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X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2012-10-18, 17:40 PM

Hello all,

I have question regarding how to increase the Frames Per Second for gaming performance purposes.  I have a Lenovo X220t ThinkPad with an i7 processor with 8gb of RAM and the default graphics card. I sometimes use the computer for gaming even though it is not specifically designed for that.  I haven't had an issue so far with most of the games, but some of the games that are more graphic intense tend to be slow and have a very low FPS.  I realize the main reason for this issue is that the integrated graphics card was not designed for serious gaming, but I am looking for any tips or tricks that will help.  For example, would turning off the touch screen capability increase gaming performance? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

Cole 

p.s. Other than gaming this computer has exceeded all of my expectations. Very excited to really utilize the touch capabilities with Windows 8.

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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2012-10-18, 22:01 PM
eGPU would be the only way to go for you.
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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2012-10-18, 22:33 PM

A solid state drive is probably the single largest improvement that can be made within the X220t itself for gaming performance.  The games will start MUCH faster and will run much better.  Then, load up on RAM.

 

I would recommend an SSD first and foremost.  Then, if you want even more, do a web search for the viDock external graphics solutions.  There is a way to have an external graphics card, so to speak, powering the game of your X220t.  I hear it works well for people.

 

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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2012-10-19, 0:51 AM

Going that route is going to be $200-$300 for the enclosure, plus the graphics card, plus the fact that it will have to be plugged into the wall to be used, plus it won't give the full performance of the card.

 

For all the hassle you could buy an inexpensive gaming laptop for that specific use, and it would probably cost about the same, not require you to lug an external enclosure, and have a much larger screen. Granted the Vidock will allow upgrades for the graphics, but how much can the expresscard really handle in terms of performance?

 

I picked up a refurbished 17" laptop with 1gb dedicated graphics card, for around $500, which is what a Vidock setup will run you.

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2012-10-19, 1:20 AM
my vidock setup costs around 200 dollars including the graphics card, but it doesn't have an enclosure.
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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2012-11-07, 22:14 PM
go for Vidock. I keep mine in my backpack when I'm travelling or what not and I while it offers less performance when it's being routed to the LCD instead of an external monitor. It's much better than the default GMA3000. When you plug it into an external monitor it works about as well as my desktop does back home.

So egpu is the way to go if you're serious. otherwise, lower your graphics settings, play games in windowed mode, and turn on lenovo turbo boost+ Mine can play MW3 in windowed at 960x600 and medium graphics and a respectable frame rate
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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2013-01-25, 22:29 PM

It's been awhile since I checked this, but thanks a lot for the response.  I've been looking into the Vidock option.  I was wondering if you could suggest a decent graphics card to go into the Vidock.(I believe that is the way it works)  Looking for something affordable, but can get the job done.  Examples of the games I'm looking to play: GTA V and the standalone version on Day Z(Arma II Mod).   Also, have you ever had any issues with your machine getting too hot?  Mine has never shut down, but I can barely touch it when I have been gaming for an extended amount of time.  Thanks for any suggestions.

 

Cole

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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2013-01-29, 15:28 PM

Wait, where did you get a Vidock at a reasonable price?

 

I'm showing it as $300 for the unit, plus the graphics card. That would put it around $500 for just the vidock+medium level graphics card.

 

I was also under the impression that it will only allow display to external monitors, not the laptop monitor. Is this not the case? Is there noticable latency due to the expresscard handling output to the graphics card, as well as simultaneous input back to the laptop monitor?

 

Maybe I'm missing something here, but for less than that amount of money  you could buy a PS3, or Xbox 360, an expresscard to input the console into your laptop (with almost no latency), and have a complete console experience wherever there's a wall socket. You'd also have the bonus of a blu-ray player (for PS3), andwell frankly a console. If you already own one of the two, you could pull off that whole setup for $100 flat. Granted, a console is bigger than a Vidock, but if you have to lug around a box that ties you to the wall, why not just lug around a PS3 or XBOX instead, and effectively use that as a graphics card?

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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2013-01-29, 18:10 PM

lead_org,

 

       Would you mind sending some sort of link to what you are referring to.  The only Vidock solutions I can find seem to require purchasing both the Vidock and a new graphics card. The Vidocks that I am finding are $200 alone. Any help is appreciated.

 

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Re: X220t ThinkPad - How to increase gaming performance/FPS?

2013-01-29, 18:20 PM
I'm seeing a ViDock 3 for about $200 and compatible graphics cards seem to be $50-$100. And yes you are correct, from my research it seems it can only be used on external monitors which isn't an issue for me.

I have definitely considered a PS3, but I am apprehensive to do so mainly b/c the system is already 7 years old. With the vidock solution I can purchase up to date games with the ease of Steam. Also the online community for PS3 is rather small and I fear once the new xbox is released (rumors of late 2013 or 2014) it will dwindle more.

Since I have a powerful laptop I would like to take advantage of it. I would like to stay in the $250-$300 range. I'm just not sure of powerful graphics card for a decent price.

This site give a good review of the Vidock 4 and shows it in action. http://www.jessebandersen.com/2010/11/vidock-4-unbox-hardware-setup-software.html

I am wondering however if it is possible to purchase a powerful graphics card that can plug directly into the expresscard slot. I relatively new with all this. If anyone can give direct links that would help a lot.
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