Very low FPS on heaven benchmark, GeForce 970m

scerab

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Hello,

Here are my laptops specs,
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The HD was replaced with a sandisk ultra II SSD 512 gb.

When I run heaven benchmark, I always get very low FPS. The range is usually between 4-12 on extreme. When I put it on medium setting, the FPS is between 14-20.
When I first downloaded heaven benchmark, I was getting the “missing MSVCP 120.dll file”error. So I updated the visual C ++ using the x64.exe file path from the windows download path. I also fully updated the 970 GPU and windows 10.

I was Able to run some games like empire total war and EU4, but when I try to launch Attila total war, it would not launch. When I go to the games file and try to launch it from the launcher, it says the “code execution cannot proceed because MSVCP120.dll was not found. Reinstalling may fix the problem”. I did reinstall to no avail.

Any advice? Thanks in advance.
 

10tacle

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First of all, don't pay attention to FPS. Pay attention to your score. Set Heaven to TechPowerup's resolution quality settings where you can compare your system specs to those of others and their scores:

1.) 1920x1080, Fullscreen, 8x Anti-Aliasing
2.) Ultra Quality
3.) Extreme Tessellation

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/unigine-heaven-4-0-benchmark-scores.198888/


Second, scroll through this Microsoft support page Q&A thread and see what worked for the responders. About halfway down in the first page is a very detailed answer and instructions for what worked for a user named "ElderN".

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/missing-msvcp120dll-file/f0a14d55-73f0-4a21-879e-1cbacf05e906?auth=1

Third, keep in mind your GTX 970M and CPU are both declocked from their desktop counterpart versions, so they will be running slower than the stock speeds of a reference GTX 970 and i7 6700 CPU. Put into brief terms, your CPU has a base speed of 2.6GHz vs. the base (base meaning all four cores are used with no turbo boost on a single core) of the desktop 6700 is 3.4GHz for a whopping 30% CPU speed advantage alone.

Your GPU has a base clock of 924MHz vs. the reference (non-factory overclocked) desktop GTX 970's base clock is 1050MHz which is a 14% speed advantage (VRAM memory is much slower on the 970M as well at 1253MHz/5012MHz effective vs. 1750MHz/7002MHz effective for the desktop 970). So both of those combined will definitely draw back your performance compared to the desktop versions of both. Something more like running a desktop GTX 960. Keep all that in mind.

Finally, this may sound insulting, but make sure your laptop is plugged into the wall and not running on battery and ensure the settings in Windows are for maximum performance vs. economy or balanced.
 

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First of all, don't pay attention to FPS. Pay attention to your score. Set Heaven to TechPowerup's resolution quality settings where you can compare your system specs to those of others and their scores:

1.) 1920x1080, Fullscreen, 8x Anti-Aliasing
2.) Ultra Quality
3.) Extreme Tessellation

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/unigine-heaven-4-0-benchmark-scores.198888/


Second, scroll through this Microsoft support page Q&A thread and see what worked for the responders. About halfway down in the first page is a very detailed answer and instructions for what worked for a user named "ElderN".

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/missing-msvcp120dll-file/f0a14d55-73f0-4a21-879e-1cbacf05e906?auth=1

Third, keep in mind your GTX 970M and CPU are both declocked from their desktop counterpart versions, so they will be running slower than the stock speeds of a reference GTX 970 and i7 6700 CPU. Put into brief terms, your CPU has a base speed of 2.6GHz vs. the base (base meaning all four cores are used with no turbo boost on a single core) of the desktop 6700 is 3.4GHz for a whopping 30% CPU speed advantage alone.

Your GPU has a base clock of 924MHz vs. the reference (non-factory overclocked) desktop GTX 970's base clock is 1050MHz which is a 14% speed advantage (VRAM memory is much slower on the 970M as well at 1253MHz/5012MHz effective vs. 1750MHz/7002MHz effective for the desktop 970). So both of those combined will definitely draw back your performance compared to the desktop versions of both. Something more like running a desktop GTX 960. Keep all that in mind.

Finally, this may sound insulting, but make sure your laptop is plugged into the wall and not running on battery and ensure the settings in Windows are for maximum performance vs. economy or balanced.
 

scerab

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Thank you for the detailed reply. I am a bit surprised by the performance of this Asus rog strix laptop. I used to have a asus rog gl552vw with a GeForce 960 DGPU. But I sold it to buy the ASUS rog gl502vt with a GeForce 970 DGPU. My rational is that the 970 will offer Better performance when gaming.
When I would run a benchmark on the old gl552vw Asus rog, the FPS was awesome. But I am shocked with the very low FPS performance of the Asus strix.

Is the gl552vw better than the ASUS rog gl502vt?
 

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No your current ROG is better speced between the CPU and GPU. So that means you have something else choking it down, possibly deeply embedded in the Windows root directory. I would try a complete hard drive/SSD reformat (whichever you are using as the OS drive if you have two drives) and reinstall Windows from scratch then download the Nvidia drivers. Of course it goes without saying to back up your second drive as well as your primary drive if you have both.

Anyway, the 970M over the 960M doesn't offer near the performance boost of the desktop versions of both because as stated above, both mobile GPUs are neutered. Note the game benchmarks between the two here about halfway down:

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-970M-vs-Nvidia-GTX-960M/m17319vsm27242
 
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