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Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2017-07-31, 11:55 AM

I can play all games at 60fps or higher when the laptop is plugged into the charger however when i unplug it, it instantly locks to 30fps. No matter what game im playing even CS 1.6 which is a very light game locks to 30fps. I have enable battery boost and set it to 60fps in Geforce Experience. Power plan is set to High Performance and battery is set to High Performance in the Windows Mobility Center and i have tried disabling Vsync in games. Am i missing out on some settings that need to be changed? If so please tell me. Thank you.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2017-07-31, 16:24 PM

Gaming laptops do not have sufficient battery to power the GPU with max performance. They are usually meant to be played while plugged in.

 

By pushing it too hard by  playing games, you can damage the battery, which is why there is a cap on how much juice you can extract from it.

 

It is best that you play while connected and not on battery. This is not an issue, the battery does not have enough power to run the system at full throttle.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2017-07-31, 20:28 PM

My cousin with a HP laptop can play on battery with 60fps maybe Lenovo uses this to keep the battery from getting damaged so performance goes to crap right after i unplug it. Thanks for your help. I thought it was some software issue.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2017-08-01, 9:46 AM

Just to add, my Y720 does run games at 60fps on battery, but it will only do it for about 20-30mins, then it drops down to about 10fps, that's when I've noticed I forgot to plug it in. As has already been stated, gaming laptops are not designed to be running at 60fps on the battery, Nvidia has an option at run at 30fps on battery for a reason.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2018-01-20, 21:34 PM

Make sure you have knowledge of what you talk about before posting.

 

No its perfectly capable of outputting 60+ fps, a macbook air, paper laptop can do it, so should a full blown gaming laptop. 

 

The reason replies like this annoy me so much, is that I almost was going to return my laptop based on this. I'm not buying a gaming laptop to get net book gaming experience on the fly. Luckily I didn't settle for one answer and checked more threads. Who I feel sorry for are those who didn't.

 

The reason this happens is that there's a battery saving option in the geforce experience that limits fps if not plugged it. Default is set to 30. Turn this off and it works the same as being plugged in.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2018-01-22, 16:14 PM

Why are you still replying to this post? It is so old so stop roasting me. Yes this is my first laptop as i have only used desktops before and i know i made a mistake and i found the solution a long time ago in the nvidia control panel.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2018-06-18, 4:12 AM

I'm facing the same problem - what did you change in the nvidia control panel??

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2018-06-19, 8:20 AM
Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D settings > under settings: Power Management Mode > Set it to: Prefer maximum performance.

You will get 60fps for 5-15 minutes then it will drop below 10fps and i don't recommend doing this as said above that it can damage your battery. So i have set it on Optimal Power.
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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2018-06-19, 10:26 AM

You wont get the same performance when the laptop is not plugged in. But in NVIDIA GeForce Experience, in settings, game, you must turn off battery boost and then you will be able to reach higher fps on battery. But while gaming you will only get 45min.

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Re: Games locked at 30fps when laptop is not plugged in! (Y520)

2018-11-29, 12:12 PM

Okay.

First of all, sorry for answering to your old message but this annoyed me.

'Make sure you have knowledge of what you talk about before posting.'

After you told us that you have to 'Make sure you have knowledge of what you talk about before posting.' you immediatly go on and say that a macbook air can do it too. A macbook air does not have a deticated graphics card, a full-blown gaming laptop does.

A deticated graphics card is something that sucks a lot of power. It is not just an option in GeForce Experience.

As stated in the comments above, it's a feature to save your battery's lifespan.

 

Please do not respond with something saying you need to make sure to have knowledge of, if you yourself have got no clue of what a gaming laptop is.

 

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Correct me if i'm wrong in any way.

English isn't my first language.

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