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DredPython #1 Posted 22 November 2016 - 07:44 PM

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I have an NVIDIA 970, i7 6700K, 8GB ram etc.

All my other games are running fine at frame rates you would expect from a fairly high end gaming rig (well high-end 18 months ago...)


I jus started playing WOW again.  I am using the HD version.  I am getting 15 FPS @ 2560 x 1440.  I get 20 FPS at 1920x1080.  Lowering the settings helps a little - about 4-5 FPS each time I drop down a level.  I played around with not having the tracking camera view on, etc - made very little difference.  The game is actually playable but obviously not smooth.  I double checked the frame rate using Action as I didn't actually believe it at first.  I seem to recall getting WAY higher frame rates when I was playing ~ 1 yr ago.


Drivers are up to date as of Nov 19 update from NVIDIA.


Any help greatly appreciated.

RedSpartacus #2 Posted 22 November 2016 - 07:56 PM

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I do have almost the same specs like you and my FPS is around 100. Run a direct X diagnostic and send the result to support.

losttwo #3 Posted 23 November 2016 - 10:02 AM

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I have to follow Spicoli's advice when playing this game.

Psicko23 #4 Posted 23 November 2016 - 10:53 AM

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I have an i5 instead of an i7, and the same card, built about 16 months ago. when I first started playing this game on hd I was getting about 200 fps on average. each successive patch it kept getting lower. now I'm running about 60-90 with drops to 30's which are causing a second pause or so. Im guessing this game needs to be optimized. none of the other games that I have played in the same timeframe has had the fps drop.

Bear_82 #5 Posted 23 November 2016 - 11:53 AM

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I wonder if the game is using onboard video, rather than your 970?

DInk_Spinkley #6 Posted 23 November 2016 - 12:14 PM

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what are your temps and which maps.

Edited by DInk_Spinkley, 23 November 2016 - 12:18 PM.

My wife said if I can make money playing video games, she'd leave me alone, so....

DredPython #7 Posted 23 November 2016 - 05:00 PM

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Problem solved, thanks for the replies.  It was actually in all my games.


After some head scratching I realized I installed a new PCIE 4x SSD around the same time I started playing again.  Turns out the slot I had my 970 in shares the PCIE bus and when you plug in the SSD it splits the PCIE channels and drops the speed to PCIE 4x for the 8x slot (8x / 2 - 1/2 goes to the SSD 1/2 to the 8x slot I guess.)


Moved the card to my PCIE16x slot (not sure why I didn't put it there in the first place.)  Voila - 90FPS, all games happy.  And as a nice surprise the SSD is faster AND my temps didn't change but 1/2 my fans don't need to run at all any more unless I am in heavy gaming so noise is way down!  Turns out my 970 was poorly positioned for airflow from the PSU too!


FYI Mobo is ASUS Maximus Gene VII

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