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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm--Tom's Performance Guide

Textures: Projected Textures

You can either turn Projected Textures on or off. The tooltip reads, "enables the projecting of textures to the environment. Disabling this may greatly improve performance."

Don't disable it, though. As you can see below, I've cast Consecrate in both screen shots. In the first, you can't see the spell at all. In the second, you can. Without textures projected onto the environment, there's a fair chance you'll have trouble with Algalon, Lady Deathwhisper, Halion, and Sindragosa. Any fight where there is something on the ground that you need to avoid becomes significantly harder if you...well, can't see whatever it is you're supposed to be avoiding.

Projected Textures: Disabled

Oh no! Where's the consecrate?

Projected Textures: Enabled

Ah ha, there it is.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.