Low FPS in WOW

June 22, 2009 at 13:50:23
Specs: Windows XP

I have a NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS. It is a 512mb graphics card. I use windows XP and run nothing other than wow on this computer. I have an AMD Anthlon 64 processor 3500+ running at 2.2 GHz and 3.5 GB of RAM and I still have low FPS. It runs around 10-20 FPS at best. I have a new 24 inch 1080p LCD monitor? Any ideas as to what I can do to improve my FPS?

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June 22, 2009 at 14:41:09

"I have a new 24 inch 1080p LCD monitor"

Did you have FPS problems before you go the 24" monitor?

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June 22, 2009 at 15:33:14

Unfortunately yes I did. I was hoping it would help but it didn't.

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June 22, 2009 at 16:14:06

Any recommendations?

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June 23, 2009 at 15:54:02

lol....that's like driving a car that can't go faster than 55MPH on a road with a higher speed limit. The speed limit increase doesn't automagically increase the ability of your car. Or something.

Get a better car...uh, I mean video card.

Don't listen to this BS. WOW was designed to run on hardware years older than what you have.

There are a few things you could look at first,
1. are you running a virus scanner? Norton, AVG, etc. tend to take up considerable CPU and HD time.
2. How many apps are open when you launch the task manager? A trim system should only have between 20-30 tasks at any given time.
3. Are you trying to run everything on the highest settings? If you reduce the resolution to 1024x768, or 800x600, does the frame rate improve any?

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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June 23, 2009 at 16:42:46

"You apparently are unfamiliar with the concept of metaphor. I was attempting to illustrate the futility of upgrading a monitor expecting it to have any effect on graphics performance. Pay attention."

If this was a traditional CRT monitor, than that would make sense. However on an LCD monitor there is something called "native resolution" which most people have their monitor set at. With newer LCD's that can be something insane like 1440x900 for a 17". If he is running the game at a higher resolution as such, than yes his game will gun slower than if he was trying to run it at 1024x768 on a normal monitor. I was paying attention, thats why I asked what happens when he goes to a smaller resolution.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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June 29, 2009 at 14:28:01

Thank you both for your advice. I have turned the resolution down and don't see any real improvements on the frame rate. I looked at my task manager and only have 17 processes running in the background. WOW is 18 when I'm on. I don't know what else it could be. I have some addons but I shut off the ones that use a lot of memory while I'm raiding.

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June 30, 2009 at 22:02:14

what are the exact specs of your ram ( make model FSB )

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July 3, 2009 at 14:24:37

I'm not sure who makes all of my RAM. I think it is Kingston but I'm not positive. I think most of my RAM is from them but I may have a chip that is from someone else. I downloaded a program that measures FBS and it is 200.3 MHz at the moment. I hope this helps.

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July 9, 2009 at 18:32:59

hmmm, i need help too my Frame rate is pretty low [14-22 fps] when i am not inside a building... when i am inside a building in WoW i get like 55 - 60 fps... i run it on 1280x1024 resolu....
well i am running it on ultra graphics settings... but it should be fine... heres my comp specs:

Windows XP Pro 32 bit
Intel Pentium Dual Core e5200 @ 2.50 GHz
2 GB ram
Nvidia GeForce GTX 9500 1 GB

That should be more than enough to have my FPS around 30 -40 if i am out in the world not in buildings like Exodar... right? or will my fps just not go up if i play in Ultra settings..

I dont lag and the game play is fluid, but when i enter a building u can tell the difference... its extremely smooth inside a building...

I use McAfee as my security, but when i Ctrl alt del my cp usage doesnt exceed 4-9% maybe if i make the ram 4gb... i dunno

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July 28, 2009 at 06:57:37

I'm having similar problems in wow, here are my specs:
Coolmaster HAF full tower including ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 mobo, Intel core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz, 12 GB of Corsair DDR3 RAM, NVidia GeForce GTX 285, PSU 1000W running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit and WoW basically. I built the system myself, my first build and yes i'm sure, like everyone else, you're saying overkill. I wanted fast, efficient and super quiet and it is all that. I went from 3 fps in dalaran to 60 fps. One suggestion i have to the OP: PSU can make a world of difference. I had a 4 year old sony viao which was doin remarkably well running vista home premium and wow but i put a pny video card in it and the psu wasn't powerful enuf and it just lagged all over the place lol.

Also, I was in a raid recently and some guy offered up a bit of info that if you turned off your vertical sync it would correct fast systems like mine to not stop at the "60 fps limit" . I thought that was as high as you could get but it wasn't. Mine instantly shot to 172 fps in raid, during battle. I was shocked.

Now I have a question but let me say that after getting that 172 fps, i couldn't leave well enough alone. NOOOO i had to go into nvidia control panel and screw things up. Because i'm a self defeatist i guess. Now i'm down to 60 fps again. Nvidia gives us this nice control panel to go "oooh ahhhh" and mess with and then go "damnit! what did i do :-( ".

I've stared at that control panel for the past 5 hours trying to understand what all those things mean and I have no idea. I don't really know all that much about video settings. I'm not a computer guy really, i just like to game. I needed a new comp and it was too expensive to buy for what i wanted so i took some lessons on the internet and built my own. Someone help this 40 yr. old gamer out and point me in the right direction for instruction on how to set up my video card. I don't even think my eyes can see the difference between 172 fps and 60 but it's nice to know i could get it now i just want it back.

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July 29, 2009 at 02:49:23

Hey there FPS seekers

@ The "old" tweaker since i'm 47 lol ...

Get the Nvidia settings back to default with use of the DEFAULT button in i guess you use the new NVIDIA Control Panel ---------> Reboot .

Go back into Nvid Ctrl Pnl and set vsync to Always Off , make sure your monitor is set to highest refresh rates possible within your monitor limits .

Reboot again to make sure its set , and try the game !

@ All FPS seekers , read up on this WoW forum's guide to get some more FPS .

Just an advice out of experience ....always try 1 tweak at a time because most tweaks are hardware / setup dependant and not always suitable for your machine or configuration ...
and you could end up with 1 tweak boosting performance and the next with slowing it down never knowing wich is wich .

If you can't wait just try every tweak you can find and be sure to face some strange artifacts , laggy gameplay and or screwed up textures in every application you run lol .

Good luck and choose wisely .



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