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High end Gaming Rig- mediocre fps on wow ultra settings

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August 28, 2012 12:44:31 PM

Hello, this is my first post in Tom's Hardware forum. I follow the news and this forums for quite some time but never had the necessity to open a thread before.

I recently just got my gaming rig system and brand new and all parts are high end(well i assumed it is) anyways.. when i started playing wow most of the time my fps remained at 60 Vsync on but when i go to high populated areas such as oggrimar or stormwind where there are heaps of characters and objects i get dips to 40-45fps on ultra max settings. I got a friend in which his build was inferior to mine yet his fps remains 60 regardless of where he goes

My specs are:

Core i7 3770 CPU @3.4ghz turboboost to 3.9(not k version)
Asus Sabertooth z77
Default case cooling( my mobo and system never heats up high anyway
Corsair Vengeange 16gb Ram
GPU:GIGABYTE NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 2gb oc version
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD
Western Digital 2TB HDD
Enermax 1050w psu

Some notes on the system:

- I play at 1600x1200 resolution monitor Syncmaster 223bw - RAM, Graphics Card and PSU are very recent
- Operating System is Windows 7 Home Premium and is installed on the SSD drive for fast boot times and operation (Windows 7 ultimate was tried too)


August 28, 2012 1:06:50 PM

WOW is CPU intensive perhaps hyperthreading is affecting the performance - could try disabling it. What processor does friend have? Is your RAM clocked (and set in BIOS) at 1600?
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August 28, 2012 1:11:30 PM

That's a good system.

I've heard of people having similar problems and usually due to the processor. In some cases disabling HyperThreading has increased performance and in other cases it's remained the same or even decreased performance.

If you're still having this problem try disabling V-Sync? See what happens
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August 28, 2012 2:06:56 PM

iirc, wow is limited by its engine, even though you got the best CPU out there the game cannot use it completely. (check your utilization, I bet you have like 1 core at 100% and rest at like 20% or less)
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August 28, 2012 3:53:20 PM

I bet your friend uses lower settings. It's impossible to get 60 fps in highly populated cities at maximum graphics level with today's hardware.
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August 28, 2012 10:05:51 PM

I have the same CPU as you and I maintain 50-60 on a worse video card.

Just attempting to eliminate noise's theory.
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August 28, 2012 10:22:23 PM

voiidwulf said:
I have the same CPU as you and I maintain 50-60 on a worse video card.

Just attempting to eliminate noise's theory.


Not on maximum settings in heavily crowded city.
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August 28, 2012 10:55:16 PM

ubere said:
Hello, this is my first post in Tom's Hardware forum. I follow the news and this forums for quite some time but never had the necessity to open a thread before.

I recently just got my gaming rig system and brand new and all parts are high end(well i assumed it is) anyways.. when i started playing wow most of the time my fps remained at 60 Vsync on but when i go to high populated areas such as oggrimar or stormwind where there are heaps of characters and objects i get dips to 40-45fps on ultra max settings. I got a friend in which his build was inferior to mine yet his fps remains 60 regardless of where he goes

My specs are:

Core i7 3770 CPU @3.4ghz turboboost to 3.9(not k version)
Asus Sabertooth z77
Default case cooling( my mobo and system never heats up high anyway
Corsair Vengeange 16gb Ram
GPU:GIGABYTE NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 2gb oc version
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD
Western Digital 2TB HDD
Enermax 1050w psu

Some notes on the system:

- I play at 1600x1200 resolution monitor Syncmaster 223bw - RAM, Graphics Card and PSU are very recent
- Operating System is Windows 7 Home Premium and is installed on the SSD drive for fast boot times and operation (Windows 7 ultimate was tried too)



Tell me, ubere :ouch: 

Is all your nvidia control panel setting default? And using the LucidLogix Virtu MVP ?

__Y_/_N________Y_/_N_______________________


Have you installed ALL Asus's drivers and utilities? Including intel chipset updates? And have you done a BIOS update(MB)?

__Y_/_N________Y_/_N__________Y_/_N_________
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August 28, 2012 11:02:22 PM

He doesn't need a bios update to play World of Warcraft. And Asus crapware (or utilities, as you call them) could only decrease the performance.
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August 28, 2012 11:07:41 PM

Sunius said:
He doesn't need a bios update to play World of Warcraft. And Asus crapware (or utilities, as you call them) could only decrease the performance.

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That is precisely why Im asking......most ppl get uber rigs pre-assembled with everything preloaded and come to forums when they don't know what the f is wrong....
I need to know.

There are numerous problems with sabertooths. just google : asus sabertooth z77 stuttering
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August 28, 2012 11:43:15 PM

Sunius said:
Not on maximum settings in heavily crowded city.


Maximum settings in the wilderness. I just started playing, haven't really encountered any big cities yet. Got the battlechest, WoTLK and Cataclysm for $5 each at gamestop.
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August 29, 2012 6:08:23 AM

blakwidowrsa said:
Tell me, ubere :ouch: 

Is all your nvidia control panel setting default? And using the LucidLogix Virtu MVP ?

__Y_/_N________Y_/_N_______________________


Have you installed ALL Asus's drivers and utilities? Including intel chipset updates? And have you done a BIOS update(MB)?

__Y_/_N________Y_/_N__________Y_/_N_________


hello thank you for asking, but yeah all my chipsets and drivers etc are updated, but i havent got lucidlogix virtu mvp might dl it now...
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August 29, 2012 7:54:07 AM

ubere said:
hello thank you for asking, but yeah all my chipsets and drivers etc are updated, but i havent got lucidlogix virtu mvp might dl it now...



Let me know how the MVP works out, supposedly it enables and balances the cpu gfx extentions, ultimately lightening the gfx load.

It kinda makes sense to keep those other 'idle' cores busy by enabling the on-die gfx.Maybe it kicks the whole cpu in sync.

:heink: 
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August 29, 2012 10:55:41 AM

I wouldn't advice installing Virtu MVP, because it's still at a very buggy stage.

OP, you will not get better performance. That's how World of Warcraft is. You're getting appropriate frame rates for your rig.
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August 29, 2012 10:56:32 AM

voiidwulf said:
Maximum settings in the wilderness. I just started playing, haven't really encountered any big cities yet. Got the battlechest, WoTLK and Cataclysm for $5 each at gamestop.


That's fair enough. But when you get to a big city (like stormwind/orgrimmar), at the center of it at peak hours, you'll get your FPS drops :) .
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