Good laptop but very poor bench mark scores?

#1MegamanX97Posted 2/23/2013 7:17:08 AM
I tried the bench mark on multiple resolutions and adjusted the settings, but I just can't seem to score over 1500.

I own an alienware laptop.

Intel Core i7-3610QM
16 gb of Ram
GeForce GTX660M
750 GB of space

I run all my other games max and full resolution. Don't understand why my computer can't even touch this. I did update my drivers recently, but I guess I could take a look if there are more updated ones out.
#2The 3rd OraclePosted 2/23/2013 7:22:22 AM
Could be something as simple as making sure the dedicated card is actually being used for the benchmark. Make sure your AC adapter is plugged in as well.

You should definitely be scoring higher.
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#3MegamanX97(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2013 7:23:48 AM
ahh. I bet you are right, I think it is automatically choosing the onboard graphics card instead of the actual good card.
#4The_Down_BelowPosted 2/23/2013 9:24:55 AM
^ Yes.

You should be getting at least 5k on that benchmark @ 1080p.
#5MegamanX97(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2013 10:28:25 AM
Thanks for the info. Is there any way I can get the Benchmark to choose my good graphics card?
#6Maxo996Posted 2/23/2013 10:36:42 AM
If your benchmark is open, close it.

Click once on benchmark icon to highlight it (do not double-click and open it).

Now, right-click on benchmark icon.

Hover over 'Run with graphics processor >'

Then click on 'High performance NVIDIA processor' or whatever yours is, aka-not the integrated graphics processor.
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#7MegamanX97(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2013 10:47:11 AM
Thanks! I will give that a try! Appreciate the info.
#8potatochobitPosted 2/23/2013 12:28:34 PM
make sure ur cpu power and gpu are not being throttled in any of your power saving features

also, I'm not sure if you know, but you own a laptop, bro
dont expect anything higher than 2000 score.

your laptop is good for gaming at medium settings
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#9TanthalasPosted 2/23/2013 12:30:51 PM
Yeah, I have the same problem with my laptop. Nvidia cards are supposed to come with some fantastic technology where, to conserve power, the laptop will only use the Nvidia card when its necessary. The problem is that it doesn't really work so you should always force the laptop to use the Nvidia card when opening a game.

Still, there is something weird going on. All the specs on my laptop are worse than yours and when I start up the benchmark using the Intel 3000HD card I still manage to get 1900ish on medium settings. If I use my GT 520MX it goes up to 2900ish.
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#10MegamanX97(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2013 5:25:01 PM
potatochobit I guess I can prove your theory wrong. I forced the benchmark to use the graphics card. On maximum resolutuion at 1920 x 1200 I scored 3,546. I guess this laptop isn't as bad as you may has suspected.

Thanks for all the info guys. Really appreciate it.