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#1 Sep 09 2010 at 6:01 PM Rating: Default
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I've tried playing and got to Gridania, but the game runs incredibly slow (Im pulling 24s 94r usually.) Before you ask yes, its Win7, and yes I'm running it in Admin mode.


Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 32bit (build 7600)
Processor Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
Number of Processors Logical Core Count 4 Physical Core Count 4
DirectX Version DirectX 11
Graphic Device(s) NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Yeah, sorry its messy looking, copy and pasted from the system specs on the FFXIV config system pref page.





#2 Sep 09 2010 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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8500GT makes FFXIV sad.
#3 Sep 09 2010 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
Yeah, I think recomended was 9800
#4 Sep 09 2010 at 6:42 PM Rating: Default
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Will I be able to run it (effectivly) at all?
#5 Sep 09 2010 at 6:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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Try turning every checkbox off and every quality setting to its lowest.
It'll look like crap but if all you care about is that it runs...

The good news is, if you can afford FFXIV you can afford a more recent videocard, don't have to go cutting edge. But then again the problem could be something else in your system (In my case it was dust caked into my heatsinks, and Spybot slowing down my system.)

Edited, Sep 9th 2010 8:46pm by RattyBatty
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#6 Sep 09 2010 at 6:46 PM Rating: Decent
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low resolution and everything turned down, if you can bear average graphics yeah, also ingame config turn off some of the effects. play around until you have something thats a bit more to your liking, think i spent about 2 hours when i first got into ffxiv logging in and out messing with the config until i had something i was happy with, its not the best but its not bad either

Think for me it was the buffer size that was giving me the most problem, try flicking it to three quarters screen size and see if that helps

Edited, Sep 9th 2010 8:47pm by RyderDecree
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#7 Sep 09 2010 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
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I have Texture Quality to Low, Texture Filtering to Lowest, Disable cutscene effects on. Any other tips?
#8 Sep 09 2010 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Turn off shadows in game. You will still probably experience slow gameplay with thar card though. It's time for an UPgrade.

Edited, Sep 9th 2010 8:55pm by jakarai
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#9 Sep 09 2010 at 6:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Done that too, sounds like its just time to update.
#10 Sep 09 2010 at 6:56 PM Rating: Default
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I have the same settings and XIV is VERY slow and choppy for me. I did buy a new 9800 GT card on ebay (New for less than $100, no one else bid on it).. hopefully this will help, I will update when I get it
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#11 Sep 09 2010 at 6:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Well the only option left is to overclock the 8500 but at most you will pick up a incrementally small boost in performance (5% perhaps) but at the same time you void the warranty on the 8500 and risk it in the process.

Basically

You need a new video card. The 8500 GT isn't listed anywhere on the recommended or minimum specs. In my study of the game it's apparent that it is GPU hungry. SE has stated they intend the game to last 5 to 10 years ... meaning which they are building the game around what *they think* will be normal day specifications of the year 2015. Kind of like looking into a crystal ball and trying to determine what the future will look like.

I hate to say it but the processor is barely making the minimum spec as well. I play on a Q6600 with G0 stepping overclocked to 2.8 Ghz and it does ok at 1280x1024 ... with everything turned off. That's a nice way of saying we are both barely in the race, as in we are taking a bus on the drag race track.

Naturally we have many options such as a new whole new rig or just upgrading the video card. If your mobo can handle it... and by which i mean your case has the room and your PSU can deal with it there are deals on the 460 fermi video card out there that are smoking. Galaxy has good offerings for $200 ... Evga and others are offering 460s for 170-180 if you look online.

Best of luck Cobra, hopefully i won't see you in line at the newegg.
#12 Sep 09 2010 at 7:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Alright, thanks for all the help guys. I need a new computer anyway (my laptop [this is my roommate's desktop] needs to be replaced) so I guess I'll look into a new one.
#13 Sep 09 2010 at 7:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Additionally, run in full screen mode and change the sampling to 3/4. You will take a serious hit on the graphics, but you should be able to get 15-20 fps.
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#14 Sep 11 2010 at 9:13 AM Rating: Default
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Well
I got my XFX 9800 GT

My benchmark went from 600 to 1000 , but game is still horribly slow and choppy, time to start looking for a new computer or upgrading other parts (RAM, processor)

Windows 7
1.6 GHz Intenl Celeron
2GB Ram

While I did see a massive improvement from the 8500GT the game is still unplayable compared to other games that play fine on my computer (City of Heroes, FF11, Dragon Age, etc...)
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#15 Sep 11 2010 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
Thought I should mention this:

http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/14676-ffxiv-priority-booster-official-topic/

It's an FFXIV Priority Booster someone over at FFXIVCore wrote. I've noticed some improvement with it in the way of framerates but it almost seemed to bog down my connection. I can't be certain about that as the server as more populated during the hours I was testing this as well. But it's worth a shot if the game runs poorly. Personally I was seeing on average maybe a 4-5 FPS improvement in some areas, as far as 6FPS when in close proximity to the camps. The "mouse smoothing" feature didn't really seem to do anything for me however so just don't expect a dramatic improvement. In short all it does it sets the game priority to something better than low. FFXIV's problem for the most part is it sets itself to the lowest priority causing the game to run poorly.

