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I have a Lenovo Z470 laptop and these are its specs (generated from Speccy):

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

CPU: Intel Core i5 2450M @ 2.50GHz, Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology

RAM: 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard: LENOVO KL6 (CPU)

Graphics: ThinkPad Display 1366x768 (1366x768@60Hz), NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, Intel HD Graphics 3000

Hard Drives: 466GB Seagate ST9500325AS (SATA), 5400 RPM. C:\ = 60.1GB free of 113GB, D:\ = 45.6GB free of 228GB

Optical Drives: OPY C9EJ0DUV SCSI CdRom Device, MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8B1AS

Audio: Realtek High Definition Audio

Anything else I need to add? I'm usually getting 30 to 40+ FPS when I'm playing Borderlands (the first game) and Just Cause 2. I use 1366x768 resolution but pretty much every other game video settings are set to mid or low.

My video card drivers are up-to-date, I don't run any other applications when I'm playing (except for Fraps). And being that my laptop has Optimus Technology, I make sure my games are utilizing my Nvidia card. If this matters, my games are installed in drive D:.

Do I perhaps need to adjust settings in my Nvidia control panel? Or free up some disk space? What do you think is the bottleneck of my laptop's gaming performance? Thank you.

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30 to 40 FPS is probably the maximum your display is capable of. Movies in theaters are 24 FPS, so I can't imagine why you would describe that as "low to medium". –  David Schwartz Nov 14 '12 at 1:50
    
Check out the core config on your GPU, it's quite crippled. –  Louis Nov 14 '12 at 4:05
    
should be on Arqade (gaming.stackexchange.com) –  Mose Nov 14 '12 at 6:38
    
Yeah, I thought about posting there, sorry. @DavidSchwartz, I was just comparing the FPS I'm getting to the FPS other people mostly are getting, which is 60+. –  d4ryl3 Nov 14 '12 at 13:25
    
@ЯрославРахматуллин, how is that true? When you partner a high-end video card to a low-end processor, wouldn't the processor be the bottleneck? –  d4ryl3 Nov 14 '12 at 13:27

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The notebook's specs is a fairly decent midrange workstation, it is not a midrange gaming laptop. The GPU is really low powered for any gaming purpose. For a midrange gaming laptop, I'd be expecting at least 660M or for older laptops 570M. There isn't much you could do if your GPU isn't up to the task.

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Hmmm, I was kind of expecting that. Anyway, would you have any idea of some Nvidia settings that perhaps I could adjust to increase (or at least maintain good) FPS? Thank you. –  d4ryl3 Nov 14 '12 at 13:36
    
@d4ryl3 This is not a support service for your particular laptop-graphics card configuration. Questions should be specific, but not that specific. Again, Do Your Research. Increasing FPS is a very popular subject. –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Nov 14 '12 at 14:21

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