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#1 Oct 18 2010 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Guys i have a AMD Phenom II X4 3.2Ghz 955 BE with GTX 460 and 1333 4Gb ram 9-9-9-24 and im experiencing some kind of lag in the world not in cities.The lag is like every 5 or 8 minutes.My friend had the AMD X6 3.2Ghz with 1600 4Gb ram and same Video card and is not having this little problem.I dont wanna waste the money for a X6 so if i get 4Gb 1333 of ram more for a total of 8Gb 1333 Dual Channel will this problem go away or i need to get a X6 for it to dissapear?
#2 Oct 18 2010 at 9:59 PM Rating: Decent
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An x6 is probably not necessary. I'm running the same 955 BE processor with a gtx 295 (gtx 460 should be more than enough) and I don't get this problem.

I would try:

A) Complete windows reinstall (if you can). I always like doing this from time to time just b/c windows tends to get clunky over time.
B) Reinstall FFXIV as well as the latest graphics drivers from (graphics drivers are always messy to reinstall. Make sure you completely uninstall all nvidia components, restart, then install new drivers again).
#3 Oct 18 2010 at 10:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Realy need more information to say what to do, but if it's realy every 5min or so i would search a software issue more then a hardware issue. Malware, Antivirus scan ect...
#4 Oct 18 2010 at 10:03 PM Rating: Decent
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#5 Oct 18 2010 at 10:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Well i have just installed windows 7 64bits like 2 days ago with the lates 260 beta nvidia drivers that they make FFXIV run better and now i installed the new drivers 260 released and is the same thing.I dont think is Malware because for the past 4 days i have only turned on my pc to play the game nothing else.
So if a X6 is not nessesary do i get the Ram???

And Nutchoss Scholar can you post your full hardware and FFXIV config settings so that i can try them on because you have the same CPU and almost the same Video Card.
#6 Oct 18 2010 at 10:50 PM Rating: Good
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If you are getting lag when your system is decent scenarios:

1. Your broadband is having issues.
2. You are overheating and your fan kicks it up a notch every so often, causing the game to lag until the temp. comes down.
3. You have video settings enabled that your buddy does not. Check the FFXIVconfig.exe and your in game settings.
4. There is a background program running that is killing your performance.
5. Square's servers aren't serving.
#7 Oct 18 2010 at 11:20 PM Rating: Decent
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i agree it might be your temps, do you have a monitoring program for temps? download Real temp if you dont have it already and see whats happening to rule this out. also 8gb of ram wont do much for you, ddr3 1600mhz ram will run faster than your 1333mhz and would help, but make sure there are no underlying factors like temps or other system problems before buying new hardware.
#8 Oct 18 2010 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
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whoops, just reread and saw you have an AMD socket.. this one is for your chipset :D
#9 Oct 18 2010 at 11:41 PM Rating: Decent
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Running this game for Hours the CPu temp in 49C and GPu is 63C.
#10 Oct 19 2010 at 12:16 AM Rating: Decent
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This game won't make use of an x6 properly. ****, it doesn't make use of 4 cores properly as it is. I'm willing to bet that CPU and RAM are not your issues. That RAM speed is exactly what the AMD CPUs like and your timings are fine. Go back to WHQL drivers if FFXIV is all you play. There are no improvements for XIV in the beta drivers and I've read about many issues coming from these drivers. Make sure you completely remove the beta drivers before you re-install the other ones.

If you really think it's your CPU you might try viewing your processes to see exactly what is being used on your processor.

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#11 Oct 19 2010 at 10:10 AM Rating: Decent
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#12 Oct 19 2010 at 2:37 PM Rating: Decent
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Best bet is to run the official FFXIV benchmark. I have the same GFX card in my desktop and the AMD X6 2.8Ghz. Slight lag in town at UXGA resolution and a 4000 score on the benchmark. If you benchmark is WAY off then you have a hardware / driver issue. if the benchmark is around 4000 then you simply need to lower settings.
#13 Oct 19 2010 at 9:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Im not using beta drivers i tried them but i remove them .
FFXIV benchmark on low is 4300 so i dunno why is happening.
#14 Oct 19 2010 at 9:23 PM Rating: Decent
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that processor is fine and the graphics card is fine, so is the ram, although I'd try tighter timings like 8-8-8-24 or so instead. its probably a software issue or something running in the background thats causing it.

