Bridge with 7970M, I've seen Intel outperform AMD by 50% or more, particularly in titles that pound the CPU (e.g. Skyrim and StarCraft II); on other games, however, it's basically a wash at high quality 1080p settings, so as a more budget-friendly gaming notebook the GX70 has potential."
by Jarred Walton, AnandTech

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6949/msi-gx70-3be-richlan...

Check out the PCMARK scores here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/07/18/m...

If the game is CPU intensive, you're going to have troubles. I was right in my first comment.


Other games being what exactly, then? If Battlefield 4 isn't that processor intensive... what does that mean for the rest of them?
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July 7, 2014 1:23:06 PM

BF4 isn't processor intensive, more like average. I'd imagine in something like Watchdogs it would be even worse.
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July 7, 2014 1:26:03 PM

bccorrupt said:
BF4 isn't processor intensive, more like average. I'd imagine in something like Watchdogs it would be even worse.


Well, time to sell this thing. Don't know if I'll be building a pc or saving for a higher-tier laptop. Thanks for all the help! Enjoy your day :) 
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July 7, 2014 1:29:54 PM

No problem, you too.
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