I've been getting some absurdly bad FPS issues upon my return to the game. My computer specs are as follows:
Time of this report: 2/12/2007, 00:28:47
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/19/04 12:59:03 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 292MB used, 2170MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Card name: RADEON X800 XT
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: RADEON X800 XT (0x5D57)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5D57&SUBSYS_03121002&REV_00
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6648 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Even on LOW visual settings using gfxToggle2 addon, I'm getting barely above 20 FPS in areas like Zangarmash. At the Cenarion Outpost, I'm lucky to exceed 20 FPS. Usually only get 15 FPS. This is a dramatic diffence from a few months ago. I used to get rocksolid FPSes in the 40-60 FPS range regardless of situation, on high video settings.
The raid addons are only enabled during raids. I've only listed these addons for posterity. If you can offer me advice on how to get respectable framerates again, please, any and all help will be appreciated.
I loaded into Thrallmar early in the morning (i.e. few players around) and was receiving ~30 FPS with no addons. Upon reloading UI with the regular addons enabled, I was receiving ~30 FPS, in the same spot. Odd.
a) BC content is using more doodads, textures etc than 'old' zones. Same with armor models.
b) more people flocking in new zones, therefor more CPU load.
c) some addon causing high cpu load in combat
d) increased memory usage due to GC changes
e) defragmented hard disk, too many applications running, virus, spyware,...
I noticed a slight performance increase by turning off sound hardware acceleration and lowering the channels to the lowest setting. But that's what comes from getting a cheapo soundcard with your PC :P (remember kids, sound is important too!).
fps are lowering in raids (AV for example), dont have an idea what mod is causing this... ive notices little fps increase after turning off Incubator. but afaik some of my guildmates have same problem, and aint using Incubator.
PS: without any mods performance is really good (80-100, 30-50 in raid), with mods enabled (40-50, in raids 1-5)
I think Blizzard disabled LOD by default because it currently creates graphical glitches on some computers ... (blinking terrain far away) .. btw "Level of Detail" in graphic settings.. not load on demand ;o)
I've been playing my Hunter lately and it's only Lvl 37, but my FPS went from the 48-60 range to the 20-30 range also, and I'm running around alone in Arathi Hills/Hillsbrad areas. I think it has to do with the new UI code features they put in. Will have to live with it for a few patch iterations till they work out the kinks.