I have had that same processor for a while now and it performs pretty **** well for the price of it, and you can get it up to 3.5/3.6 without having to up the voltage, I say give it a try but I doubt thats the problem if it happens only every few minutes.

like a poster above said, keep an eye on processes while you play to see if anything is acting up every few minutes.

#15 Oct 20 2010 at 4:30 AM Rating: Decent
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My machine:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ processor (dualcore, clocks at 2,8 GHz),
3 gigs Ram (4, but OS can use only 3 of it, will work that out when i rebuild my machine next month),
Ati Radeon HD 5750 1 Gig GDDR5 IceQ graphics card
and Windows 7 32bit OS.
Well above minimum specs, but nowhere near recommended (benchmark used to give 1880 until i updated my graphics drivers after wich i keep getting 1900+), so it's understandable that game would be less than smooth running most of the time.

I run windowed at 1400/900, with 2x MSAAm resolution buffer, lowest shadow details (and shadows turned of ingame), textures on standard quality and high filtering, and hardware mouse and depth of field enabled (what does depth of field do anyway?).
And apart from few graphical hiccups (wich are understandable), the game runs fine, slow npc and played loading ofcourse, and ui and inventory lag is horrible (takes almost as long to sell my loot as it takes to gather it) and there's some server lag in casting spells (playing as thaumaturge), and occasionally it skips combat animations (fairly certain this is not about my machine), but other than that, it works actually better than i thought it would when i bought it (from hardware standpoint in my end, plenty of issues with game itself).

But there's one odd thing i've noticed, while no matter what's going on ingame (fighting, insid staring at a wall, running outside, crafting, gathering, etc...), my cpu usage is 98% to 100%, ram usage is stady 50% to 60%, but for some reason, gpu is only used for around 25% most of the time (sometimes goes up to 50%, and noticed one spike of 75%).
Also, both cores keep a steady temperature no matter how many hours i play , Core1 at 57 degrees celsius with occasional jump to 60, never above as long as i have been monitoring), and Core2 at 53 to 54 degrees celsius (i think the problem temp for my cpu is 70 and up, not sure though).

And another odd thing i've noticed is, that no matter how i change the graphical settings, max them, minimize them, whatever, the resources used remain pretty much the same, at most if i max it i get lesser fps, but that´s it (and frankly, i barely notice the difference in graphics, altough that might be because i never keep it up much due to the low fps making game even less playable than it is).

Just giving this in order to add some baseline for others to compare their machines to, if anyone else has similar setups but different experiences they could post them in here so we can compare and figure out why.
#16 Oct 20 2010 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
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try to turn off all the background apps and run in full screen, i have similar set up (965 BE and gtx 460) and i never experienced any lags in the world, sometimes in cities the characters don't refresh fast enough but in the world i get around 45 fps consistently...
#17 Oct 20 2010 at 1:38 PM Rating: Good
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my cpu usage is 98% to 100%, ram usage is stady 50% to 60%, but for some reason, gpu is only used for around 25% most of the time (sometimes goes up to 50%, and noticed one spike of 75%).

Your CPU is bottlenecking your GPU.
Faster CPU would help to get better load on your GPU.
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#18 Oct 21 2010 at 1:51 PM Rating: Good
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I am in a similar position. My CPU is bottleneckinig my GPU. But if you play with the settings, you'll find that some of them push the GPU much harder than the CPU. Enabling 2xAA took my HD 5570 from 40-60% utilized to 80-90% utilized while only bumping my CPU utilization about 5-8%. Play around with the settings and you may find you can create a combination that better balances your resources. Turn everything off/down and then enable one at a time and look what it does. Some one recommended starting with bumping Textures (not Texture Filtering) a notch first and this was a good start, then I ended up enabling the 2xAA and that pretty much balances both my CPU and GPU at around 90%.

I'm on a HD 5570 and Intel E8500 (Core 2 Duo @ 3.16Ghz) - this game chews up the dual cores, very tempted to improve my cooling and OC a little for a performance bump.

Edited, Oct 21st 2010 3:54pm by NayliaMR
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