Environment: View Distance
There are five options for View Distance. According to the tooltip, this setting "controls how far you can see. Larger view distances require more memory and a faster processor."
It's interesting that Blizzard shares the increased processing/memory load demanded by expanding view distance. Naturally, as PC gaming enthusiasts, we want the ability to turn everything up as high as it'll go. This is reflected in our benchmarks, but it's worth noting that the heavy hit some of our CPUs take could be a result of this setting dialed in to Ultra.
This is decidedly not the way you want to be playing Cataclysm. If you have to turn View Distance down to Low, it's time for an upgrade.
Environmental details that simply weren't visible previously now pop up on the screen. This is a lot better, but you'd still want to push the view distance out farther, ideally.
Trees, waterfalls, and the stone cliff come into focus here.
The fog lifts from additional parts of this scene's background as we dial up to High View Distance.
This is as good as it gets. You can't see the mountain in the background, but there are more trees back there than there were previously. If you can, this is the setting we'd recommend using.
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Kind of unfortunate to see if I had gone with an i5 750 instead of a 955 I'd be seeing more fps. Although the money I saved for the same frames in most other games leaves me happy.Reply
WOW only uses 2 cores by default. However youc an configure it to "quasi" use more cores. you have to manually edit your config.wtf and change the variable: SET processAffinityMask "3" (3 is the default meaning 2 cores) to the following values for respective processors:Reply
i7 Qudcore with Ht- 85
Any Quadcore chips with no HT - 15
i5 Quadcore which does not have HT as far as I know - 15
i5 Dualcore with HT- 5
Dualcore with HT- 5
Dualcore without HT - 5
AMD tricore - 7
There used to be a blue post explaining the settings and how to calculate it for different cores. But the old forums got wiped.
not a that big fan of wow, but still happy to see that they do keep in mind that people also have low end hardware too.Reply
I'm impressed, if Chris went to all that trouble to benchmark the new expansion for a mmorpg in such great detail it can me only 2 things:Reply
1. Chris is a closet WoW-player
2. Really bored
With that said, i really do hope to see more of these articles, albeit with a more demanding title on the bench, even if it's from a "lesser" developer/publisher combo.
PS: I do hope ppl appreciate my sense of humor :P
Damn fine job Mr. Angelini, the most comprehensive hardware guide i've ever seen for WoW. This will save me hours, if not days of time when talking to players about their systems. Much appreciated.Reply
The Intel CPU scaling part was lacking...i7 980X at 3.7GHz? For WoW? Really?Reply
And why only Corei CPUs? Where are all the Core2s? 75% of Intel users still use Core2s and 775s!
i hate you so much tom's hardware ... now i have to go buy an intel proc instead of my phenom ii x4 :D ... and add a dx11 board on top of it ... oh well, there goes my santa's gift :PReply
Simply astounded by the time and effort that must have went into this piece. It also makes me greatly look forward to my new Maingear desktop arriving on the 23rd just in time for Christmas. Dual OC gtx580s in sli with a corei7 FTW. Ultra everything here I come!Reply
SpadeMI'm impressed, if Chris went to all that trouble to benchmark the new expansion for a mmorpg in such great detail it can me only 2 things:1. Chris is a closet WoW-player2. Really boredWith that said, i really do hope to see more of these articles, albeit with a more demanding title on the bench, even if it's from a "lesser" developer/publisher combo. PS: I do hope ppl appreciate my sense of humorReply
It's a little easier to talk about WoW since I've been playing it for way too long, but I definitely want to see us doing more comprehensive coverage of demanding titles on launch day. It's all a matter of trying to convince the software guys to give a hardware site early access to the game. That's the hard part :)
With hardware-accelerated cursor now enabled, OpenGL has finally become usable in WoW; was there any testing done on that? Not only does it sometimes give a boost to Nvidia cards, it's also the 'default' setting for Linux players - incidentally, the ones who were asking for the feature for a while.Reply