Hello! My laptop seems to have a billion programs that all affect the GPU so it's all kind of confusing. Anyways, my laptop has a 650M as well as an Intel HD Graphics 4000, but it seems to be suing the graphics 4000 for everything. In the NVIDIA control panel, I've already set the 3D settings to prefer the "High-performance NVIDIA processor" instead of the default "Auto-select" or the other option "Integrated graphics." Also, on my laptop there's a button labeled VGA that controls the NVIDIA optimus setting. I have it set so the VGA LED is orange, which according to the manual means that it is set to go between integrated GPU and the discreet GPU as shown when the dGPU and iGPU LEDs switch between themselves, rather than if it was green it would be locoked into the integrated GPU.
Problem is that according to MSI Afterburner, my GPU usage always stays at 0%, even though it recognizes the 650M. Here's a screenshot:
This was after playing Shogun 2 on the campaign map on medium everything for about 30 seconds, then alt tabbing out then grabbing a screenshot. So it seems thatboth the "Memory ****" and the "Core clock," whatever those is, drops down to 0 when I'm in the game, then rises back to 745 when I'm alt-tabbed out. You can see GPU usage stays at 0% throughout. Temperature rose slightly, but I'm playing in a very cold room for a very short time. Why is this happening?
NVIDIA drivers are the latest (310.90), again the 3D settings is set to High-performance, the NVIDIA optimus is on AND the light indicates that the GPU is working (orange light on the dGPU LED, rather than a green light on the iLED).
Edit: Oh and I get around 50 FPS in League of Legends ultra everything except no shadows and like 10 FPS in medium Shogun no shadows. Is that normal 650M performance? Is the GPU worknig the whole time, so I can't really expect better performance from the card? Thing is, other people have reported SOLID fps in Shogun 2 ultra everything, so I'm almost absolutely sure it's my card.