Try turning off core parking and see if it helps at all , is there a chance your friend has a Intel CPU , I have noticed as far as CPU goes AMD tends to perform worse. There is a lot of variables in what can affect FPS, running on a clean boot always helps , I think I posted this before - http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
The red indicator whilst can be GPU limited also means render limit and CPU can affect this as well.
green while is CPU is also system limited like Vsych for example
edit - 40FPS on ship have you checked temps of CPU, GPU and system generally I have a GTX670 and 111 is render limit and it is what I get on a ship.