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PCSX2 Constantly Running At 20fps
#1
Hi all,

I bought me last week a HP Pavilion 15-e009ax, specifically to play PCSX2. It has AMD Radeon dedicated 1GB graphics, and I upgraded it to have 6GB RAM now. Yet, when I downloaded Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, although the cutscenes are played at full speed, the gameplay is wont go past 20fps and occasionally goes to 30fps very briefly when an event happens out of my control like a mini-cutscene. Here are my specs:

Mainboard : HP 213A
Chipset : AMD
Processor : AMD Processor @ 1996 MHz
Physical Memory : 6144 MB
Video Card : AMD Radeon HD 8400
Hard Disk : HGST HTS 545050A7E380 SATA Disk Device (500GB)
CD-Rom Drive : hp CDDVDW SU-208CB SATA CdRom Device
Monitor Type : 15 inches
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8101 PCIe Fast Ethernet Adapter
Network Card : Ralink Technology 802.11n Wireless LAN Card
Operating System : Windows 8 Home Edition 6.02.9200 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 4.6 on 7.9

General Information :
Manufacturer : ATI Techn
Model : AMD Radeon HD 84
Bus Type : PCI-Express

Processor : AMD Radeon H
Converter : Internal DAC
Refresh Rate (min/max) :


GPU Information :

Number of GPU : 1

Mobile : No

Memory Type : 512MB

Mode ECC : Yes - Uns


GPU Configuration :

Technology CrossFire : N
ATI Eyefinity : Yes -
Catalyst : 12.102.4.5000


General Features :

Width : 340 mm

Height : 190 mm

Pixel per inch : 96x96 d
bits per pixel : 32

Colour Bits/Planes : 1

Brushes : 4294967295

Pens : 4294967295

Markers : 0

Device Fonts : 0

Device Colours : 4294967295

Clip Output to Rectangle : Yes

Hardware Acceleration : No



Raster Capabilities :

Banding : No

Transfer Bitmaps : Yes

Bitmap >64 KB : Yes

Fonts larger than 64 K : Yes

DIBs : Yes

DIBTODEV : Yes

Flood Fills : Yes

Scaling : No

StretchBlt : Yes

StretchDIB : Yes



Curves Capabilities :

Chord Arcs : Yes

Circles : Yes

Elipses : Yes

Interiors : Yes

Pie Wedges : Yes

Rounded Rectangles : Yes

Styled Borders : Yes

Wide Borders : Yes

Wide, Styled Borders : Yes



Lines Capabilities :

Interiors : Yes

Markers : Yes

Polylines : Yes

Polymarkers : Yes

Styled : Yes

Wide : Yes

Wide, Styled : Yes



Polygonal Capabilities :

Interiors : Yes

Alternate Fill Polygons : Y

Winding Fill Polygons : Yes

Rectangles : Yes

Scan Lines : Yes

Styled Borders : Yes

Wide Borders : Yes

Wide, Styled Borders : Yes



Text Capabilities :

Stroke Precision : Yes

Stroke Clip Precision : Yes

90° Character Rotation : No

Any Angle Character Rotatio

Independent X-Y Scaling : N

Double Weighted Characters

Italic : No

Underline : Yes

Strikeout : Yes

Raster Fonts : Yes

Vector Fonts : Yes



Color Management Capabers

CMYK : No

Gamma Ramp : Yes

ICM Device : No

Manufacturer : Hewlett-Packard
Mainboard : HP 213A
Bios : Insyde
Chipset : AMD
Physical Memory : 6144 MB DDR3-SDRAM

Is my laptop not sufficient enough and needs to be upgraded with better parts? because I'm willing to do so, since I'm a learning PC/Laptop Modder. Or is it current settings I have?

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#2
That laptop is based on an AMD A6-5200 APU, it's a low power SOC not enough powerful for PCSX2 emulation, I'm also quite sure that it's soldered on the motherboard, so you cannot upgrade it with a better APU. The only thing you can try is using some speedhack, especially the MTVU (you have a quad core), but I doubt you'll be able to get decent speed, for the GSDx plugin, use native resolution.
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#3
AMD is not good for pcsx2 overall. Unless you have something like an 8 core bulldozer overclocked or something else really, expensive or REALLY overclocked, your out of luck.
#4
(09-16-2013, 10:57 PM)wyndnra1n Wrote: AMD is not good for pcsx2 overall. Unless you have something like an 8 core bulldozer overclocked or something else really, expensive or REALLY overclocked, your out of luck.

Actually one of the latest AMD CPU/APU with at least 4 core and a bit more than 3GHz is good enough for many games, not the most heavy of course. 8 cores except for software rendering are completely useless in PCSX2.

In this case unfortunately we are talking about the low-end of the AMD APUs for notebook, thus it's obvious that is not enough for PCSX2, as for Intel Atom/Celeron CPUs.
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#5
Next time you buy something "specifically", do a bit of reseach on what it's for first. ;P

PCSX2 favors a high clockrate from the CPU. Good per-clock performance can help compensate this, but AMD is not the choice manufacturer for that.
#6
Quote:Yet, when I downloaded Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier,

Umm, guys? :s
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