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7850 low FPS on WoW?

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September 19, 2012 11:41:55 PM

I recently came back onto WoW for MoP with a new graphics card and the FPS seems extremely low for a 7850. I'm running 1920x1080 on ultra settings but only getting 30-45 FPS depending on where I am. Any reasoning or fix behind this? All the benchmarks I've seen seem to suggest that I should definitely be getting at least 60FPS

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September 20, 2012 12:10:22 AM

What are your other specs it could be something else limiting the FPS (CPU?).
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September 20, 2012 12:16:32 AM

That does seem a little low to me. Unless you have a very slow dual core CPU or a minimal internet connection you should be getting more than that.

I've got a 4650 in my older laptop and run it at "fair" setting with some stuff set to the good setting default and usually run 35-50 FPS @ 1920x1080. (With standard wow lag spikes dropping it down to 1-2 FPS at random times)

Now that's a lot less demanding than ultra, but the 7850 should just decimate my chip.

You may also want to see what add-ons your running. While most don't affect your FPS (or only minimally), others can slow things down. When I removed carbonite I gained 5-6 FPS across the board. If your loaded down with a dozen of big add-ons this may cause you to loose 10-15 FPS.
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September 20, 2012 4:13:11 AM

Might be my addons, but I basically use the most general/necessary ones.

I'm running a Phenom II X6 1055T. Not the newest, but it should be good enough for the games I play. 4GB ram and also running Windows 7

Don't know if it helps but I can play D3 on highest settings, but Guild Wars 2 is pretty bad on high/ultra settings.
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September 20, 2012 5:29:20 AM

Phenom II X6 1055T runs at 2.8Ghz so that isn't the problem (my quad runs at 2.66). To note, WoW only uses 3 cores tops, and I rarely stress 3 at a time. So unless your doing a lot of stuff in the background, you wont see much use for the extra 3 cores.

You could try to O/C your CPU to 3Ghz and see if that makes a 10% or so difference. I'm just not sure what the issue is. Alternatively, you could just drop it to "high" quality and see if that boosts your FPS. If not, then it obviously isn't a GPU issue.
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September 20, 2012 6:21:05 AM

just to add a note. I remember the 7850 reviews mention plenty of problems with WoW, crashing and unstable performances. not sure if it has anything to do with your issues but just wanted to make you aware that it may be a 7850 vs wow thing.
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September 20, 2012 12:08:35 PM

QEFX is right. And yes, you have pretty much a good rig that can run wow ultra with at least 60+ fps on that resolution. could the lags be the problem because of the drivers?? i would do so if i was you cause 7xxx series drivers are still new and not optimized well.
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September 20, 2012 12:23:20 PM

If you haven't updated to the lastest drivers, try that first. You should be getting better fps than that, so you were right to worry.
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September 20, 2012 12:23:52 PM

Hongg said:
Might be my addons, but I basically use the most general/necessary ones.

Did you update your addons recently? I'm pretty sure WoW America is on 5.0.5. When I returned to WoW for MoP on 5.0.5, my addons were from 4.2 and performance was craptastic. Updating them to the latest versions made everything smooth again. Also make sure you are using the latest AMD drivers (12.8) there is a big difference between them and prior drivers.
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September 20, 2012 12:25:16 PM

Yes 7800 is having these issues, but not 7700 or 7900.

Make sure your running in fullscreen mode, not windows full screen. Disable V-sync and turn off power saving mode while your playing, I heard the card seems to drop to 2d clocks which causes the issues.

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September 20, 2012 6:55:28 PM

I was playing on windows mode and just switched to full screen. There's a boost in FPS but fraps is still telling me that I'm getting around 35-50 throughout Elywnn and SW. I'm also updated to the newest drivers and addons for WoW.
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February 20, 2013 12:33:46 PM

geekapproved said:
Yes 7800 is having these issues, but not 7700 or 7900.

Make sure your running in fullscreen mode, not windows full screen. Disable V-sync and turn off power saving mode while your playing, I heard the card seems to drop to 2d clocks which causes the issues.


Power saving mode in Windows 7 or power saving mode in ATI catalyst?
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