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Under-Performing Laptop?

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Hey guys,

I don't know much about computers, but I feel my laptop is underperforming after doing the Novabench test. 

Verified Novabench Score: 534

Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Intel Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.40GHz running at 2401 MHz 
NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M GPU
8076 MB System RAM (Score: 162)
- RAM Speed: 5436 MB/s
CPU Tests (Score: 326)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 116824680
- Integer Operations/Second: 487118936
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 292147
Graphics Tests (Score: 23)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 83
Hardware Tests (Score: 23)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 373 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 49 MB/s

Any insight/comments or things to improve? I know its a laptop, but it just isn't what I expected when I bought it.

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Since it's a year old, first thing I'll recommend is to clean any dust out. You should probably open it up to get everything.

Clogged airways/fans might be causing high temperatures, so your system would scale down the performance to keep it cool.

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It turns on my laptop wasn't on High Performance Power Plan, and that has made all the difference:

Verified Novabench Score: 988

Test run on March 23, 2016 at 00:06
Microsoft Windows 10 Home

Intel Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.40GHz running at 2401 MHz 

NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M GPU

8076 MB System RAM (Score: 172)
- RAM Speed: 7485 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 728)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 204819376
- Integer Operations/Second: 806355288
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1125712

Graphics Tests (Score: 52)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 172

Hardware Tests (Score: 36)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 373 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 119 MB/s

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