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How do i get more fps/less lag while in a warzone

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How do i get more fps/less lag while in a warzone

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NogueiraA
09.24.2019 , 09:11 PM | #31
Quote: Originally Posted by Eastiano View Post
I understand the hell of trying to improve this, I think its just an issue with a lot of players and animations on screen, but I'll try to help...

I run game atm on ultra but disable v-sync, this results in massive fps increase on somewhere like the fleet (went from like 60-200ish fps)

I dipped into a quick queshball to see some numbers, you can see in the link below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rToF...ature=youtu.be

Please don't judge my play too harshly, 1st I am crap and 2nd, I was staring at the fps counter most of the time.
But after a minute or so my average fps was 47.
Not too bad but bear in mind I'm running an i7 8700k, gtx1080 and 64 gig ram on my laptop so its pretty comfortable with anything you throw at it.

As others have mentioned, lower settings may bear fruits of higher fps numbers so be sure to try that, and hope you succeed in finding a good balance between playability and prettyness.
Turning off vsync does not gives you any more performance, it just uncaps the FPS.
Vsync caps the fps to your monitor refresh rate, in this case 60hz, so vsync caps your game to 60fps to match the refresh rate, it causes a smoothier gameplay due to monitor + in game fps at 60.
Turning it off will probably cause stutters since your video card is sending more framerates than your monitor can display, anything above 60fps on your monitor won't have any impact.
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TrixxieTriss
09.24.2019 , 09:45 PM | #32
Quote: Originally Posted by Raansu View Post
I really think its hit or miss. My last build the game didn't run well at all. Constant hiccups and it was something I simply just got used to. Whether the game just did not like the 5820k, or if it didn't like the board.....who knows, but it never ran good, where as my build before that with an AMD phenom 2 the game ran fine. Granted they have updated some visuals and particle effects over the years so I imagine that amd build probably wouldn't run the game very well anymore.

My current build the game runs with little to no hiccups and generally stable fps all the time where as a friend of mine like you has an 8700k OC'd and its hit or miss. Honestly this games engine is just janky and its up in the air on your chip/bios/drivers on how well the game runs. I've seen potatoes run the game flawlessly on max settings and top tier computers struggle to even run the game at all. End of the day its luck of the draw due to a garbage engine.
Quote: Originally Posted by Amaste View Post
This.

tbh with the comp i built for this game after the cluster **** fps i got on my older one from when i played Aion, i just threw the cpu with the best single core results i could afford in it and hoped for the best. .-. Not really a computer savant nor do i do 16 man raids, but it's worked fine overall for pvp thus far. Now that I've said something it's going to burst into flames in one of the Huttball hells though.
Something I’ve posted about in the past is how this game loves CPU speed over cores. The higher your CPU speed, the better the game will perform. Up until the last few years with some graphics becoming more graphics card focused (shadows etc), the CPU was the most important thing for this game vs graphics cards. You could get away with a medium graphics card as long as you had a fast CPU.

CPU Throttling is also a problem with this game. For those that don’t know what that is, throttling is what happens when a CPU goes from max speed to low speed or visversa ie, 5820k specs show it throttled from 3.30 to 3.60 GHz. This throttling doesn’t happen instantly, it’s takes a few micro seconds - second to happen and causes stutter or performance drops. Both the motherboard firmware (xCPU) and windows make these decisions, but they make them independent and rely on Windows drivers to smooth out the process. Which obviously aren’t optimised for gaming, especially this one!

The other issue that would have caused the 5820k not to perform as well is its speed. Swtor for some reason performs the best over 4.0 GHz and the higher the better. Unless you permanently had you 5820k OC (the K version is the OC’able one) at or above 4.0ghz with throttling turned off, then you would have had mediocre to poor performance from it.

Throttling can be turned off on most modern CPUs and I would highly recommend this for playing swtor. The simplest way is within the windows power settings. Find the power settings and you will see they are set to balance to default (on desktops). This is so you don’t use as much power when it’s not needed. That’s why CPUs throttle.
When you find the power settings, look through to where it says CPU power and set it to always 100%. This prevents the CPU from throttling (normally).

You can take this a step further if your CPU and motherboard support it by turning off Intel speed stepping (or AMD equivalent) in the motherboard Bios. This is something you should do anyway if you are manually OC’ing your CPU to get higher speeds.. FYI, don’t use the proprietary software that motherboard vendors have for doing this in Windows. It is lazy and the software will never give you the best settings because every single CPU is different and requires tweaking. The software is generic and most CPUs will run hotter and use more power than necessary (which overly stresses them), which reduces the best everyday OC speed you can get from them.

