Oh oh, I know the answer, 3 of these
in SLI with one of these
Yeah, go ahead and try gaming on a Quadro. I don't think you'll be very happy with your investment! :P
I know, although I suppose the sarcasm falls flat on the internet.
Same to you, lol.
Hard to say exactly what the limiting factor in the game is, because the problem is more complex than just a lack of properly upgraded PC parts. FFXI still has the same problem, and that game is from 2002. Even on brand new, high end PCs, the game still struggles to run at the 30 fps cap in particular scenarios (around groups of people). FFXIV looks like it's going down the same road, where no matter what, the game will struggle in certain areas, even after a decade of new technology comes out. Somewhat unrelated
, but this is a more detailed description of why truly accurate emulation of old hardware architectures requires immense computing power
. Needing 3Ghz to emulate hardware with a processor that runs at 25Mhz is a factor of 120x the clock speed to accurately reproduce an SNES game. You can get close with much less power and lots of custom tweaks, but that's just "close".
There are different particular reasons for why FFXI still runs poorly on new PCs, and I won't claim to know exactly why FFXIV struggles given the level of graphical detail and relative performance in other games, but the broader concept is still noteworthy. The only people who really know the answers are the software engineers at SE that have had a hand in developing Crystal Tools and FFXIV. Don't expect that to ever get fixed either. FFXI has crashed from losing fullscreen since day 1 of the PC release in 2003, and despite all of that frustration and input from the players requesting a fix, they made the exact same mistake in FFXIV and don't appear to ever be fixing that, either. tl;dr
: It's both, but spending more money won't completely fix it. Sorry. Get the best you can for your budget and deal with the performance problems like everyone else. Don't build a machine just for FFXIV if you don't already love the game
. It's a waste of money. Seriously.
:\ Edited, Oct 10th 2011 2:01pm by bsphil