Solved Framerate confusion in World of Warcraft

August 26, 2020 at 02:07:42
Specs: Windows 10, 8GB
So I had this PC someone dumped on me
CPU: AMD Phenom ii x4 940
PSU: Corsair 650

I figured let me see what I can squeeze out of it with this AMD RX 480 I wasn't using. I figured it was a little much for the CPU but between the 2 I could achieve decent settings in games.

My first test was in World of Warcraft. On the very lowest settings the most it pushes is 65 FPS and on complete Ultra it musters 45 FPS. The first thing I am not understanding is, I figured I would see much higher on the lowest settings. Then I decided to flip back to complete Ultra and check my resources and this is where my second question comes up.

On complete Ultra settings the CPU is only being used 56%, the RAM is @ 67% and the GPU is at only 39%.... It almost seems to me like there is a limiter being applied some how.

VSYNC is Off
Both Framerate settings in the advanced tab are turned off... I don't know what is going on, any ideas?

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September 1, 2020 at 00:53:30
its the platform, cpu+ram thats the bottleneck.

im suprised it's even running with a 12 year old CPU.
Do you know if the CPU is running a virtual instruction set (software extension instead of hardware)

minimum specs for WoW:
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 or AMD FX-8100 or later.
RAM: 4 GB RAM (8GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics)

the CPU not hitting 100% could be caused by many things, game engine, CPU, RAM, platform (PCIE link speed), etc.

i would blame it on the platform, as 12 years is ancient in terms of PC hardware :)

my system specs:

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September 1, 2020 at 01:07:26
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here is a CPU multicore benchmark i did a while back, you can see the differece:

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Black Edition@3GHz (12 years old):

multicore performance:
Wprime - 32M 54,73 seconds

Intel Core i5 6600K (5 years old):

multicore performance@5.030GHz:
Wprime - 32M 5sec 327ms

& the newest Intel consumer chip from this year:

Philippines sweepersc`s wPrime - 32m score - Enthusiast league
1sec 954ms with Intel Core i9 10900K at 5100MHz

AMD equivalent:

Israel DANKADR`s WPRIME - 32M score - Apprentice League
1sec 791ms with AMD Ryzen 9 3900X at 4500MHz <-- 30x faster

my system specs:

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