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Best GPU/laptop for gaming unplugged?

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I currently have a 680m, which absolutely devastates performance unplugged by clocking down to 135mhz (I assume to save battery) making some games completely unplayable. I was wondering if there are any GPU's out there that don't suffer this problem and are able to give some decent performance without the use of external power. Are the lower end cards in the 900m series capable of this?

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According to this article the 900 series GPUs may not have the same problem, however it is dependent on OEM's to disable throttling when on battery power on the GPU's. In particular MSI and ASUS laptops would be the ones to look at.

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I would definitely NOT recommend a Sager NP9570. The battery does not supply enough watts to run the processor or even one of the two graphics cards at full power.

Anyway, to answer your question, I would look at an Asus G75 with a 980M. 980Ms have lower power draw compared to 880Ms or lower X80Ms, and they have amazing performance. I used to own an Asus G73JH-BST7 before getting my Sager NP9570, and it was able to be at full power (full CPU/GPU clocks) on battery for at least an hour, which is amazing for a gaming laptop. Make sure, however, the OEM you buy from does not have forced battery-throttling encoded into their machines (you want to be able to select high performance in windows' power options and still not have throttling), which should be hard to figure out. I can say from experience Asus at least did not when I owned one.

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