i can change the res to 1080p (currently in 720p) and the only difference would be that I lose 15 fps from anyplace i would normally get 60fps. Other than that, same crap.
Changing settings in ffxiv doesn't do much (other than occlusion and depth of field). I've tried a ton of different settings, and this is what ive learned:
You can change your fps when in wide open areas, such as outdoors zones. You can get 60fps out here with a 250gts or 8800gtx.
You CANNOT change your fps when in crowds/cities. If you get 20-30fps, you cannot get much higher than that by tweaking settings. youre stuck with that.
When running around in slightly populated areas, like starting zones where people are fighting, or in gridania's forest, you can make the game smoother by removing "distant drawing" (long distance foliage rendering), but that's really it.
Texture quality makes no difference to my performance. Texture filtering makes no difference. Antialiasing doesn't even make much of a difference. You MIGHT lose 5fps by going max 16x, but I didn't notice.
I've changed the window and internal res to tiny resolutions, and I get the same 20-30 fps in crowds and cities.
This may be due to whatever my bottleneck is.
I've got a gts250, 4gb ram, and a q9550 quad.
What do you guys think my bottleneck is?
I'm thinking my cpu because it has trouble with crowds, where perhaps a lot is going on computing-wise. I doubt its my gpu, because changing resolutions and all sorts of stuff makes no difference where it matters - crowds.