My laptop Acer E5 551G has been giving me poor graphical performance, the specs are as follows:-

  • AMD APU Quad Core A10 Processor (5th Gen) with R6 Graphics
  • R7 M265 2GB
  • 8GB RAM

I recently installed the latest Crimson Relive drivers for my GPU, but I got poor performance in the beginning with Catalyst driver as well.

So after installing the drivers, I installed MSI Afterburner to check for any bottleneck, but to my surprise CPU was running at 60-70% and the GPU was also being utilized at only 40-50%. The GPU was at around 80-90 C and was at its maximum frequency of 820 MHz.

I am not able to understand what I should do to improve the performance of my laptop.

By poor performance I mean, CS:GO 30-35 FPS at 1366x768 resolution. I also tested other games like Dirty Bomb, FarCry3, Paladins and got a similar results with sub-optimal utilization of CPU and GPU resources.

Tried running at all settings from Low to Ultra, the GPU usage jumps up to 80% in Ultra and the fps remains more or less the same.

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    I think you need to lower your expectations - that's pretty good performance for such a low-end APU – Tetsujin May 22 '17 at 10:37
  • I don't have very high expectations, it's just that the resources are not being used. – Palash Taneja May 22 '17 at 11:11
  • At 60-70% CPU usage and 40-50% GPU usage what are your expected numbers? The CPU is likely a multi core CPU and CS:GO probably still single threaded so your CPU might be the bottleneck. – Seth May 22 '17 at 11:15
  • Well even the individual core usages are in that range and I want to fully utilize my GPU and CPU. – Palash Taneja May 22 '17 at 11:32
  • Is it possible that somehow you have V-sync enabled? If not through game settings, perhaps from an AMD software? If that's the case, that can explain the ~30fps. – Varaquilex May 23 '17 at 4:48

One of the things you could check is if it's actually using the R7 and not the APU. Chances are it would be a HD graphics card on the APU.

But even otherwise you just don't have a powerful card. According to the specifications, the card uses normal DDR3 memory and runs a 825 MHz tops.

If you look at benchmark comparisons it's really not that strong compared to current tech. As you didn't say anything about the settings you're running those games on it might actually just be adequate performance. As it's a notebook there is little you can change about it as you can't change any of the components.

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  • It is running on the r7 m265 confirmed using afterburner – Palash Taneja May 22 '17 at 11:07
  • I have tried all settings from low to high and the fps stays more or less the same, it is just that the GPU usage increases a bit. – Palash Taneja May 22 '17 at 11:08
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    You can't push a piece of string, you have to pull it. FPS will be affected by any bottleneck, CPU/GPU/RAM/HD etc etc etc. All must be capable of keeping up with the task. – Tetsujin May 22 '17 at 12:57

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