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FPS & World Of Warcraft

By Sneaks
Mar 14, 2006
  1. Hey guys, I hope someone can help me with some info....this place is pretty informative.

    Anyway....here are my specs first

    P4 3.20 GHz
    1 gig ram
    Ati RADEON X550 256 MB

    I usually run at 15FPS on average....although it usually seems smooth, but I recently was told that based on my specs it should be higher FPS for me. Is there anything I can tweek on my system or in my game to bring up the FPS? Any help would be greatly apprecaited. Thanks

    Sneaks
     
  2. Elzara

    Elzara TS Rookie

    first of all, make sure you have vertical sync off, that should raise your FPS and on a slower machine you wont suffer from screen distortion as it doesn't get high enough FPS.

    if you want to keep ur graphics at a higher setting you should invest in another 1gb RAM and you'll notice a massive difference.

    i had simular specs to you before i upgraded and had around 20fps so i think wat you have is about right, just tweak your settings a bit.

    but my advice, 1gb of RAM will sort it for sure.
     
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    1GB of RAM should be pretty sufficient to run World of Warcraft at high frame rates. Your issue most likely is elsewhere. RAM becomes more of an issue in higher populated areas in the game.

    If you're noticing a drop in FPS in highly populated areas, that is one area that more RAM should help, but with 1GB it shouldn't be much of a problem at all.

    You could just be trying to play the game at too high of a resolution or something of that nature.
     
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    See what System Requirements Lab rates your PC for WoW, see if it passes the recommended specs. I agree that adding an extra 1gb of ram should help you nicely but you could also lower the game's graphical settings too.

    What version of Windows are you running?
     
  5. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    The problem with the RAM statement that I am seeing though is that 1GB should be sufficient in any areas that aren't pretty populated such as Stormwind or Orgrimmar. If that is when it's happening then it's true that RAM might be an issue, since World of Warcraft is RAM intensive in highly active areas of the game.

    If he is getting frame rates that low while out questing with not many people around, I believe something else is going on. As we have said, resolution or other graphics settings may be set too high and that would be my first thought especially with his video card. It's not very high end, but more or less should be fine for this game, but I'm not entirely sure on how well the X550 performs.

    Personally I played the game with an X1800XT and at one time I played with a 9700 Pro. When I first started playing I had 512MB of RAM which was a massive issue in cities such as Ironforge. Upgrading made a huge difference there, but once you hit the 1GB mark I'm thinking his settings or video card might possibly be the main bottleneck.

    Again, not saying that 2GB of total RAM won't make a difference. It may, so it's probably worth the attempt and if graphic settings are in fact an issue here, the additional RAM would probably help to allow you to play at your current settings.

    To be financially effective, try lowering your resolution a bit ESPECIALLY if it's higher than 1024x768. Or you may try playing at 800x600. I think you should be fine at 1024x768, but don't quote me on that. Then as some have said you could try upgrading to 2GB of RAM. If that doesn't do it, you might need to invest in a video card.

    Honestly though I just don't feel like the X550 is a problem here at resolutions 1024x768 and below. Unless some other setting is killing your frame rate such as anti-aliasing, so I see no need to upgrade your video card unless that is just something that you want to do. As I said, I played the game with a 9700 Pro and 1GB of RAM at one point with no problems that I remember.

    South Shore when PVP was very active there, before they opened battlegrounds was a great test of hardware. Oh the good old days of World of Warcraft.

    It's hard to be sure, but there, you have my thoughts.
     
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    I asked what version of windows was being run because if he is using Vista then he will want more RAM. If XP, then fine, 1gb may be enough. It would be handy to know what resolution is being used in the game as well, as, like has been said, it makes a big difference ;)
     
  7. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,650

    if u *****s would look up this thread is 18 months old, no one is watching it.
     
  8. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 233

    Ha, ha, ha. Its like finding a ad on the side of the street listed twenty years ago for a ten inch tv and calling up the place and asking if they have any in stock.:haha: No offense Elzara.
     
  9. Elzara

    Elzara TS Rookie

    i was at work...
    ...
    mind....
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    numb......





    ....meh.
     
  10. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    dude, take a chill pill ;)

    people can see this thread when they use the search function and it could help them
     
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