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#1 Sep 16 2010 at 11:43 AM Rating: Decent
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When i first downloaded the benchmark program the best numbers my system could pull was 1500 on low res. My video card however was an old geforce 8800 but other than that, every other spec on my PC surpases the minimum requirements posted on the official site. I am running windows 7 64 bit, i have 8bg ram, and an AMD Phenom 64 quad core proccessor @ 2.3ghz (dont know how to overclock >< ). I figured upgrading my video card would be the big solution to get a decent benchmark score. I bought a geforce gts250 with 1gb GDDR3 ram in it, had the shop install it to insure no ***** ups and went home licking my chops to see the new score! ...... 1600 :( and keep in my this is on LOW res i dont understand what more i need to do to make the game run better... any ideas or do i need to post more info?? pleeeease help ive already preordered CE ages ago and cant waittt to play!

**just reran the benchmark a few times, tried hi res for the first time, didnt bother inittially cause my low res score was soo low, my high res just gave me a 1541 score with a 19800 load time, and reran the low res and got a 1588 with a 18800ms load up... how is my high res scoring nearly the same as low res?? any suggetions...**
#2 Sep 16 2010 at 11:47 AM Rating: Good
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do you have a lot of junk running in the background?
#3 Sep 16 2010 at 11:51 AM Rating: Good
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I can't help you with your scores but have you tried running the open beta to see how it plays?
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#4 Sep 16 2010 at 11:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Try to get a GTX460 or HD5770.

You can get a HD5770 from newegg for about $130 (after rebate), it should be able to get your score up to 3k+.
#5 Sep 16 2010 at 11:57 AM Rating: Decent
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make sure you have the latest (and correct) video card drivers. higher end video cards use gddr5, so i wouldn't expect super stunning performance. also, what resolution is your monitor set to?
#6 Sep 16 2010 at 12:08 PM Rating: Decent
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I really think people are reading into the benchmark numbers just a little too much.

If the benchmark runs smooth for you I think you're going to be OK in the game. If it's stuttering,pausing, or just seems to be in slow motion thats a differnt story. I'm mostly basing this off SE previous benchmark program for FFXI it gave me really low scores at the time of FFXI release but my PC handled it just fine.

However when you install the game on the 22nd before you launch the game go to your start menu go to FFXIV folder and run the FFXIV CONFIG.exe and under graphic settings
    TURN OFF AMBIENT OCCLUSION
It's a resource hog and when on doesn't really make much of a difference in overall graphical yumminess.

From that menu you can also turn off/on distance blur effect. (I like to have it on it's seems to be light on the resources and gives a nice effect) I think also from that menu you can mess around with other settings like shadows.

But honestly If you can run the benchmark w/o problems I think you'll be happy with the way the game performs. Just turn the AMB OCC off.
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#7 Sep 16 2010 at 12:12 PM Rating: Good
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The benchmark was for the alpha client. between the alpha and the beta they drastically increased the system requirements. the Benchmark no longer gives an accurate indication of whether you can run the game or not.

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Some other things you can do to help the game run;

use it in windowed mode at a smaller resolution

Turn all AA filters off (the game looks noticable worse but, eh.)

turn depth of field on (it makes things in the background blurry, it looks neat and actually helps the game run faster)

in the game config menu, turn off physics and shadows (the game looks flat and horrible if you do this, but these two things are some of the biggest things that can slow down performance)

Edited, Sep 16th 2010 2:16pm by F3rth
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#8 Sep 16 2010 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Hmmm, I'm finding that score for the 250 gts seems a bit off. Heres my specs and this is giving me a score of a high 2.9k-3k+ benchmark test on low res

Geforce GTS 250 - 1024 mb GDDR3
Processor - AMD Athlon (tm) II x4 (2.8 Ghz)
Windows 7 (64 bit)
Black Widow (450w) ps
6 gigs DDR3 ram

Nothing is OC'd... not all that familiar with it

When it shows your final score and list your equip, is it using the full potental of your CPU.. 2.3 ghz or is it lower?
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#9 Sep 16 2010 at 1:19 PM Rating: Good
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SillyHawk wrote:
Hmmm, I'm finding that score for the 250 gts seems a bit off. Heres my specs and this is giving me a score of a high 2.9k-3k+ benchmark test on low res

Geforce GTS 250 - 1024 mb GDDR3
Processor - AMD Athlon (tm) II x4 (2.8 Ghz)
Windows 7 (64 bit)
Black Widow (450w) ps
6 gigs DDR3 ram

Nothing is OC'd... not all that familiar with it

When it shows your final score and list your equip, is it using the full potental of your CPU.. 2.3 ghz or is it lower?


