I just recently received my brand new laptop from Xoticpc.com the other day and I'm pleased with the speed of it and how it looks and feels. The problem I am having is I upgraded it to Windows 8 Pro for 15$ and I'm having problems with the graphics switching. When I try out games like BF3 I have to use Medium settings or the computer lags significantly which makes me believe the graphics are on the Intel 4000 and not the AMD 7970. Also when I play Napoleon Total War or Shogun 2 Total War it shows the graphic card in use in the options which states the Intel 4000. I just recently found out that people are having a lot of trouble with the graphics switching but I haven't found a fix and was wondering if anyone knows of a fix for the 7970m with Windows 8. I have all the drivers up to date and also installed the AMD latest beta drivers that were released a few days ago. Nothing seems to work and the graphics are on medium but when I see others playing on there systems on YouTube I see them with their settings on Ultra with the same computer. The reason why I spent 1700$ on this laptop was for the graphics to be on high since I'm an airline pilot and always on the road, I can't have a desktop to haul around the airport. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
You will note that there has been a bug with the 7970m that causes severe gpu throttling in some cases and still looks to only be partially fixed right now. I am pretty sure the issue is the same in W7 so I would research it further before rolling back if for some crazy reason you prefer W8 (I would rollback to 7 regardless if it was me though).
Thanks for the reply guys, I actually didn't check it out on Windows 7 because I was wanting the 15$ upgrade option for Windows 8 Pro but so far I'm not impressed; I'm not sure if this problem is still happening with Windows 7 though as well; not sure If I wanted to spend another day dedicated to reformating to find out nothing helped.