Me and my bro bought a decent gaming laptop together earlier this year so that we could both play FFXIV when I'm at his place and when he's at mine. It's an MSI with AMD CPU, Windows 8, a Radeon 7970m GPU and a standard HDD. While running FFXIV in Gridania the FPS is often around 15 and when spinning the camera in a crowded area it often halts for a couple of seconds while loading PCs. Out in the field the frame rate is in the mid 40's, dropping into the 20's while turning the camera.
This is all with the lowest possible graphics settings and the laptop is running in performance mode. I've also turned down all of the graphics settings in the ATI control panel. I guess I expected a little better from a 2013 gaming laptop leading me to wonder if there's something wrong. The benchmark score with these settings is around 7,500, "extremely high" supposedly.
Lowering the resolution of the game has almost no affect on FPS. The frames still drop big time when turning the camera and idle FPS is around the same. I'd like to force V-sync off since that helps the FPS a lot on my desktop PC but ATI's settings aren't as robust as nVidia's and the option doesn't seem to be there.
Should this laptop be able to run this game better? Is this game really that beefy? Is it just the fact that there are so many PCs hanging around the starter nations? Any advice as to how to get better FPS? Has anyone been able to compare HDD vs SSD in this game? Question overload!
Edited, Sep 3rd 2013 9:05pm by TauuOfSiren