^^ This. Its near my current set up and about the scores i recieve.
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#10 Sep 16 2010 at 2:21 PM Rating: Default
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i have an HP w2408h Widescreen monitor, set to 1920 x 1200 resolution, i am almost using an HDMI cable to connect it to my PC, all drivers for the monitor and video card are the latest too :/
#11 Sep 16 2010 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
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i am almost using an HDMI cable to connect it to my PC


If your monitor has the hdmi input on there, i would strongly suggest using it. Back before i got this computer with the current specs you saw i was running a AMD quad core (forget what series it was) 1.8 ghz with 4 ggdr2 ram with a 9800 seriers 1024 mb graphic card. That i was able to get a score of 1390. The monitor i use is a 32 lcd hd 720p tv (Olevia). It has a vga connection, conponenet vga connection and a hi-def connection. This score was in the vga connection.

I went out and got a HDMI cable and started using that port on the tv and maxed out my cpu speed to 100% and got a score up to around 2.2k on low res. It might be the way the monitor is getting the info that is slowing it down... just a thought or something to look into
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#12 Sep 16 2010 at 2:41 PM Rating: Good
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My opinion is that you upgraded from an 8800 series video card, to a 250 gts, and there is little difference in speed between those cards. Like someone else posted, I'd be looking higher up in the food chain, if you want the game to run "excellent". If you are ok with how the game looks, then do nothing.

Check this chart out or go look at other performance tests online.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
#13 Sep 16 2010 at 3:19 PM Rating: Decent
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wish i woulda known that before i went and got the 250, i figured the requirements page said 9800 or newer and i figured hey, a 250 is newer ill get that guess i was wrong :(
#14 Sep 16 2010 at 3:27 PM Rating: Good
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Fact of the matter is that the GTS 250 isn't much better than the 8800.

I score 2400 on low with my 8800 GTS 320MB and a C2D E6600 OCd to 3.0GHz. If anything, your super slow CPU is also holding you back.

A decent upgrade option for you could be the new GTS 450. It performs a bit below the 5770, but only requires 1 power connector so your old PSU should have no problems powering it. To be fair, a card like the GTS 450 will proabaly bottleneck your slow CPU, so getting an even better card like a GTX 460 may be a waste.
#15 Sep 16 2010 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
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OP: Update your drivers.
Uninstall 3D drivers.

Edited, Sep 16th 2010 5:43pm by lambon
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#16 Sep 16 2010 at 4:19 PM Rating: Good
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lambon wrote:
OP: Update your drivers.
Uninstall 3D drivers.

Edited, Sep 16th 2010 5:43pm by lambon

Yept^^

Download updated motherboard driver
Download updated nvidia driver

See if it has any effect. Also, wait till the retail release of the game, and your performance may be just fine. I have a 260gtx which is pretty far up on the list, but I am apprehensive as to how it will run on release. I plan on waiting and seeing how it performs. The one thing that most do not realize is that nvidia and other companies release updates somewhat frequently as they work with gaming companies. Two months from now there could be an update that makes everyone coast right along, if you have the minimum requirements. You may not have every extra graphics option turned on, but the game is playable etc.
#17 Sep 16 2010 at 4:59 PM Rating: Good
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you could always just buy another one. I am running the game with 2 9800GT and it runs fine. i cant have depth of field and cant run at max resolution. but the game looks wonderful

i HIGHLY recommend testing it with the beta client though. it runs VERY different then the benchmark.

also, it is true right now the game has some poor programming (or whatever the **** is going on) to make it not run as smooth as it really should. so before you start tossing money to the wind. maybe wait till release and see how it goes. If you can live with it, i recommend you do. In a few months you can probably get something much better for the same price haha. Such is the life of technology. My boat is since I am running SLI to really see a great performance I have to really shell out some cash and get the super nice cards, hopefully I will be able to get 2 GTX 480 and then cry about the CPU bottle neck haha. (my CPU is a quad core 2.6ghz or something)
#18 Sep 16 2010 at 5:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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i HIGHLY recommend testing it with the beta client though. it runs VERY different then the benchmark.


Indeed. After a clean reinstall, I upgraded my GT9600 with a GTX460 and I got 100 less on the benchmark... 1600 down to 1500. However, the gameplay in the beta was better. Not a better framerate but it stutters less. Not worth the money though so I returned it.
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#19 Sep 16 2010 at 7:05 PM Rating: Good
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lambon wrote:
OP: Update your drivers.
Uninstall 3D drivers.

Edited, Sep 16th 2010 5:43pm by lambon


im gonna go update my motherboard drivers right now, did the nvidia ones already.. but i dont understand about uninstalling 3d drivers. do you mean uninstall the 3D drivers then reinstall new ones or just take them out alltogether?

one other thing, i just downloaded and isntalled the beta client, but it said server is down for maintenance, is the beta testing done now or is this just a temp downtime? anyone know
#20 Sep 16 2010 at 7:45 PM Rating: Good
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finally got to log onto the beta, and i am amazed to say that the game is actually not running to bad :D

dunno how to check my FPS but its deffinately playable and hella fun too! soo for all you 1500ish benchmark score people reading this, dont worry the game is running fine on my pc and i scored 1588 on LOW on my best test!
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