Edited, Sep 11th 2010 8:31am by SamusKnight
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#16 Sep 11 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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gennji wrote:
Well
I got my XFX 9800 GT

My benchmark went from 600 to 1000 , but game is still horribly slow and choppy, time to start looking for a new computer or upgrading other parts (RAM, processor)

Windows 7
1.6 GHz Intel Celeron
2GB Ram

While I did see a massive improvement from the 8500GT the game is still unplayable compared to other games that play fine on my computer (City of Heroes, FF11, Dragon Age, etc...)

Bolded items could use upgrading as well. Recommended specs are 2.66 GHz processor, and I always advocate more RAM.
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#17 Sep 11 2010 at 10:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah. I'm getting similar results as OP with an overclocked nvidia quadro nvs 140m, which is roughly the same as the 8600. I only score about 270 on the benchmark. But the game is actually playable on low settings if you have a bit of patience. I'm using 2/3 buffer and standard texture quality and the game lags a bit but i can at least play it.
#18 Sep 11 2010 at 10:39 AM Rating: Default
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I noticed a slight difference with the Priority Booster, really just in the loading time, which is still VERY cool.

Many thanks for this, I like that it does not require making a copy of ffgame.exe or any extra setup.

I still have a long way to go, I think that RAM will be the next upgrade I make.
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#19 Sep 11 2010 at 12:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Turn your buffer down to the minimum - it can be found in general settings outside the game...it'll make your game look like absolute crap but it'll run better.
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#20 Sep 11 2010 at 11:47 PM Rating: Default
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I did this and it helped a little..

go to program files\sqaure enix

find the ffxivgame.exe, right-click, Properties, Compataiblity, then click the 640x480
Then in the config, set it to full screen and the low settings.

Hope this helps..
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#21 Sep 11 2010 at 11:48 PM Rating: Decent
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SolidMack wrote:
Turn your buffer down to the minimum - it can be found in general settings outside the game...it'll make your game look like absolute crap but it'll run better.
The performance gain is relatively low, but the quality hit is tremendous.
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#22 Sep 11 2010 at 11:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Ralrra wrote:
gennji wrote:
Well
I got my XFX 9800 GT

My benchmark went from 600 to 1000 , but game is still horribly slow and choppy, time to start looking for a new computer or upgrading other parts (RAM, processor)

Windows 7
1.6 GHz Intel Celeron
2GB Ram

While I did see a massive improvement from the 8500GT the game is still unplayable compared to other games that play fine on my computer (City of Heroes, FF11, Dragon Age, etc...)

Bolded items could use upgrading as well. Recommended specs are 2.66 GHz processor, and I always advocate more RAM.
/cough

Recommended i7 2.66 ghz+, that's quad core with hyperthreading. Celeron is a single core processor.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 12:52am by bsphil
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#23 Sep 12 2010 at 1:07 AM Rating: Good
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bsphil wrote:
Ralrra wrote:
gennji wrote:
Well
I got my XFX 9800 GT

My benchmark went from 600 to 1000 , but game is still horribly slow and choppy, time to start looking for a new computer or upgrading other parts (RAM, processor)

Windows 7
1.6 GHz Intel Celeron
2GB Ram

While I did see a massive improvement from the 8500GT the game is still unplayable compared to other games that play fine on my computer (City of Heroes, FF11, Dragon Age, etc...)

Bolded items could use upgrading as well. Recommended specs are 2.66 GHz processor, and I always advocate more RAM.
/cough

Recommended i7 2.66 ghz+, that's quad core with hyperthreading. Celeron is a single core processor.

I didn't want to overwhelm the poor guy. :P
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#24 Sep 18 2010 at 6:19 PM Rating: Decent
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One thing I found that helped.

Put the game in Full screen mode in the config. Go the ffXIVgame.exe in the c:Program Files\Square Enix folder
Right-click and pick Properties - > Compatibility -> check RUN in 640x480
Runs a bit smoother and doesnt look that bad.
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