Problem with performance on CS1.6 with my new laptop

By Volksung ยท 10 replies
Feb 18, 2013
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  1. Hello, I for a very long time have this problem with low performance on CS1.6 with my new laptop.
    So I bought an Asus K53SC, that comes with a Intel HD graphics and a Nvidia GeForce 520MX, Win7 Ultimate 64b.
    The problem is, I can't play CS1.6 in fullscreen, I have this black bars on the sides, only have 3 different resolutions to choose, and I think the GT520MX is not "launching" when I open CS1.6, because I can't get good performance, I have like ~50fps max and some textures degradation.
    Every game else that I have (Warframe,D3,LoL,BLR) is working perfectly fine, just CS1.6 that is not working correctly.
    My screen resolution is 1366x768, at 60Hz.
    i5-2430M CPU @ 2.4GHz
    4GB Ram

    I would really apreciate some help because CS1.6 is my alltime favorite game and the first game I bought, and I would like to play it to its fullest.

  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    You need to choose 16:9 as the aspect ratio. This will show up with more resolution choices.

    If you have vertical sync turned on, you'll be limited to 60fps too.
  3. Volksung

    Volksung TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I can now select lots of resolutions and the game is starting to be the way I wanted, but theres still a problem. It keeps lauching with the Intel HD and not the Nvidia, so im still not getting my 100fps and my fps are all over the place, but mostly in the house of the 40-60.
    Need some help with this.

  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Are you running 314 drivers?
  5. Volksung

    Volksung TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes. I updated for the 314.07 drivers.
  6. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    You will probably need to boot into bios and disable integrated graphics and enable your Nvidia card as the primary.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    And maybe disable turbo boost while your at it (dont do this if you use your laptop on battery)..
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    How would turbo boost disabled have an adverse effect on battery life?
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Turbo boost works this way: When you are doing less strenuous tasks, it uses the lower clock speed, but as tasks become more strenuous the clock speed rises. I notice that when I have turbo boost on during gameing my clock speeds stay mainly at the highest but sometimes fluctuate. I use it as a desktop replacement so I don't know how much it effects battery but that is why the technology was created.
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    OK, I understand it differently. I think what you're referring to is the Windows power profile, or just general CPU behaviour.

    Turbo boost can exceed the rated clock rate of the CPU when the TDP allows it to. So, if there's something heavily using one thread and the CPU is cool enough, the clock speed is increased. On-the-fly overclocking almost.

    At least, that is my understanding. :)
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Hmm much more sophisticating than I thought lol. Maybe I am thinking of Turbo boost version 1... version 2 may have changed. Let me read about it.
    Update: You are right my friend -

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