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3-15-2011 @ 4:34PM
I am currently waiting for Intel to fix the problems with the Sandy Bridge line, but until then I am stuck with my 2003 Dell, single core running 30 fps at the best of times, sometimes less than 10 fps in a 25 man raid. I don't do those very often, obviously, because I usually have to bail due to not being able to see anything.But what I have found, based on experiments conducted with the assistance of add-on control panel (if you don't have it, get it!), is that add-ons are not the make-it or break-it part of running a smooth game. I use 22 add-ons, including Grid, IceHUD, DBM, and Auctionator. I use AOCP to quickly turn off those that are not immediately needed, so I actually only use about 18 at once, and I get about 30 fps, as I mentioned.But you know what, under similar conditions, with all 22 running, I only dropped to about 25 fps. So I turned everything off, and only came up to about 37. Those 7 fps are not worth it to lose all the functionality I get from the add-ons.Take hints from here and the add-on spotlight column to find the smaller footprint add-ons, but don't avoid them just because you are afraid they are slowing down your performance too much. It really does not make a huge difference. :)
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