CPU: Intel i7 930 2.8GHz @ 2.65ghz (dunno why, Intel cpu scaled down by default??)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 470 1280mb
I'm using Fraps to monitor and I'm only getting around 25FPS in game... also I still drop to around 15 FPS when I enter camp or towns and then it normalizes.
I'm not too impressed with how it's handling this game called FFXIV...
Are you getting 25 fps even out on the fields where it isn't crowded? What's your game settings? Maybe tone it down a bit.
Try setting it to:
"window size"--> (whatever the max native resolution of your monitor is, unless it's 2560x1600 which is too much for a single gtx 470 to handle in this game)
"depth of field"-->off (I personally think this setting makes it look worse anyway)
leave "enable hardware mouse cursor" on, as with all games
If you get maxed out framerate like this, try upping to 2x multisampling and checking again. I play at the settings I just listed at 1920x1200 with 2x 9800GTX+ in SLI and get 20 fps in ultra busy areas of town, about 30-40 in fields with 4-5 people in them, and 45-60 when nobody but me is around. Your gtx 470 should be more powerful than both my cards combined, so you should get better than this.
My i7 does run at 3.06 GHz while playing FFXIV though, so that could be upping my framerate a bit over yours. One of these days I'll buy a better cooler and try to overclock to at least 3.5GHz, but I'm fairly broke at the moment.
Also, if your i7 is running at anything less than 2.933 GHz while in FFXIV, something is not right with your setup. A stock i7-930 should run all 8 threads at 2.8GHz under 100% load. As FFXIV only runs about 2-4 threads on average, your cpu should be running at a 1x multiplier (133MHz) higher clock speed while in the game, meaning at 2.933GHz. My stock 2.93 GHz runs the game at 3.06GHz with turboboost.
On a side note, unless you have forcibly turned off the setting, i7 900 series cpus will fluctuate their actual clock speed while they are in use. They may drop to as low as 1600 MHz when they don't need the extra speed and as high as 133MHz or 266MHz higher than their supposed max speed when turboboosted (2.93 and 3.06 GHz in your case). If your cpu is waiting on your graphics card for instructions, it will downclock itself to 2.66GHz for instance, as you said you saw occur. This means that your graphics card(most likely) or ram are likely bottlenecking your game when the cpu drops below 2.93GHz for you while in play.
If your cpu NEVER reaches 2.93GHz or even 2.8 GHz, make sure your motherboard bios is the newest up to date version. Also, in your bios settings make sure you have "turboboost" enabled. You can use this gadget http://blog.orbmu2k.de/sidebar-gadgets/intel-core-series-sidebar-gadget#more-95
to determine the speed your processor is actually running at any given time in Windows. Edited, Oct 28th 2010 9:36am by haydyn323