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I'm trying to play Civ6 at bare minimum settings and my hardware reaches recommended requirements, but sometimes when I boot the game it runs at 5fps with very little GPU utilization and ~ 200MHz clock speed.

My current fix is to reboot my machine and load in again, which sometimes does fix the problem and I get ~60fps with a GPU clock speed ~1000MHz.

Any tips on how to get more consistent performance?

Specs: HP Elitebook 840G5 with built-in AMD Radeon RX 540 updated to latest driver version.

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AMD has a feature called "Cool and Quiet" which a lot of people have been having issues with lately.

  • Make sure you have the latest chipset drivers installed.
  • According to this post by an AMD employee, monitoring tools such as CPU-Z can screw up the Cool and Quiet feature. They recommend AMD Ryzen Master Utility
  • If all else fails, you can disable the feature in the BIOS. You could also try setting "Power Plan" to "High Performance" in Windows (Control Panel --> Power Options --> Advanced). Note that both of these will reduce battery times.

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