Hey fellas, I just wanted to let you know that the stuttering in towns probably isn't ATI cards/drivers. I'm having the same exact problem with the gtx 470 with all 2010 drivers.
Ya, now that I've read about players from both camps experiencing stuttering (previously thought it was just an Nvidia issue, until I read "thegodhand"s post), I'm starting to agree that the blame lies on SE and the way they've set up their client-server negotiations. Especially since most of the players seem to share similar symptoms in that they're experiencing heavy stuttering only when near and/or inside aetheryte hubs and cities.
Could be an issue with loading the npcs themselves? Have either of you two looked at the mini-map while the stuttering occurs? Do they occur exactly when the npc dots appear? And have either of you experienced the stuttering while inside market wards (Wondering if retainers cause the problem as well~)?
Names are hard to read at a distance, but more crisp now.
Just how far away are you talking about here? Perhaps suggest in the feedback forums that they add different font settings to aid in lower resolution clarity? It honestly seems fine to me, but I always welcome more options in my games.
This one is the biggie for me! Foliage shimmers.
Hmm, thought this was fixed last weekend (Tree flickering posts)? Unsure if you meant flickering or shimmering as some people get the two confused. If it is
shimmering though (as it does sound like from your description of "snow"), try lowering the fps threshold or completely disabling Temporal AA (if you're forcing it through registry/driver hacks or 3rd party tools), or changing Adaptive AA to either Multi-sample or Super-sample. Then check if it still shimmers. Also may want to experiment with disabling CAT AI, since you're not utilizing CF anyways, and see if that improves your visuals without affecting stability. Good luck to ya!
There's a lot of helpful comments going around trying to help people be ready for release next week. Keep the information flowing!
Ya, these drivers are great for me so far. Didn't expect better drivers so soon after the 10.8s. Glad we have posters keeping such a close eye on things and, more importantly, sharing the good info!
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