Thanks for checking HH.
Ya, it looks like my initial results were incorrect, as soon as I got back into my MMO and found a spot I normally lag out on battery, sure enough it happened even with the BIOS update.
Ok, it’s been awhile but here are some results I found with the m9700’s behavior on battery power.
During times of intensive CPU & GPU usage, the CPU will downclock. I get these results with SLI enabled or disabled.
Now, its only times with both CPU and GPU are active. A very simple test is using WOW because every second of that game is intensive on CPU and GPU, but any game will do. If you run wow on battery with nvidia power settings to “max performance” on battery everything will start fine, about 30 seconds after the game loads, you will drop frame rates to like 4-5.
At this point, if you check your CPU (I use CPU-z) you will note the frequency has dropped to like 800Mhz, WELL below the minimum system requirements and hence the low frame rates. The game then returns to normal frame rates, but after about 30 seconds your back to the 3-4 fps. This happens in 30-45 second waves, your up to 60 fps, then back down to 4, then back up to 60, etc, etc,
So it looks like the system is just downclocking the CPU on battery if there is a heavy load… Well that’s not the case. If you run SP2004 while on battery it never drops the frequency… and that’s running at 100%.
So I really can’t figure it out. The workaround to “most” games is to lower the settings in nvidia power settings. In wow, for example, if you set this to “max battery” you get a steady 20FPS while on battery.
Now, 20FPS is much better then 4, but still, I just want this system to allow ME to decide how much battery power to save, and I want all 60 FPS on battery if I was happy just keeping it plugged in all the time, I would of got a desktop XD.
So weird stuff and I’m stumped. So far, I have gotten no where with AW support.