This is why you don't buy laptops for gaming.

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  1. leafeon34
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    A week ago I got a new laptop. It costed roughly $2000AUD. It looked cool at the store, AMD A12 CPU, 16 GB RAM and a 4k graphics card (whatever that means, it outputs 1080p).

    I played a copy of Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun which I purchased from GOG. With the graphics set to "low" the game runs at about 25 fps. Not ideal, but good enough for me. The game is fun.

    I was thinking of buying Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy off Steam. But I thought that before buying it I should first see how it runs using a copy obtained from a certain Swedish torrent site. I was like wow, the graphics are amazing. It's a shame the game runs at 10fps. I really, really wanted to play this game. Sooner or later I'll get a PS4/XBONE but for the time being I have to skip it.

    If you want to play PC games buy a desktop, not a laptop.
     
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    That's why you shouldn't rely in integrated graphics...
    But are ya sure it's not the game? Or your power management set to battery saving?
     
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    Like migles said, check your power saving options and set everything to max performance.
    And yeh, relying on a intergrated GFX card like Intel is a sure recipe for sluggish games.
     
  4. CheatFreak47

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    Are you sure you aren't accidentally having games using the CPU's integrated graphics mode?
    What Graphics Card does it actually have, that is important information.
     
  5. Byokugen

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    Just a bit to the right, or was left...
    Give laptop brand and model name
     
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    Sometimes you have to assign the dedicated gfx card to be used for particular games/apps so check that it’s not using the on board on instead.
     
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    Just a bit to the right, or was left...
    Believe it or not, km player wont use my gpu on laptop, just Intel's integrated crap
     
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    Did you go into the gfx cards settings?
     
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    Just a bit to the right, or was left...
    I know all that stuff. Just nvidia control panel has it grated out.
     
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    That blows.
     
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    you should try checking this site, enter the game your thinking of playing and it will run a system check and tell you:
    https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri

    but yea laptops are always crap for gaming, unless you shell out for a shit hot system. but most retail laptops use old recycled parts.

    makes me laugh when you see CURRYS PC WORLD advertise laptops claiming SUPER FAST BLAH BLAH CRAP INTEL PROCESSOR.... yup but they dont tell you how it actually performs.
     
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    Just a bit to the right, or was left...
    I believe you mean Intel C2D, Crap2Duo
     
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    Dat marketing bullshit. Most likely, that's the A12's integrated GPU
     
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    You got ripped off. AMD APUs are terrible for pretty much anything, gaming included. They're also really cheap so there's no justification for that price tag.

    My gaming laptop that cost about the same as yours over 4 years ago still runs almost anything i throw at it on high settings and 1080p. But it's running an Ivy Bridge i7 and a Radeon HD7970M.
    I briefly tried a laptop with an AMD APU (A10) and a HD7970M before I got this one, it was tempting because it seemed like a really good deal, but it wasn't. The APU was bottlenecking everything and even Windows and programs were slightly sluggish. I promptly returned it and got this one instead for 50% more, and I've been using it ever since. It runs everything the other one struggled with easily, even though it's the same GPU. Goes to show how terrible these APUs really are.

    Bottom line, you can get a gaming laptop that works. You just have to do some research and not buy the first thing you see.
    I suggest you return that laptop if you haven't already and look for one with an i5 or i7.
     
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    The only games that you can play on laptops are very old games (like age of empire) or something like minecraft :/
     
  17. CheatFreak47

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    Chances are the bulk of what he paid for is a mobile dedicated GPU that he isn't using by mistake (common user error)
    And also... AMD CPUs are far better than they used to be, and CPU performance isn't usually the driving force behind PC gaming anyway. A weak CPU will of course bottleneck performance in the right situation, but the OP opted for preaching that gaming laptops are shit instead of asking for help like he should have.

    Maybe he should've posted some actual specs too.
    There's no way he paid 2000$ AUD (about 1600$ US) for a laptop without a dedicated GPU- especially if it's being marketed as a Gaming laptop.
    Unless the OP is a colossal idiot.
     
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    It seems like you rushed into buying a laptop you should always shop around for the best deal with expensive laptops. In the UK I could buy a gaming laptop with an 7th gen I7, gtx 1060 and 16gb of ram and a good amount of storage for the same price.
     
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    Many games these days are CPU bound to some degree, although with a decent CPU that usually isn't a problem. With a price like that I can only assume that the PC has a pretty beefy graphics card but is being held back by the AMD APU, like the laptop I owned for a few days.
     
  20. InsaneNutter

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    That's not true at all.

    If you spend money on a laptop with a good GPU you can play anything.
     
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