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Dreadp1r4te
12-08-2011, 03:01 AM
Hey guys, figured this would be the place to ask in case this beast of a laptop has some naunce I'm not aware of, but I bought this bad boy about 2 weeks ago and I'm kind of diappointed by a couple aspects of its performance... Seems like while the majority of the games I play the laptop handles with ease, others give it some trouble that I really don't think it should be experiencing for the hardware inside it. Star Trek Online, Eve Online, and other MMOs seem to play fine with 60 fps steady averages, but games like Skyrim (which has much lower requirements than this laptop offers) stutter down to an uncomfortable 8-12 fps when in certain caves, which really makes no sense as it renders the open environment outdoors with draw distances set to miles without a single hiccup. I've also noticed the problem in Battlefield 3; maintaining a playable 30 fps requires turning the graphics down to the Medium setting, and even then they drop to 15-20 in a firefight. I am running the latest nVidia drivers, 285.62, and that's about the only update I've done to the laptop; I've seen a few posts to indicate a new bios firmware is out, but it looks like it doesn't correct any performance issues. Is there something else I'm forgetting? Or is asking Asus's flagship gaming laptop to play a game that runs on a Xbox 360 too much to ask? O.o (and before I get flamed, yes I'm aware of all the down-scaling to get those games to run on console =P)

dstrakele
12-08-2011, 03:11 AM
Take a look at this thread and see if it helps: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?2329-ATTENTION-G73-53SW-Owners-CPU-Throttling-to-798mhz-and-how-to-fix-it&highlight=throttlestop

On newly released games, it is likely both the developer and video card driver developers will be releasing futture updates to increase game performance.

Dreadp1r4te
12-08-2011, 03:41 AM
That actually definitely helped, I'm running BF3 on almost all Ultra settings now except for Anti-Aliasing... averaging 30fps @ 1920x1080... very nice, thanks for the quick response!

dstrakele
12-08-2011, 03:46 AM
Glad to hear it! +1 to dkillone for that referenced post.

Dreadp1r4te
12-10-2011, 11:23 PM
Hate to dig this thread back up, but while I can play Battlefield 3 at its intended framerate with nearly all settings maxed, I'm still having trouble in Skyrim. It only happens in graphically semi-complex caves or interiors, never outside where the full environment exists. Any other suggestions, or can anyone else reproduce this? I'm sure I'm not the only g74sx owner with Skyrim... unless they all took an arrow to the knee...

dstrakele
12-11-2011, 03:20 AM
Can you better describe the "trouble' you observe in caves or interiors in Skyrim? Is is similar to this: http://www.reddit.com/r/skyrim/comments/mdcy2/weird_interior_shadow_glitch_not_shifting_shadows/

You might want to check out the NVIDIA 290.36 beta. It has a feature called "Ambient Occlusion":

"Ambient Occlusion
As mentioned, the 290.36 beta drivers now allow for the use of Ambient Occlusion directly through the control panel in the two most popular titles of the moment: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

If you're unfamiliar with Ambient Occlusion, it is most easily described as a way to make in-game shadowing more realistic, and therefore better."

I'm unsure if 290.36 will resolve your issue. Being a new game, you have to be prepared for issues that will require updates from the game or video card manufacturers.

Doan
12-11-2011, 03:45 AM
I get an FPS drop in the two large rooms in the thieves guild area, especially the second room. I assumed it was because my graphic settings were too high: Everything on highest settings, except shadows on medium and no AA. It doesn't happen often enough for me to reduce my settings to try and improve it.

dstrakele
12-11-2011, 03:55 AM
Here are some threads in the Skyrim forum you may wish to read:
http://skyrimforums.org/threads/master-list-of-known-issues.2491/
http://skyrimforums.org/threads/performance-lag-issue.2368/

Carlos_F
12-11-2011, 09:02 PM
I know mostly everyone got their solutions, but sometimes people stumble upon these threads ages from now looking for an alternate solution. So here's one of mine, hoping it helps someone some day :P

Something that happened to me in Mirror's Edge and might possibly happen in other games: I would pull a solid 60+ FPS in various scenes but then suddenly the FPS would plummet to ~10. Turns out, disabling PHYSX capability within the game solved the problem. Similarly, as was previously stated, disabling/lowering anti-aliasing can help in a similar way.

dstrakele
12-11-2011, 09:14 PM
+1 Carlos! Good information