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#1 Jan 30 2011 at 7:58 AM Rating: Decent
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hmm Since loots of changed, nvidia released theirs newest drivers first 260 with FFXIV improved performance, now 266 which (they didn't wrote about it but it's true) even more improved perfroamnce for FFXIV, what would be the lowest Settings that one should set on his computer to run the game quiet well with decent/good look ?

Please help me with that.

PS: I mean here you know on computer couple years old PC with dual core procesor.
#2 Jan 30 2011 at 8:27 AM Rating: Excellent
Every system is different, even two builds with identical parts may require different settings due to whatever other programs you have and your system settings. Honestly this is a case where you're best off setting everything to minimum and then raising 1 item at a time until the game isn't playable and then backing back down.
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#3EmiyaShirou, Posted: Jan 30 2011 at 11:06 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Edited, Jan 30th 2011 1:16pm by EmiyaShirou
#4 Jan 30 2011 at 12:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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The second thing I would suggest (the first being to upgrade if your system is that low) would be to set your resolution as low as you possibly can. Resolution has one of the bigger effects on performance.

EDIT: Also, playing in fullscreen (not windowed) mode will improve performance as well.

Edited, Jan 30th 2011 1:47pm by Mikhalia
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#5 Jan 30 2011 at 12:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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Window Size: Your Monitor's Native Resolution

Multisampling: No AA

General Drawing Quality: 8 Standard

Background Drawing Quality: 5 Standard

Shadow Detail: Lowest (Disable in the in-game options, once you log in)

Ambient Occlusion: OFF

Depth of Field: OFF

Disable Cutscene Effects: OFF (ON, if your cutscenes lag)

Enable Hardware Mouse Cursor: ON

Texture Quality: Low

Texture Filtering: Low

In the in-game options, disable Character Shadows, Extended Drawing, and Dust Effects if needed.

In your nvidia control panel, set the quality sliders to Performance or High Performance, and disable vsync if it is forced on.

Also disabling the Windows 7 Action Center (Control Panel -> Action Center -> Change Action Center Settings *Uncheck everything from this page and hit OK), and User Account Control (Control Panel -> Action Center -> Change User Account Control Settings *Move the slider to the lowest setting*) can help with the game minimizing from full screen due to losing full screen focus *ie. Direct X Device error*

And you can also save your current Windows 7 Theme, and enable the Windows 7 Basic theme (runs without Aero) for some extra stability/performance)



Edited, Jan 30th 2011 1:57pm by Miken420
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#6 Jan 30 2011 at 12:59 PM Rating: Good
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Miken420 wrote:
Window Size: Your Monitor's Native Resolution

Multisampling: No AA

General Drawing Quality: 8 Standard

Background Drawing Quality: 5 Standard

Shadow Detail: Lowest (Disable in the in-game options, once you log in)

Ambient Occlusion: OFF

Depth of Field: OFF

Disable Cutscene Effects: OFF (ON, if your cutscenes lag)

Enable Hardware Mouse Cursor: ON

Texture Quality: Low

Texture Filtering: Low

In the in-game options, disable Character Shadows, Extended Drawing, and Dust Effects if needed.

In your nvidia control panel, set the quality sliders to Performance or High Performance, and disable vsync if it is forced on.



Better suggestion:

Display mode: Full Screen
Window Size: Whatever the lowest is
Multisampling: No AA
General Drawing Quality: 1
Background Drawing Quality: 1
Shadow Detail: Lowest
Ambient Occlusion: OFF
Depth of Field: OFF
Disable Cutscene Effects: ON
Enable Hardware Mouse Cursor: Doesn't matter
Texture Quality: Low
Texture Filtering: Low

If that's still too laggy, right click the icon and go to compatibility. Check the "Run in 640x480 screen resolution" box.

The game will look like sh*t, but it will work.

A lot of people forget that "Minimum" system requirements tends to mean exactly what it says.

Edited, Jan 30th 2011 2:00pm by Mikhalia
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#7 Jan 30 2011 at 1:09 PM Rating: Good
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EmiyaShirou wrote:
what would be the lowest Settings that one should set on his computer to run the game quiet well with decent/good look ?

Please help me with that.


I was going by his request. If he asked to make his game look like total crap I would have made the same recommendations you did.
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#8 Jan 30 2011 at 1:33 PM Rating: Good
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Miken420 wrote:
EmiyaShirou wrote:
what would be the lowest Settings that one should set on his computer to run the game quiet well with decent/good look ?

