If you are getting 30 FPS or higher average, then stop reading right HERE.
The information stated here, is from my general knowledge, and from other posters on the zam forums.
After seeing a lot of posts, I thought that this information would be helpful, and I haven't found it all in one neat list. Some have less than optimal hardware, so before you go out and buy some new silicon toy, try some options first. If you reply to this post, don't ask why your are running slow until you have tried to use some of the solutions and investigated other posts. If you have something to add, keep it positive, and if something I posted is incorrect, let me know and I will change/add.
If you are not comfortable with any part of this guide, then do not attempt it, or it may damage your computer. Always read several sources before determining the best way to configure your PC. Locating a local geek friend will always be the best route for the feint of heart. Geeks love getting rewarded with food and other general favors.
To check your FPS download Fraps or another software to report the FPS in game. Start it up and click on the FPS tab and configure if needed. http://www.fraps.com/download.php
Windows related advice
1. Update your video card driver.
2. Update your motherboard driver.
Find out your make and model and go to the appropriate website. You will be looking for your chipset driver for the motherboard if it has an updated one. Do NOT flash your bios, unless you are very knowledgeable and know exactly what you are doing.
3. Make sure that you are not overheating.
Download Speedfan or some other application to find out.
CPU temperature at max load normally should not go beyond 50 - 60c.
GPU at full load MIGHT get as high as 85c and if it starts to go higher, start worrying.
4. Turn off all unnecessary programs in your system tray.
5. Set your antivirus to silent gaming mode (if you have that option).
I prefer to run my windows operating system on one hard drive and all of my video games and applications are installed onto a different hard drive. I am not talking about partitions. Partitions have to do with dividing up one hard drive.
Hard Drive 1: C:/windows installation folder
Hard Drive 2: D:/Final Fantasy XIV
Having this setup optimizes your system for read/write/access etc. Your windows installation will now have full hard drive access and your games will likewise have full resources available to them.
If you overclocked your hardware, your settings can actually bring your FPS down in some cases. Try running it at stock. Disclaimer: I do not promote this, but if you are bent on overclocking your PC. Try the following site.
When you are inside the game (playing the game), go into configuration.
1. Turn off extended drawing
I gain about 5 FPS by turning this option off alone.
2. Turn off physics if it helps.
If you have an older machine, there is little reason to have this turned on.
In the FFXIV Configuration.exe
1. Change shadows to low.
2. Change texture filtering to low.
3. Turn off ambient occlusion.
4. Turn off depth of field.
5. Try different resolutions.
6. Turn other settings off or to the lowest, or try turning on options and see if it helps.
7. Run the game fullscreen, some have reported that this helps.
New MMO's can start out choppy for some hardware. If you think your hardware is up to snuff, but has low FPS, wait a while for the game to be further developed and for new drivers to be released before you spend your hard earned cash.
Stop running fraps or other FPS reporters and I bet you notice it less!
Information for the ADVANCED users.
Nvidia users: Before changing any settings, read online what each setting does, and discover if changing a setting will have any benefit or detriment. Right Click on your desktop and then left click on Nvidia Control Panel. Click on Manage 3D settings. Click on the Program Settings tab. Then use the drop down menu to select the application or add the .exe manually. Now that you have the game that you are editing the profile of you can start turning on or off features. Click apply once you are finished. Back at the main menu you can see Set Physx Configuration. Leave this on auto unless you are trying to do the following: You have two Nvidia class video card or two ATI class video cards, both support physics, and one is a fairly high end card. Again, only advanced users should be doing this. Place both cards into your motherboard and do not enable SLI or have any hardware setup for SLI. The high performance card should be in the top spot and the lower one in the second slot. Once you are in windows go back into Nvidia Control Panel and configure the PC as a multi-display. Select the high end card as the primary video device "1". Select the low end card as the secondary device "2". Now within the Nvidia Control Panel, you can go back to the Set Physx Configuration menu and select the secondary (low end card) as the physx device.
Ati catalyst users: Someone help me with this
If you find that you need to upgrade, view the sticky post on the zam forums for the computer building guide.
Use this as a reference when you upgrade, so that you will know what to expect.
High End CPU Benchmarks: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
High End GPU Benchmarks: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
Top 20 PC Systems: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/top.html
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