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mihai_alex7
Adept I

RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

Hi. I bought an Acer A515-41G-F2SH laptop and I'm getting much lower FPS than expected, about 2-3 times lower than my desktop with GT 1030 (should be similar as the GT has the same chip as the MX150, competitor of the RX 540). I installed some old games on it and I'm getting 35 FPS in Assassin's Creed 1 vs 90-100 FPS with the desktop, 25 FPS in Blur vs 60+ with the desktop. I tested 8 other old games and it's the same problem. I generally play them at 1080p max settings as these aren't too demanding games. I also installed a new game, League of Legends and I'm getting 2 times lower FPS. Temps are okay and CPU usage never hits 100% on any core so it shouldn't be a bottleneck, right? I already installed latest GPU driver, older GPU driver from the Acer website, activated "performance" setting to use the dedicated GPU, updated laptop BIOS, set Windows power options to "high performance". Is it a driver issue that is going to be fixed?

Laptop specs:

Windows 10 64 bit

FX 9800P Quad Core up to 3.60 Ghz

RX 540 2GB GDDR5

8GB DDR4

256 GB SSD

1080p display

Desktop Specs:

Windows 10 64 bit

i3-6100

GT 1030 2GB GDDR5

8GB DDR4

120 GB SSD

1080p display

I know the desktop CPU is much better but I'm not hitting anywhere near 100% CPU usage in the games.

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georges
Challenger

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

Did you ever try drivers from AMD website ? AMD Drivers and Support for Radeon, Radeon Pro, FirePro, APU, CPU, Ryzen, desktops, laptops

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Make a clean install (use DDU safe mode)

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mihai_alex7
Adept I

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

Tried the clean install with the latest optional driver and it's the same thing. Already tried the optional driver, stable driver, old driver from Acer website which seems to use both the discrete and integrated GPUs in games but without much FPS difference. These are the stats I'm getting in Assassin's Creed 1:

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In other games I'm getting 100% GPU usage but still low FPS.

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pislickb3
Journeyman III

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

I bought this pc too and im getting 35-50 fps on cs go lowest settings and im sure its not using intergrated gpu its using rx540 but it getting still low fps if you solved this problem can you help me ?

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georges
Challenger

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

If you test it with modern games what is the result ?

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kingfish
MVP

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

You may be expecting too much from your laptop. The processor/graphics it's self is no speed demon...rated for only " Many games from 2015/2016 can be played smoothly at low settings. AMD Bristol Ridge FX-9800P Notebook Processor - NotebookCheck.net Tech

The RX540 is not a fast graphics chip..in a desktop. Laptop performance will be worse.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmarks - Video Card Look Up

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mihai_alex7
Adept I

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

That's the thing, I only want it for internet browsing (for which it is performing fine) and to play some classic games on it connected to a TV via HDMI cable and using wireless controller. I also bought it on a big sale but I'm disappointed I'm not getting the performance advertised (mobile version of the desktop RX 550). On PassMark it has a bigger score than GT 1030 by the way.

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kingfish
MVP

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

It's a very common misconception fostered by the laptop manufacturers to offer the "latest and Greatest!!!" hardware available in the CPU and GPU and confuse the buying public.

There is a discussion about it here and a idea how to make it a competent gaming laptop.

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mihai_alex7
Adept I

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

I see. I don't know that much about laptops, this is the first one I buy with a dedicated GPU. About the throttling, I get about 65 degrees C on the GPU under load. I also have one of those power consumption meters and I have 65W consumption in gaming. The power brick is rated at 75W. I don't know what to do now. If I return it and opt for an MX150 with SSD and 8 GB RAM it's an extra 250$. I really want it fixed.   

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mihai_alex7
Adept I

Re: RX 540 Laptop lower FPS than normal

The only new game I tested is League of Legends and FPS is at 60 only if there is not much on the screen. Never had any lag in It with the 1030.

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