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Laptop's Nvidia GPU underperforming on Windows 10

Computer: Laptop Clevo W170HN
GPU: Geforce GT 540M
CPU: Intel 2630QM
Motherboard: Unknown
Ram: 12gb DDR3
Operating System: Windows 10 Creators Update
GPU Drivers: 381.65

Hi everyone, I need your help!

The Problem:
I have recently upgraded my Clevo w170hn (intel 2630QM, Nvidia GT 540m) to Windows 10. And since then I am having problems with my nvidia graphics card.
For some reason games I used to play at 100+ fps (League of Legends for example) now play on lower than 40. On windows 7 I could play LoL or Rocket League or several indie games at a decent level, what could be the problem now on windows 10?

Troubleshooting:
I have scanned google for any possible solution, tried everything so far but with no luck. Of course the first thing was to install the OEM drivers given from Clevo. Then, I installed several mid-versions until the most recent one, on which I am now, but again no luck. I have set the global settings on Nvidia 540m, then picked each game specifically and chose it to be running with 540m, nothing. Then I set the global settings on Auto, set each game individually on Nvidia card, and always opened every game selecting "Open with Nvidia High Performance", again nothing. I set all power options, both windows ones and Nvidia control panel ones to Maximum Performance, still the same.

At first I thought that it was using the Intel HD 3000, but then I used an option from control panel to show the GPU's activity together with Afterburner, and saw that every game I open is run by my GT540m, but for some reason I have always approximately 1/3 of the FPS I used to have on Windows 7 and in much lower quality. One other strange thing is that I have set the Physx to be handled by the GT 540m, and every game I open it says that Physx is handled by the CPU. I really can't understand this.

Do you have any ideas on this?
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  1. That's about what can happen when you move from the stock setup for laptops and use the nVidia reference drivers. That laptop only has official support for Windows 7. http://www.clevo.com/en/e-services/download/ftpOut.asp?Lmodel=W1x0HNx&ltype=2&submit=+GO+

    Using anything else is likely to cause issues.
  2. hang-the-9 said:
    That's about what can happen when you move from the stock setup for laptops and use the nVidia reference drivers. That laptop only has official support for Windows 7. http://www.clevo.com/en/e-services/download/ftpOut.asp?Lmodel=W1x0HNx&ltype=2&submit=+GO+

    Using anything else is likely to cause issues.


    Yes I know that the stock drivers are windows 7 only, and when I installed them I ran the windows 7 compatibility. The weird thing is that when I isntalled the OEM which is version 270.61, I get the normal performance of 100+ FPS, but after I restart it is again back to 30-40.

    I have seen several others having the same laptop or just a GT540m, and they are running on windows 10 normally. I was thinking that maybe there is just an option or a setting that has a wrong value, because to me it seems more like a windows problem than an Nvidia or Laptop one.
  3. Best answer
    It's a driver issue. Nvidia writes their own drivers not MS. Look at your Nvidia Control Panel and make sure your using the Nvidia and not integrated graphics.

    Here are the drivers from Nvidia. http://www.driverscape.com/download/nvidia-geforce-gt-540m
  4. orlbuckeye said:
    It's a driver issue. Nvidia writes their own drivers not MS. Look at your Nvidia Control Panel and make sure your using the Nvidia and not integrated graphics.

    Here are the drivers from Nvidia. http://www.driverscape.com/download/nvidia-geforce-gt-540m


    Thank you! It's working normally again.
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