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Nvidia 9600m gt bad performance

hey everybody,

I've been having some trouble with my laptop.
I bought it around 7 months ago.
The problem is that i'm not getting the performance that I should get in games. It's not even close to the ones I see posted on the internet for example on http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-9600M-GT.9449.0.html
for example I have to play cod4 on medium settings and still I get fps as low as 25 and 37 average.
I also tried playing older games like halo: combat evolved, I get full 60 fps but as some places I get 24, and that's a game from 2003
first thing I thought was my laptop was overheating, so I tried rivatuner and evga precision to turn the fan speed up, but it's all grey
do you guys have any Idea's of what I could do?
also, I do have the latest drivers for the cpu and gpu

the spec's for the laptop are :
compal Jhl90:
processor :intel core 2 t6400
ram : 4gb ram 800mhz
graphics : nvidia 9600m gt
os : windows vista sp2 64bit
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  1. What are your temperatures like?

    Try using a different driver - not necessarily the latest (though they should be the best).
  2. frozenlead said:
    What are your temperatures like?

    Try using a different driver - not necessarily the latest (though they should be the best).


    thanks for helping me out,

    when i'm surfing the web and stuff it's around 59 C,
    but during a game like demigod it goes up to 80 C
    I tried using diffrent drivers, even older ones
    I didn't get better performance though.

    at the start of the game everything goes smoothly, but
    after a little while it starts performing really bad....
    anything else I could do?
    for example a way to crank the fan speed up?
  3. Your temps are high, but within limits. No, there's no way to turn up the fan speed on notebooks - it's controlled by the BIOS as a function of temperature and utilization.

    Try taking your notebook to the garage and blowing out the heatsinks with compressed air. Check your CPU temps, too.
  4. frozenlead said:
    Your temps are high, but within limits. No, there's no way to turn up the fan speed on notebooks - it's controlled by the BIOS as a function of temperature and utilization.

    Try taking your notebook to the garage and blowing out the heatsinks with compressed air. Check your CPU temps, too.


    allright i'll try that
    to be honest though, I don't think that's the problem ,because it is still fairly new
    but i'll give it a go anyway
  5. Ehsan w said:
    allright i'll try that
    to be honest though, I don't think that's the problem ,because it is still fairly new
    but i'll give it a go anyway



    so i tried cleaning the heatsink, but it's still the same.
    the cpu temps. are around 53-57 degrees C. when I'm browsing the web
    it also gets hot when I'm playing games, around 80, do you think the gpu could be heating the cpu?
    also, anything else I can try?
  6. 80C is a problem. That's just too high. Use CPUz to check your clockspeed as you play games - you should see it go down when the temperatures start to increase that high.

    If your heatsinks are clean, there's not much else you can do to cool the notebook down. Try propping it up from the table and/or get a cooling pad.
  7. I had this problem as well with an hp. solution is fairly simple, drivers. update your drivers to 186.81 off of the nvidia website. i run DoW 2 mostly high at 1280x768 mostly high getting about 25 fps, not awesome but it was an improvement over all medium settings at 1280x720
  8. He already tried using different drivers.
  9. rockinthepe said:
    I had this problem as well with an hp. solution is fairly simple, drivers. update your drivers to 186.81 off of the nvidia website. i run DoW 2 mostly high at 1280x768 mostly high getting about 25 fps, not awesome but it was an improvement over all medium settings at 1280x720


    but are your spec's the same?
  10. frozenlead said:
    80C is a problem. That's just too high. Use CPUz to check your clockspeed as you play games - you should see it go down when the temperatures start to increase that high.

    If your heatsinks are clean, there's not much else you can do to cool the notebook down. Try propping it up from the table and/or get a cooling pad.


    cpu-z shows the cpu to run at 1200Mhz right now, even with the power plan turned to "performance",
    could this be a problem? (when i'm on the desktop)
    well I played a full game of demigod, all settings on Med. I got shitty fps the whole game, but I kept going,
    First cpu got to 82 degrees, seconde got to 84 degrees C. The speed stayed at 1994.96 MHz,
    The GPU though, did slow down.
    it started like this :
    Core: 500 Mhz
    Shaders: 1250 Mhz
    Memory: 400 Mhz

    after 2 minutes of playing the game it went down to this:
    Core: 400 Mhz
    Shaders: 800 Mhz
    Memory: 400 Mhz

    also, what should the cpu temperature be like on average laptops?
  11. Your GPU is downclocking. Hm. Do you have the temps for the card?

    Your CPU should be ideally below 70, but high 70s and on are too hot. High 80s and up are dangerous.
  12. frozenlead said:
    Your GPU is downclocking. Hm. Do you have the temps for the card?

    Your CPU should be ideally below 70, but high 70s and on are too hot. High 80s and up are dangerous.


    GPU-Z gives me this:

    core clock
    lowest: 169 Mhz
    average: 325 Mhz
    max : 500 Mhz

    memory clock

    lowest: 100mhz
    average:250 Mhz
    Highest: 400 Mhz

    Temp
    lowest : 61 degrees
    average: 71 degrees (also alt tabbing to the desktop)
    highest: 79 degrees

    I don't think the average is exact, cuz I had to look them up like 1 minute after closing the game, so it went down a little

    Is there anything I can do to lower the Cpu temperature?
    without buying a cooler for it?
  13. Your GPU seems to be okay. Why it's downclocking itself is beyond me..

    You can lower the CPU temp by cleaning the heatsinks completely (removing them from the notebook) and replacing your thermal paste...but that's about it.
  14. could it be switching modes very fast?
    maybe because I had to switch between programs, and it just switched really fast, because I selected it to show me the "current" speeds, instead of maximum speeds.
    thanks anyway
  15. Hi I run a HP Pavilion dv5 notebook with Intel Core duo cpu t9400 @ 2.53ghz each core and the 512mb nvid 9600m GT - playing fear2 all medium @ 1024x 768 she gets hot playing that game - not really any frame rate issues besides that would be expected if i tried to run it at higher settings - got riva tuner to check temps - was advised by another site to offset this temp if its displaying higher then 59-60'c at idle running a core clock/ROP of 168.75mhz core clock/shader domain 337.50mhz Memory clock 100mhz - did a little more research on the gpu has max temp load of 105'c :) that seems a lot higher then what earlier posters have been saying - initially at idle it was showing a core temp of 67'c so offset the temp 7 degrees.

    Arched up Fear2 - played for 30 mins - reached temps of 95-98'c max - this is if i raise the lappy off the table with a couple of raises giving 1cm clearance - had it shut my comp down if you dont run it with clearance - has a temperature fail safe built in.
    Core clock/ROP Domain is on a constant 500mhz when playing this game
    core clock / shader domain runs at constant 1250mhz
    memory clock at a constant 399.6mhz

    Its a pushy game - performs well considering - but the old palm does get a bit warm
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