Topic Title: Horrible fullscreen performance
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Created On: 06/26/2014 10:29 PM
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 06/26/2014 10:29 PM
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Bajka
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Hello,

I've been using my Dell Inspiron 3537 for a while now, and every single game I have played so far I was forced to switch to windowed mode, or suffer immense performance drop (literally down to 1 fps). Lowering display settings either in-game or through CCC does not make any difference. Some time ago, I have tried updating the drivers and CCC itself - this caused the Intel HD Graphics integrated GPU as well as the dedicated Radeon 8550 to fail miserably, which resulted in some blue screens and made me restore my system from an earlier backup. This is probably because of the current drivers package being strictly designed for my hardware.

Some details about my laptop:

Windows 8.1 (version 6.3.9600) 64 bit
Intel Core i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz, 2401 MHz, Cores: 2, Logical (?) processors: 4.
Installed memory: 8 GB RAM
BIOS version/date: Dell Inc. A06, 2013-09-27
SMBIOS version: 2.7
Motherboard manufacturer: Dell Inc. (could not find more info on it)

Dedicated Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 8850M 2048 MB GDDR5 (0x6823)
Driver version: 13.151.0.0
BIOS version: 015.032.000.004 (2013/05/13)

Integrated Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Family 2GB
Driver version: 10.18.10.3277

CCC  version: 2013.1206.1603.28764

PS: I have just realised that Catalyst Control Center is somewhat dependant on Microsoft.NET. Could this be in any way related to my problem?

 06/27/2014 02:50 AM
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Thanny
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You'd probably have to get any drivers directly from Dell.

As for performance, that's a pretty slow CPU, and not at all a fast GPU.  I have a laptop from 2008 with a pair of GPU's that are each maybe 10% faster than the 8550. 

You aren't going to be running many games at high performance levels with that mix of hardware.

 06/27/2014 03:01 AM
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Originally posted by: Bajka Hello, I've been using my Dell Inspiron 3537 for a while now, and every single game I have played so far I was forced to switch to windowed mode, or suffer immense performance drop (literally down to 1 fps). Lowering display settings either in-game or through CCC does not make any difference. Some time ago, I have tried updating the drivers and CCC itself - this caused the Intel HD Graphics integrated GPU as well as the dedicated Radeon 8550 to fail miserably, which resulted in some blue screens and made me restore my system from an earlier backup. This is probably because of the current drivers package being strictly designed for my hardware.

Some details about my laptop:

Windows 8.1 (version 6.3.9600) 64 bit Intel Core i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz, 2401 MHz, Cores: 2, Logical (?) processors: 4. Installed memory: 8 GB RAM BIOS version/date: Dell Inc. A06, 2013-09-27 SMBIOS version: 2.7 Motherboard manufacturer: Dell Inc. (could not find more info on it) Dedicated Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 8850M 2048 MB GDDR5 (0x6823) Driver version: 13.151.0.0 BIOS version: 015.032.000.004 (2013/05/13) Integrated Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Family 2GB Driver version: 10.18.10.3277

CCC  version: 2013.1206.1603.28764

PS: I have just realised that Catalyst Control Center is somewhat dependant on Microsoft.NET. Could this be in any way related to my problem?

No...Win 8.1 has the correct version as default.

 Your problem is trying to install AMD's generic drivers. You need to read this. As mentioned above, you should get your drivers from the manufacturer...or your other option is using the Leshcat mobility drivers.



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Intel I7 960 @ 3.87ghz *Intel DX58SO *AMD R9 290 4gb *Corsair TX650M *2x4gb Corsair XMS3 *WD Black 1TB *Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit ***Asus N71Jq laptop *Intel I7 720QM Processor *Mobility Radeon HD5730 1gb *8gb Ram *Windows 7 64bit ** Toshiba P75-A7200 * Intel I7-4700MQ * Windows 8.1 64bit 


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 06/27/2014 11:31 AM
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Bajka
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How come a graphics card from 2008 is better than one from 2013? Doesn't matter - as I have said, when using windowed/borderless the performance is great, even on ultra settings, which is completely fine by me.

Thank you, stumped, for clearing things up for me. I have already tried with Dell driver packages, as well as generic AMD drivers. I guess my only option is contacting the Dell Support... or Leshcat mobility drivers, of which I've never heard before. Could you tell me anything about them?

 06/27/2014 02:06 PM
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Leshcat has been around for quite awhile. His drivers take the latest AMD drivers...pair it with the latest Intel drivers, and allows you to install them over the existing factory supplied drivers without breaking the 'switchable' program that the laptop manufacturer has developed. You can Google it. Leshcat drivers are widely used.

Leshcat modded drivers

 



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Intel I7 960 @ 3.87ghz *Intel DX58SO *AMD R9 290 4gb *Corsair TX650M *2x4gb Corsair XMS3 *WD Black 1TB *Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit ***Asus N71Jq laptop *Intel I7 720QM Processor *Mobility Radeon HD5730 1gb *8gb Ram *Windows 7 64bit ** Toshiba P75-A7200 * Intel I7-4700MQ * Windows 8.1 64bit 


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 06/27/2014 07:24 PM
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Bajka
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I will try them out. Thanks again for helping a poor peon

 06/30/2014 06:53 AM
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Originally posted by: Bajka How come a graphics card from 2008 is better than one from 2013?

 

Same reason a 1993 Corvette is faster than a 2014 Prius.

 

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