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New to emulation/PCs in general
#1
I just downloaded the PCSX2 emulator from the official site, and have all my old PS2 games that I am able to use with it that I've made into ISO files. I just don't know how to optimize the settings to help with the major frame rate drops, or if my hardware just can't handle it. I've tried looking around on forums/other google results and haven't had any luck. Any and all advice/help is appreciated...Thank you!

The games I've tried with major frame rate drops:
Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 1 & 2
Champions of Norrath & Return to Arms
FF7 Dirge of Cerberus
LoTR The Return of the King

My ASUS ROG GL552VW specs are:
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2592 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
16.0 GB RAM
64-bit Windows 10
Intel® HD Graphics 530
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
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#2
run it on the desktop
Main PC1:i5-4670,HD7770(Active!)
Main PC2:i5-11600K,GTX1660Ti(Active!)
PCSX2 Discord server IGN:smartstrike
PCSX2 version uses:Custom compiled build 1.7.0 64-bit(to be update regularly)
smartstk's YouTube Channel
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#3
Did you plug into the mains and adjust your power plan to max ? Your hardwares is weak therefore the frame drop in games.
The default setting for pcsx2 is best to start with most games.
OS: Windows 10 Home 64 BIT 20H2
CPU: AMD R7-3700X 3.6 GHZ
GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 Super
RAM: Corsair 3600 MHZ 2x8GB DDR4
Mainboard: Gigabyte B450 PRO WIFI
Display: Asus VP228
Audio: Creative Sound Blaster Z / GigaWorks T40
Storage: Seagate 1TB HDD, Transcend 1TB SSD
Optical: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray Writer
Power supply: Corsair CX550M
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#4
I have the same laptop, set your power plan to high performance.

Try running at native with the recommended speed hacks and try with MTVU enabled and disabled to see which performs better.

Once you have the game running smoothly, check how far you can push the resolution, on my laptop I usually run it at x3 (720p I think)

I tend to use D3D11 but OpenGL is generally much better with Nvidia gpu's.

Sadly, performance will suffer on a laptop compared to a PC, especially since the system requirements went up with version 1.6.
-PC Specs-
AMD Ryzen 3600
16gb DDR4 Corsair 3200mhz
MSI Armor Radeon RX580 8gb 
Windows 10 Pro x64 
-Laptop Specs-
i7 6700HQ @ 2.9Ghz
8gb DDR3 
GTX 960m 4GB
Windows 10 Pro x64
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