Mass Effect Legendary Edition doesn’t need a lot of graphics processing power to shine, but it looks like it can have issues with laptops. I’ve recently been comparing the classic space role-playing game on various machines and I’ve been impressed with the performance on offer. At least I was until I got to the MSI laptops we use for testing. They both did the remake of the Bioware classic as an absolute dog.
The GE76 Raider claims a GeForce RTX 3070, while the GF65 Thin has a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to name its own. However, both machines produced slow performance below 20 fps by default.
This is because both machines were defaulted to Intel integrated graphics for rendering duties and not to Nvidia silicon.
The solution is quite simple: open the Nvidia control panel by right-clicking on the desktop and setting your preferred graphics processor to High-Performance Nvidia Processor in the drop-down list. By default, it is set to automatic detection, which usually happens on the discrete GPU when needed, although it is clearly not there.
Once done, you should see much healthier frame rates. In this case, Mass Effect Legendary Edition jumped up to 116 fps on the MSI GF65 Thin powered by the GTX 1660 Ti and up to 173 fps on the MSI GE76 Raider. A modification that is definitely worth doing and something worth watching for in the future.