So yeah, this is my first post on the site and I'm kind of a hardware noob. I've run into a little issue but it is bugging the crap out of me and nobody seems to be able to tell me what is wrong.
I recently upgraded my system and subsequently bought Oblivion from a friend. I had waited for like a month to get it and was really stoked when I finally installed it. So I started playing it, and everything was going good, that is until I got outside. I noticed the framerate was a little slow. It got even worse when I got on horseback. The framerate wasn't consistent though, it was cycling between 30 fps and about 14 fps, so it looked kind of glitchy or laggy. The framerate got even worse when an NPC was nearby, at one point dropping to 4 fps.
Considering my current system, I don't see how this is possible. I spent a decent amount of money to be able to run games like this, and yet I'm having a framerate issue? I should note that it seems exclusive to Oblivion, as I can run COD4 and CSS with no problem on high settings.
That's another weird thing: I can change the video settings in Oblivion from lowest possible to highest possible and back again, but the framerate issue persists. I tweaked every possible setting, even some of the values in the ini file, but nothing helps.
So here's my system:
AMD Athlon X2 64 3800+ @ 2GHz
Geforce 9600GT 512MB
2 GB RAM
I installed the latest drivers for the graphics card.
I honestly don't know what the problem could be. I anyone could tell me anything, even just a guess, as to what might fix this, I would be very grateful. I want to know why I'm only getting around 20 fps on a system that seems capable (to me) of at least 3 times that.
Yeah well it turns out that the whole problem was the integrated sound card. I suppose it simply wasn't good enough to run well with the game. I turned off integrated sound and installed a Sound Blaster Live card and now everything works like a dream. Thanks to everybody for their help!
First, whats your screen size/resolution? Second, youll only get 60 fps indoors/in cities, not outdoors in this game with that card, no matter how fast your cpu is. Heres a link for tweaking Oblivion http://www.tweakguides.com/Oblivion_1.html Read it, itll help. Theres other things on that site to help you adjust your entire rig
I was running on lowest possible settings and still had this problem. I was at a ridiculously low resolution, under 800x 600, and the game essentially looked like an N64 game. That isn't an exaggeration. I originally did suspect that my CPU was to blame, but I've heard of other people using a CPU similar to mine and not having such a problem.
did you install the amd dual core optimizer and the microsoft dual core hotfix?
I haven't done that yet, so I'll give it a try. Dual core optimization seems to be a good solution, because if this is indeed a cpu problem, as it appears to be, than focusing on utilizing both cores seems like a good idea.
It's really only Oblivion that shows any problems. It's just so cpu intensive. I don't really know of any tweaks to fix that and help the frame rate unfortunately, though maybe somebody else here does. I'm considering just upgrading to an Intel Core2 Duo E8400, because I'll probably need the extra processing power in the future anyway.
I used to have a 3700+, single core, 1900xt 512mb, and it ran Oblivion fine, except in some instances, where I had to turn down settings in game. Shadows demand a lot in this game. Id tweak ingame as much as is acceptable first