I seem to be getting pretty low frame rates with my GTX 470 on my new gaming rig, dropping down to even the low 15-20range on FFXIV when other players are saying they are getting much higher frame rates with older cards.....
I run the game at 1680x1050 res, with most things turned to max except AA i left at x4, but ive also tried running at a lower res and even with x16 AA and it doesnt seem to change my frame rates at all... Im not sure how my CPU can still be bottlenecking it unless i need to OC it.. Below ill post my Gaming setup
The game is more beastly that your typical game, so even with most features turned off, there's a lot to show on the screen at any one time. I'd try reducing that AA to 2x or 0 just to see how it runs at 1680x1050.
Yeah, if changing graphic settings makes absolutely no difference in FPS that means your slowdown is somewhere else. CPU limitation, pagefile swap, etc. Never played any of the Final Fantasy stuff, so I have no experience with what you SHOULD be getting FPS wise. But 15-20fps seems pretty darn low from what I've read, especially at 1680x1050.
EDIT: Oh.. by the way. Just to make sure... you're not using WiFi to connect online are you? Cause latency issues with WiFi create a lot of game performance issues on the FPS end of things.
SOudns to me like drivers or something, You have a decent CPU and GPU. And your CPU is fine, never played the game, so suggesting drivers or faluty GPU, try to use a different GPU or try yours in another system.
This game is EXTREMELY demanding, and while your CPU is pretty good, it's not as fast as say an i5 or i7 at 3.6. If changing graphic settings like AA from 2x, 4x and 16x don't make any difference on your frame rates, it's definitely a CPU limitation. Crank that sucker up to 4+.
When I was playing beta, I'd get 60+ running around outside, and 25-40 in town in heavily populated areas, so it should run even better with recent optimizations, but I have an i7 930 @ 3.8, which significantly more powerful then your phenom @ 3.6
The game is really nice, but man is it ever a demanding game, especially for an MMO.