Please help me with that.


I was going by his request. If he asked to make his game look like total crap I would have made the same recommendations you did.


Well, I don't know the OP's specs, but he does imply that his computer is very very low end. Without knowing more specific details, I can't say for sure, but when your computer barely meets the minimum specs for a game, you need to decide if you want quality OR performance. Both is typically out of the question.

"decent/good" on a system that can barely run the game will result in a very low frame rate. Again, I can't be more accurate without knowing the OP's exact specs.
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#9 Jan 30 2011 at 2:35 PM Rating: Default
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Well, I don't know the OP's specs, but he does imply that his computer is very very low end.

First of all i didn't imply that my PC is very very old, that was reference i always use them, i like to have a point of start and base my reasearch from there.

Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Also, playing in fullscreen (not windowed) mode will improve performance as well.

For this game is the opposite, playing with Windowed mode improves performance, playing in fullscreen loves them and add chopiness to camera. This is probably have something to do with game designed to run in Windowmode, though i checked it on couple PC's with various system requirements, technically only on one close to recommeneded spec (i mean the one totally buy for this game) didn't have problems with running the game on fullscreen) though they waren't my PC's (i would love to thank you here my LS mates for shering with me theirs results but probably they wont even see this topic xD)

PS: About shadows enabled in game, I've tested that, you can set it for the lowest in settings or whatever, but turning them off in game wont give you anything, cuss the game will run how they would be enabled for the setting you set in config.

About Minimum system requirements that Mikhalia the Picky, that sys specs SE posted is just a sh*t, for 3~4 months already I'm running some extreme research on this game client, from all i can tell, it can have lower system requirements while maintaining current graphical look (without ambient occlusion and depth of field) and it can run on semi high quality also there.

But please don't ask about sharing or something - not happening, I'm doing it for myself, and the results may a bit warry on different PC's, though I've beside my lab pc which i run the tests on, tested it on 2 other people PC's (to be precise beside my lab Desktop, one desktop and one notebook) and there was noticable improvement in perfroamnce and speed as well but the system couldn't cary such a gprahical detail and lowering of general drawing quality was needed, but the game runned better than before on those PC's)

Well mainly that's why this topic came into existance. And SE should also update system requirements page, not only there aren't the new options for General and Background drawing quality there, but also, they probably dunno that with latest 266 nVidia drivers this game got fixed couple more performance issues making it even more faster... (or they know about that drivers xD hard to say cuss they are testing the game on i7's only...)

If someone want to add something to the minimum settings for confing please do so, if not, then you don't need to reply to this post or write in this topic.

EDIT:
Miken420 wrote:

And you can also save your current Windows 7 Theme, and enable the Windows 7 Basic theme (runs without Aero) for some extra stability/performance)

Changing to windows classic gives you more than basic ;)
btw. Thanks Miken for writing those settings i really do apreciate that :3

Edited, Jan 30th 2011 3:38pm by EmiyaShirou
#10 Jan 30 2011 at 3:37 PM Rating: Good
Why are you going to ask for advise if you're going to turn around and tell people they are wrong. This game just like every other game performs better in fullscreen. You just need to lower your resolution. I'm guessing you're using a low res for windowed and your monitors native for full.
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#11 Jan 30 2011 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
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PerrinofSylph, ****** Superhero wrote:
Why are you going to ask for advise if you're going to turn around and tell people they are wrong. This game just like every other game performs better in fullscreen. You just need to lower your resolution. I'm guessing you're using a low res for windowed and your monitors native for full.

I only done that because i run through tests, and that was the result of them.

Desktop resolution was set to the same of game client i never actually run this game in window mode in other resolution than the game(so both desktop res. and game ware the same one, never different). Resolution I've tested was 1152x864, both desktop and full-screen, the game of cores run a bit better there on 1024x768 but for the sake so big UI etc. i decided that 1152x864 is more playable base.

Sorry if you taken it like a hostile action from me, it wasn't on my mind back then.

PS: Almost forgot, also in one disquisition about performance of this game, couple LS mates told me that this game is actually running for them better Windowed, but i didn't asked additional questions.

Edited, Jan 30th 2011 6:23pm by EmiyaShirou
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