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I am using my laptop with charger all the time. What would happen if I don't install Optimus at all?

JFMugen

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My battery is dead, and I couldn't get a new one, and now I am using it like a desktop basically. Should I install Optimus at all? Or will it make harm more than good?

I would really appreciate an answer because I've been looking for a while but couldn't find a good answer.

Thank you :)
 
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The question is kinda weird, but I'll try to answer as clear as I can.
It does not matter at all. You can stick to dGPU-only and your laptop will work just fine, if not more stable. Most nvidia cards do have built-in hardware encoders/decoders which means that if you are doing mundane tasks like watching YT or browsing - they'll be sitting at low-power mode anyways.
And if you are running Windows 10 with default GPU settings and everything behaves as expected - then it really-really doesn't matter. Windows 10 handles switching on its own, though on older versions there was a glitch where a laptop or PC would keep using iGPU even in games, regardless of power mode, but it's been fixed since 20H1... I think.

BTW, which laptop are you using?
 

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The question is kinda weird, but I'll try to answer as clear as I can.
It does not matter at all. You can stick to dGPU-only and your laptop will work just fine, if not more stable. Most nvidia cards do have built-in hardware encoders/decoders which means that if you are doing mundane tasks like watching YT or browsing - they'll be sitting at low-power mode anyways.
And if you are running Windows 10 with default GPU settings and everything behaves as expected - then it really-really doesn't matter. Windows 10 handles switching on its own, though on older versions there was a glitch where a laptop or PC would keep using iGPU even in games, regardless of power mode, but it's been fixed since 20H1... I think.

BTW, which laptop are you using?

Actually I think I am having the performance I supposed to have, but I watched several "Disable Optimus" videos (for example this) and then I learned NVCleanstall (which has an option to not install optimus) and overall I was curious if it would help or if it is an essential thing. So far I always read it is useful for battery life, but it doesn't matter at all to me.

Do you think "Disable Optimus" thing would be helpful for me?

My laptop is a regional model, here.
 
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From googling (because I had no idea what you were talking about)

It makes no sense to disable optimus as the performance gain is negligible
 
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The only reason these suggestions appeared on the net, is that back in a day Optimus wasn't as good and it used to gimp the overall gaming performance. Today it's not really an issue.
If it works and you are happy with it - just leave it as is.
BTW, your laptop is a rebranded Clevo N170RD. If you feel like it, you can find a relatively cheap battery(~$30-40). Part no. is N150BAT-6 (monster decided to put their own sticker, but I'm 99.9% sure it'll be a perfect fit).
 

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The only reason these suggestions appeared on the net, is that back in a day Optimus wasn't as good and it used to gimp the overall gaming performance. Today it's not really an issue.
If it works and you are happy with it - just leave it as is.
BTW, your laptop is a rebranded Clevo N170RD. If you feel like it, you can find a relatively cheap battery(~$30-40). Part no. is N150BAT-6 (monster decided to put their own sticker, but I'm 99.9% sure it'll be a perfect fit).
I could've told you that, I forgot :) It is N170SD actually (tho I am not sure how different they are right now, probably same thing)

Sadly, even the cheap things start to become pretty expensive here lately (Turkey) thanks to corrupt gov. so I won't bother for now. I am not that mobile anyway right now so it is not a huge issue.

Overall I wasn't sure if I am happy with it but I guess I will leave it as it is. Thanks for the answers :)
 
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