OK so after reading many different players' configurations I've tried them all out and some of my own to see my systems results. It's all about the Buffer Size
that determines how often us players experience the in-game lag/stutter effect.
I have my game running at Full Screen
, 1920 x 1200
window size, 8xQ MSAA
multisampling, Two-Thirds Windows Size
buffer size, Highest
shadow detail, Ambient Occlusion ON
, Depth of Field ON
texture quality, Highest
texture filtering. Half buffer size
is very smooth but graphic quality diminishes greatly leaving you with blurry textures and character models even if you have every other graphic settings maxed. Resolution buffer size
looks the best but you will see frequent stuttering/lag effects. Double buffer size
is horrendous...let me illustrate how horrible Double Buffer Size
is: You will have more fun setting your face on fire and putting it out with an ice pick than trying to play FFXIV with Double Buffer Size
Now, two-thirds and three-quarter buffer sizes give you a balance of smoother(not completely smooth but not completely laggy) gameplay but will sacrifice some graphics quality with a lot of jaggy edges which is why I switched from 4xMSAA to 8xQ MSAA to help reduce them significantly. Half and Quarter buffer size looks like crap so I don't recommend those to anyone unless you're running a low-end pc.
For mid-range pc, you can set most, if not all, of your graphic settings to max with either 4x or 8x MSAA but keep two-thirds or three-quarter Buffer Size.
Try this recommendation out and see how you like it. If you prefer something different than my suggestion please post it and I'll definitely give it a whirl and see how it performs. Good luck guys with your tweaking and hope you enjoy FFXIV.
BTW, you can use a PS3 dual shock 3 controller to play this game on PC. http://www.ffxivorigin.com/content/using-ps3-gamepad-final-fantasy-xiv-141/
Definitely helps with the game experience, much more comfortable than full keyboard or mouse + keyboard.
My system spec:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 oc to 3.42ghz 1600 fsb
Asus P5QL Pro mobo
Kingston HyperX 4gb DDR2 1066
Sapphire HD 5850 1gb reference design (Sept 2009 model) Catalyst 10.6 Edited, Sep 24th 2010 1:59pm by Reaveralpha