Tony, I have a very big update:
I noticed something while using my computer last night -- the "System" process was constantly using between 30-50% of my CPU even while idle! After much digging and trying to figure it out (including running multiple anti-virus and anti-malware apps, multiple restarts, shutting down processes, turning things like indexing on/off, etc), I believe it has to do with something Windows Update installed earlier this week. After trying everything to alleviate the CPU usage, I gave up and left the laptop on all night seeding a couple Torrents. I awoke, restarted the computer, and noticed the "System" process was now back to normal.I am not sure what it was doing/updating, but I believe this is what made my testing results so bad, and re-ran the benchmarks, and got MUCH more positive results!
Although the minimums were much better, they were still lower than normal. The maximum FPS gained a lot, (especially with CoH) and the averages were higher on all but Far Cry 2 (where the averages were up only about 0.5 fps, but the mins were up 3 fps over my FUBAR'ed previous benchies). Average FPS in Trackmania were actually up a few frames over previous drivers.
So, these are better than I initially thought. Though they still don't seem to be quite as smooth as 185's and 186's. But the results are MUCH
more positive this time around.
Sorry about the confusion!
UPDATE #2: The temperature problem reared its ugly head today! I was playing Demigod with my buddy, and my temps were INSANE (95 degrees)!!! To the point it made my computer hard lockup. Ouch...