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Ok so. While diablo 3 is running, my fps keeps jumping from 40-45 down to 13-18. It will go to high fps for 3 seconds, drop to low for 3 seconds, then goes back up. It does this continually. Anyone have some advice?
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I'd check to see if you can actually upgrade your card. I would say there's a very good chance that your graphics card is hard-wired onto your motherboard. In which case, if you're going to upgrade, you might be better off having a desktop for home use with gaming in mind and a tablet for when you're away from home.
I have a laptop with specs that are beyond what Diablo requires, however, the version of laptop I bought came with a green HDD. It only spins at 5400 rpm instead of 7200 or even a SSD. That's why my game freezes up. Check your laptop model online to see what your disk speed is and that could tell you. A friend of mine has a laptop with 6gb ram, an i3 and integrated video card. Once he installed a SSD, it ran flawlessly.
First you can try going to the webpage below and using the blue "Continue" button. It will detect what integrated graphics you have and give you the option to install the most up to date drivers. My friend gained an average of 10 FPS in this game on his 2 year old Samsung laptop by doing this.
Second, you can try playing the entire game off of a USB flash drive. It's really simple. Get a flash drive with around 12GB of free space and copy the entire game directory (something like C:\Program Files x86\Diablo III) then run the game from there instead. I have a very nice desktop yet D3 was always lagging and stuttering which resulted in me dying.
Since I put the game on my Mushkin 32GB flash drive it has been locked at 60FPS no matter where I am or what I'm doing. You might as well give it a shot to at least see. Let us know if you need any help with these ideas.
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