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WoW updated rig issues

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September 16, 2011 12:41:52 AM

Original Rig:
Phenom II x2 555 BE @ 3.2Ghz - UPGRADED to x4 955 (gonna OC soon)
EVGA GTX 460 768MB - UPGRADED to Galaxy 560 Ti 1GB
Gigabyte MA785GM MOBO
Kingston 2x2GB RAM

Was playing WoW solid on good/high settings with 30-60 FPS in BGs/Arena and 20-30 FPS in Raids (not 100% but around that, it was smooth enough).

After the upgrade (since MMOs are CPU intensive) I thought WoW would fly :pfff:  (high BARE minimum), however on ultra settings im getting terrible FPS on a FULL population server:

Playing @ 1920 by 1080 resolution
PEAK HOUR
Settings ULTRA
MID Org - 12 FPS
Durotar - ~22 FPS

Settings HIGH
MID Org - 14 FPS
Durotar - ~34 FPS

Settings custom good/high
MID Org - 14 FPS
Durotar - ~43

Am I doing it wrong or did I just waste $400.......


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September 16, 2011 5:14:23 AM

First of all, WoW will only use two cores of your processor. Disable vsync, if it's got one. Disable shadows or soft shadows if they implemented it. Ultra setting WILL kill your PC, trust me on this, as devs didn't really optimize it. Also, disable frame rate limiter, I know there is one in there, in video options.

On my system I was geting 100+ FPS outside cities, and inside the very badly optimized Dalaran, around 40ish, same FPS in raids. In main cities I was getting 50+, no matter the hour. Also, check your programs running in the background, maybe even disable your AV while you're gaming. Use TuneUp utilities and scan your PC also, CCleaner.
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September 16, 2011 12:48:11 PM

Does any other game have dips in performance like in WoW ?
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September 16, 2011 4:54:58 PM

Im not 100% sure, I tried GTA 4 on recommended settings (mostly very high) and I'm getting a smooth ~40 FPS depending on the area. About to try out BFBC2

@Eldd You're right, WoW does not utilize more than 2 cores which is sad - I guess I'm not seeing any performance increase since both the 555 and 955 are both clocked @ 3.2 GHz. Planning to go up to 3.8 GHz with an aftermarket heatsink and that should do the trick.
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September 16, 2011 5:08:06 PM

The game is supposed to run great for you even if you OC or not.

Report back if BFBC2 runs well or not.
Set the affinity of the game to 4 cores. See if that helps in any way.
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September 16, 2011 5:10:51 PM

BFBC2 - advanced settings with everything HIGH AA x4 on africa harbor gives me MIN: 35 MAX: 60.

@Gman450 from reading multiple forums, setting affinity to 15 only tells the game you HAVE 4 cores, but it's not going to use ALL 4, basically just picks 2

I feel like something is bottle necking my system, however I have no idea what it is.
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September 16, 2011 5:13:53 PM

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affinity to 15

:heink: 
I guess that was a dumb assumption.
The game wasn't optimized well enough, and since you're not having any troubles with other games, I'd probably say this is a problem with the game itself. Are your drivers up to date ? Have you defragged your HDD ? Ran ccleaner to clean the registry ?
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September 16, 2011 5:14:54 PM

Which OS are you using BTW ? The bit interface as well.
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September 16, 2011 5:25:37 PM

Just turned off VSync and shadows to low in WoW and it made it better, gonna test at peak hour later.
Is it normal for a stock 955 BE to reach 55C in a game / 33C idle (it's FREAKING COLD IN MY BASEMENT)
Running Win7 Prof 64-bit / Ill try registry clean / Would HDD really matter?
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September 16, 2011 9:39:19 PM

freshtodeath said:
Just turned off VSync and shadows to low in WoW and it made it better, gonna test at peak hour later.
Is it normal for a stock 955 BE to reach 55C in a game / 33C idle (it's FREAKING COLD IN MY BASEMENT)
Running Win7 Prof 64-bit / Ill try registry clean / Would HDD really matter?


My 965 stays at 52-53 idle and 57-58 while gaming, with stock cooling.
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September 16, 2011 9:59:11 PM

Are you running a modified UI?

Some mods have been known to slow frame rates down tremendously if they are out of date.

Also are you running WoW with DX11?
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September 16, 2011 11:17:22 PM

yeah i got 7mb worth of addons but it's not it, and Im in dx9 mode
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September 16, 2011 11:30:10 PM

Well, try running wow with all of the addons turned off and try running it in DX11 mode as well.
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September 17, 2011 4:34:06 AM

its probably your CPU. WoW is a very heavy CPU dependent game and a 460 should be plenty to run max settings over 30 fps in raids and bgs. Went through the same thing upgraded to a 956 3.4 mhz and no problems. I do have a gtx 570 apm edition tho so not sure what your fps will be with your card.
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September 17, 2011 5:34:52 AM

I wouldn't really run it in DX11 as I do remember a few months back Blizzard stated that option was actually added as a command line to test, and not a direct option to be set in game's settings. Game should run better in DX10 mode.
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September 17, 2011 3:23:35 PM

Not sure if you have tried this, but I do it for just about all games:
Right click the launcher, and go to properties - compatibility tab - disable desktop composition.
Usually helps...
Personally, I had to bypass the launcher and run straight from wow.exe as the game would not work at all after last patch.

Also, I ctrl-alt-del and shut off just about every process I am sure I don't need.
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September 17, 2011 10:07:47 PM

Enabling DX11 in WoW doesn't require you to modify the Config.txt file anymore. It is a drag down option within the video settings since 4.1.

Also his processor should be more then enough to handle that game.

I have a feeling it is a add on that is slowing him down. Ive seen this in the past with even beefier machines. a badly coded add on or an outdated one that throws a lot of errors, especially if you have an error display mod, can bog down a system so much that the game suffers.

Try running the game with a completely stock UI and go from there. If it persists, try changing or rolling back video drivers or even adding more ram.
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September 20, 2011 8:31:34 AM

Jprobes said:
Enabling DX11 in WoW doesn't require you to modify the Config.txt file anymore. It is a drag down option within the video settings since 4.1.



Well, it will still bug out at times and you will need to create a desktop shortcut go to properties and in target field add -d3d11 to the end to make it run in dx11 on start-up because sometimes it has a problem with reverting back to dx9.
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September 21, 2011 3:19:48 AM

Yeah I have noticed that also. I have to manually click on the dx11 to get it into mode. Kinda scrubby needing updating kinda thing.
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January 22, 2012 4:06:34 PM

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January 22, 2012 4:06:39 PM

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