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Hi all,

 

I just installed a used 980m into my Alienware 17 R1, and I'm noticing benchmarks that are ~12% below what others are reporting online. I'm wondering if this is just meh hardware, if it's a vBIOS problem, or if it's a problem with my computer and not the card.

 

I noticed that the GPU is getting throttled under load... like, under any load. Here's the clock and temp during 3DMark Firestrike:

 

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Here it is with the voltage as well:

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The "perfcap" reason in GPU-Z is power.

 

Specs:

 

Alienware 17 R1

i7 4900MQ

4x4gb 1600Mhz

Win10

My card:

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A pre-emptive thanks for any help.

 

Edited by smeetooie3
Forgot to mention perfcap reason.

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TDP throttle is a common issue on laptops, it's a vbios and laptop itself problem, when your card reaches a power limit it will throttle down in order to go down with temps... A solution can be a modded vbios.

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