Tried a lot of stuff and nothing worked. It could be a driver/software issue? I played Scania Truck Driver with the desktop and was getting only 30 fps and 100% GPU usage with the 1.0 version. After installing the latest patch I got 60 FPS with 90% GPU usage. If it's the driver, will it ever get fixed? I have 1 month time to return it.
I would consider a external GPU, plenty of them around and at varying price/features. This does require the laptop to have a Thunderbolt connection. If you were to return it and get one without a discrete card (or a cheap one) and a good processor with a Thunderbolt connection..it should cost you less. In the future, you can upgrade the graphics card if you wish, not buy a new laptop.
Interesting, I didn't even know they existed. But they're not available where I live. So I'm thinking my only options are to try and find a solution and if I still get the low FPS, return it and wait for a sale on something else. By the way, full power (45W) processors are always much better than low power ones (15W) right? I don't see much difference in the benchmarks between i5 gen 7 full power and i5 gen 8 low power.
All laptops are designed to run on low power...to extend battery life. That is the main selling point. To achieve that..they cripple everything else. People who want to use their laptops for demanding applications (gaming is one) or running a wall sized monitor/TV pay a big price for that...$2000-$3000,,,and it still won't outperform a desktop (which cost much less). My opinion is a laptop for school and a desktop for gaming. If not that, then a external GPU card that you leave at home until you feel the need to shoot/race/hypnotize someone or thing, then you simply plug it in and game on.
Well, thing is I needed the laptop for some "mobile" stuff and thought at the sale price of 450$ (converted from local currency) why not get one with a dedicated GPU and connect it to TV and play some games from my game collection. Everywhere I read it said it's got the performance of desktop RX 550 which is like a GT 1030 which I am pleased with. I don't know what's to blame: driver, CPU, false info on the RX 550 likeness, I don't know. I still have time to play with it and return if I continue to get integrated GPU like performance.
Could it be because of the small power brick? It's actually rated at 65W and 73W power consumption. CPU is 15W, GPU 35W, there is also mainboard, screen, 1 ram module, SSD, battery charging, USB peripherals, etc. Maybe the GPU doesn't have the power required to run at full speed? If so, what power should I buy for a universal charger? Thought of 100W but can only find 90W ones at reasonable prices.
With 90W power supply it's still hitting a maximum of 60-65W power consumption. Also, Unigine Valley DirectX 11 Benchmark only gets me 20 FPS on the "Extreme" setting. I was getting a lot more with the desktop. So it's not just with older DirectX 9 games. I'm really running out of options...