Just in case people want to know how upgrading their PC can help FFXIV...
Note that I play at the highest possible graphics settings and even enforce a few more extra graphics settings through the nvidia control panel for good measure.
I upgraded from a dual-core 3.0 Ghz AMD Athlon II to a Phenom II 1090T
*People appear a lot faster in crowded areas
*Framerate no longer drops to 0 for a moment when traveling NorthWest of the Chocobo in Gridania (sometimes happened with the old AMD 3.0 Ghz dual-core, sometimes didn't)
*I'm still seeing CPU Utilization spike up to about 80% Usage at times. The AMD Athlon II 3.0 Ghz Used to spike up to 99% and stay there during those "choppy" moments where the controls were unresponsive. The 1090T does not have any choppy moments where the controls are unresponsive.
*Reviving after dying is no longer extremely choppy for 10-15 seconds after reviving.. It's very smooth right after revive
*Game controls no longer feel choppy or unresponsive in large behests with lots of people.
*Average GPU utilization significantly increased (I've got Overclocked GTX 470s in SLI went from ~30% usage to ~90% usage).
*Average framerates increased a little, minimum framerates increased a lot.
Installed an SSD and put just FFXIV on it.
*Teleport anywhere: "Loading Screen" time drastically reduced 10-15 sec.
*Initial game load and character selection screen loading times stayed the same though. Strange, but whatever...
Playing with the available video memory (Two GTX 470s in SLI).
FFXIV wants 815MB of Video Memory per GTX 470 at maximum graphics settings in FFXIV config, 1920x1080 resolution, 16X Anisotropic filtering enforced through nvidia control panel, Triple Buffering forced on in nvidia control panel, and 16XCSAA enforced through FFXIV config.
*Decreasing available Video Memory to 600MB by running a CUDA memory hog application in the background causes minimum framerates to drop significantly. Moving camera and running around becomes noticeably unsmooth. Although the game doesn't feel choppy with the 1090T CPU, the graphics looks like a really fast running slideshow when you starve the game of video memory.
*Note that if you don't use maximum graphics settings like I do, you probably won't need so much video memory
But yea, to summarize...
CPU upgrade from a dual-core 3.0 Ghz to a six-core 3.2 Ghz was worth every penny and by far yielded me the biggest gains. Though keep in mind I already had two GTX 470s overclocked and water cooled as I normally run them for folding@home 24/7.
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