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8-01-2009 @ 6:27PM
i smell x-pack or graphics overhaul
8-01-2009 @ 6:36PM
god we could use an overhaul.
8-01-2009 @ 7:21PM
I really don't want the graphics to be any better or the requirements to be any higher.I have a fairly decent machine and I STILL can't turn everything all the way up without having unplayable framerates...3.4GHz Core2DuoNvidia Geforce 9800GT4GB ram500GB HDDXP SP3...Krickhttp://www.tankadin.com/forum
8-01-2009 @ 7:56PM
I think I'll agree with Krick. I tested my old PC on the site www.SystemRequirementsLab.com (which compares your PC with the Blizzard's official requirement-info) and my PC was as far to the right of the scale as it could possibly be (which means that it was top-notch compared to Blizzard's recommended requirements). However, in the actual game, I still had relatively low fps and in "stressed situations" (raiding!) it was probably about 10-20 and could easily go below 10.My new PC is slightly better, but my fps is still fighting to stay above 30 most of the time, and I'm beginning to put my video-effects to "Lowest" when raiding.I'm tempted to say that Blizzard's current recommended requirements should be changed to the minimum requirements! But of course, I suppose that they are simply assuming that a PC that can give you a decent amount of fps while standing in Desolace lives up to the requirements. If they had more realistic requirements, I suppose that they would get less customers, as people with mediocre PCs would be afraid to buy the game. So if the game is getting better graphics, I think they should reduce the current system-requirements in some way. I previously read a comment on this site which argued that the current game-world is not build in a very "system-friendly" way - I believe his argument was that buildings and locations in WoW could have been designed in a way that wouldn't require so much from PCs and that other games used this technology. Another comment argued that the lag in Wintergrasp could be reduced by giving each class a default gear-look in the zone (because you probably don't care if the player you're fighting has Season 7 or Tier 7, at least not in a massive battle). Those, or similar ideas, seems like possibilities to reduce the current system-requirements and still improve the game-graphics.
8-01-2009 @ 8:02PM
I'm running 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS, 4 gb ram, and 286 HD on Vista (Win7 when I get around to it)... In other words, slightly worse than your rig and I get a solid 55 FPS with full graphics. That dips to 20-30 during raids, so I usually turn shadows off and get 40, maybe 20 in combat. Don't know what your issue is here.
8-01-2009 @ 9:24PM
I thought Ram for XP capped out at 2gb and anything over actually slowed it down.
8-01-2009 @ 10:19PM
xp as a "cap" at 3gb... doesnt really matter if you have more
8-01-2009 @ 11:06PM
@Narshe and ziggler32-bit XP can benefit from more than 3 GB of RAM by using the /3gb switch in your boot.ini though that still only gets you 3 and change and poses its own issues. The 2 GB limit refers to 1 application consuming more than 2 GB by itself. More info here:http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/showdoc.aspx?i=3034
8-02-2009 @ 12:42AM
Believe it or not, this isn't a graphics issue. WoW is not a graphics intensive program, it's CPU intensive. All the processing that happens when handling the hundred or so people running around dalaran is a lot for most computers to handle. The same is true in many raid settings. There's a LOT of data being handled when 25 players are wailing on a bunch of targets, just watch your combat log in Everything mode.Several months back I picked up an nVidia GTX 280, at the time it was one of the best cards available. The game looks absolutely gorgeous and I have the settings turned up to max. In old world content I often get well over 100fps, but in Dalaran it's usually around 15. The hangup is in my two year old Intel C2D E4500 2.2GHz CPU. WoW bends it over its knee and makes it squeal.
8-02-2009 @ 1:41AM
A larger issue as well are the shadows. Turn everything up but the shadows to max and you'll notice an immediate difference in dal, when i did that for my buddy his framerates doubled in dal. In org he'd get 18fps and after turning shadows two notches from max he got a constant 60 in all old-world content.This is definitely just to get some information on the kinds of systems their userbase has so they know how far they can push graphics in the new content. I verywell doubt they'll overhaul old azeroth, at least in full, but for new content they're always trying to push a little more.
8-02-2009 @ 9:12AM
I did that systems analysis thing, my computer failed - it seems it hasn't been updated for Windows 7 yet.On the topic of graphics, it's true the shadows do absolutely kill your system if it's a medium spec one, so I suggest turning them off or just at one notch in.
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