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#1 Sep 29 2010 at 12:05 PM Rating: Decent
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i7 930 OC @ 3.5ghz, 6gb OCZ gold 1600mhz, HD 5870 1gb, WD CB 1tb 32 mb cache, Gigabyte x58a-ud3r, CM 850w PSU. Not entirely mind blowing, but well above recommended specs at any rate. All my drivers are up to date as well.

I don't even run full settings, 1600x900 windowed (seeeeerious screen tearing in full screen mode even with vsynch), occlusion & DoF OFF. but for some reason I get mad stuttery in cities and what's more it's always in very particular spots (on the path going past the chocobo trainer in grid, between him and the little river there, for instance, every time I run through there I drop down to like >10 fps and then jump right back up to 50+, every. single. time.) I never run less than 50 fps anywhere else including a bustling aetheryte, multiple PCs on screen doesn't seem to dent it but something to do with being in a city just owns my computer... I'm sure there are tons of threads like this, point me to one if you know it off hand, I'm riding alt+tab like a madman in a busy office so I'm limited in my searching capabilities, sry :x.

elsewise anyone got any ideas?
#2 Sep 29 2010 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
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It's probably a server issue.
#3 Sep 29 2010 at 12:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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A lot of this is server side and will improve eventually, however right now a lot of people are bottle-necking. Try turning off Physics, that helped me a lot. Also in town if you are at a counter for example or trying to filter through your retainer, try going up to a wall and going into first person. That way its not loading all of the stuff behind you, speeds the process WAY up.
#4 Sep 29 2010 at 12:09 PM Rating: Good
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ExSwag wrote:
i7 930 OC @ 3.5ghz, 6gb OCZ gold 1600mhz, HD 5870 1gb, WD CB 1tb 32 mb cache, Gigabyte x58a-ud3r, CM 850w PSU. Not entirely mind blowing, but well above recommended specs at any rate. All my drivers are up to date as well.

I don't even run full settings, 1600x900 windowed (seeeeerious screen tearing in full screen mode even with vsynch), occlusion & DoF OFF. but for some reason I get mad stuttery in cities and what's more it's always in very particular spots (on the path going past the chocobo trainer in grid, between him and the little river there, for instance, every time I run through there I drop down to like >10 fps and then jump right back up to 50+, every. single. time.) I never run less than 50 fps anywhere else including a bustling aetheryte, multiple PCs on screen doesn't seem to dent it but something to do with being in a city just owns my computer... I'm sure there are tons of threads like this, point me to one if you know it off hand, I'm riding alt+tab like a madman in a busy office so I'm limited in my searching capabilities, sry :x.

elsewise anyone got any ideas?


The first step I would try is turning off draw distance or refer to this guide if you want to attempt to tweak your system. Also, look at your send and receive on the game, and determine if the stuttering and low framerate is ISP related.

This link is a tweaking guide.
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268;mid=128536051236599131;page=1#m128536051236599131

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 2:10pm by Parsalyn
#5 Sep 29 2010 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Don't worry, it's not your comp or anything on your end. It's the mess that SE released before it was ready. With your system, changing video settings isn't going to make any difference. I tried a variety of settings on my GTX 460 and performance in cities was not improved. Like you, I linger at 50-60 FPS anywhere outside the cities, but once I hit the camps or Gridania, it starts slumping down to 20ish FPS. Who knows when SE will have this game fully optimized and out of it's beta stage.

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 3:47pm by Paladinhammer78
#6 Sep 29 2010 at 1:50 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't want to hijack your thread but it seems your question has already been answered so I'd like to add one. You, and many others, have mentioned your frame rates dropping to a certain number. May I ask with what tool you measure the fps with?

Thank you
#7 Sep 29 2010 at 1:50 PM Rating: Good
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Setting aside the possibility of server issues:

- Are you running anything in the background?
- Is your system running hot?
- Are your drivers up to date?
- Is DX9 up to date?
- Do you have a good ISP?

Beyond that, could be server side.
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#8 Sep 29 2010 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
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drewrox wrote:
I don't want to hijack your thread but it seems your question has already been answered so I'd like to add one. You, and many others, have mentioned your frame rates dropping to a certain number. May I ask with what tool you measure the fps with?

Thank you


I use MSI Afterburner, FRAPS is good too but I prefer MSI Afterburner because it has many other monitoring options like GPU temp and usage.

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 3:51pm by BRizzl3
#9 Sep 29 2010 at 1:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Personally I use Fraps, but there are numorous tools out there you can use, and it's really whatever you like the look and function of the best.
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#10 Sep 30 2010 at 12:04 AM Rating: Default
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this is dumb, ppl buying crazy systems to try and compensate for SE server side undeveloped Lag. go back to FFXI come back in 6 months and see if SE got off their chairs
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