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OwenBrooks
02.28.2013 , 02:32 AM | #6
If using an Nvidia card try the below it may help, as this sounds like a CPU bottleneck, the below will take pressure off the CPU, If changing gfx settings has no effect and fps isn't dropping this is because it isn't GPU bound.
NVControl Panel go to "manage 3D settings" > "Program Settings" > "Add" (find the swtor.exe from the installed directory)
> "Maximum pre-rendered frames = 1"
> "Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration = Single display performance"
> "Power management mode = Prefer maximum performance"
> "Triple buffering = ON". If you do not use Vsynch turn this to OFF (unless you play windowed)

Maximum pre-rendered frames controls the number of frames the CPU prepares in advanced of being rendered by the GPU. Also if you do play windowed, setting launcher.exe and swtor.exe with desktop composition disabled should also help. ( if you do this triple buffer can be left off ) as on, this forces vsynch even if off in game in windowed mode, desktop composition also forces rendering to be done differently and not directly by the GPU.