My advice when choosing a new CPU for this game is to buy one with at least 4 cores that can run at 4.x (plus) or one that can be comfortably run at an everyday overclocked of 4.x (the higher the speed, the better). All “K” version intel CPUs are overclockable. I believe all the modern AMD CPUs are (but check). Just remember, you want at least 4 cores to run above 4.0 all the time. If you can only overclock one core and the rest don’t, then you won’t get the best performance.

Last disclaimer: overlooking has risks. If you don’t do the research or know what you are doing, it’s probably best to just buy a super fast CPU with the minimum speed over 4.0. Then turn off the throttling (which won’t hurt it). If you do decide to OC, get yourself a good after market cooler and research the best way to apply and set it up in your case. Custom WC used to be the best way (and still mostly is), but you can now get very good AIO (all in one closed loop) water coolers with close to similar performance. This removes the risk of leaks or spending a thousand dollars on cooling.
If anyone wants extra advice on what I recommend for cooling, please ask as I’ve been doing this for 22 years.

Edit: Ransuu, tell your friend with the 8700k to set his max speed to 4.70ghz in his motherboard Bios (which is his CPU max boost) and turn off throttling through windows. The 8700k has a base speed of 3.60ghz and that’s why he’s probably having issues.
If he still has issues after that, let me know and I have some other suggestions to help.

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TrixxieTriss
09.24.2019 , 09:46 PM | #33
Quote: Originally Posted by NogueiraA View Post
I REALLY doubt you get 100+ fps on 8vs8 warzone in the middle of the team fight.
That I can't believe, sorry.
You make that statement, but don’t tell us what system you have or how you set up the game. Please provide that info.

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TrixxieTriss
09.24.2019 , 09:47 PM | #34
Quote: Originally Posted by NogueiraA View Post
Turning off vsync does not gives you any more performance, it just uncaps the FPS.
Vsync caps the fps to your monitor refresh rate, in this case 60hz, so vsync caps your game to 60fps to match the refresh rate, it causes a smoothier gameplay due to monitor + in game fps at 60.
Turning it off will probably cause stutters since your video card is sending more framerates than your monitor can display, anything above 60fps on your monitor won't have any impact.
That is partially incorrect. Please do some research. Please read my explanation on v-sync.

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Eastiano
09.24.2019 , 10:57 PM | #35
Quote: Originally Posted by NogueiraA View Post
Turning off vsync does not gives you any more performance, it just uncaps the FPS.
Vsync caps the fps to your monitor refresh rate, in this case 60hz, so vsync caps your game to 60fps to match the refresh rate, it causes a smoothier gameplay due to monitor + in game fps at 60.
Turning it off will probably cause stutters since your video card is sending more framerates than your monitor can display, anything above 60fps on your monitor won't have any impact.
Oh, makes sense! Seems to legit have increased the low dips tho, I was getting under 30 fps before and now its around 60ish when not running obs, I tried using windows game mode recording and that really had an impact on fps, like makes the system work twice as hard.

Btw, the stuttering you mentioned, I guess you didn’t watch the video I linked

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TrixxieTriss
09.24.2019 , 11:07 PM | #36
Quote: Originally Posted by Eastiano View Post
Oh, makes sense! Seems to legit have increased the low dips tho, I was getting under 30 fps before and now its around 60ish when not running obs, I tried using windows game mode recording and that really had an impact on fps, like makes the system work twice as hard.

Btw, the stuttering you mentioned, I guess you didn’t watch the video I linked
When you run v-sync, how is your input lag from keyboard and mouse?

edit, I missed the part earlier where you are using a laptop.
The windows default power settings in most laptops is for low or balanced (maybe for your higher end system). Try turning it to 100% and see if the performance increases.
Just one caveat, it will make your battery run down faster and I would suggest you don’t do it unless you are plugged directly into power.

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Eastiano
09.25.2019 , 12:05 AM | #37
Quote: Originally Posted by TrixxieTriss View Post
When you run v-sync, how is your input lag from keyboard and mouse?

edit, I missed the part earlier where you are using a laptop.
The windows default power settings in most laptops is for low or balanced (maybe for your higher end system). Try turning it to 100% and see if the performance increases.
Just one caveat, it will make your battery run down faster and I would suggest you don’t do it unless you are plugged directly into power.
Lag is un-noticeable with either setting and I can notice quite profoundly anything 20ms plus only my midi keyboard.

Yeah it is normal for laptops to be set to balanced, however I have a custom built audio desktop replacement laptop which uses a custom 3xs power setting, guessing for silence as it’s made for audio production.
Went through extensive soak testing after build as they said my specifications were unique but they did a great job and provided all the benchmarking results and software required to check myself when upgrading (hopefully not for a while yet as well it’s 99th percentile)

And yeah, am always on battery Trix, not sure what the life of a single charge is but I get the feeling it’s not gonna be great

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Raansu
09.25.2019 , 06:34 AM | #38
Quote: Originally Posted by TrixxieTriss View Post
No, I mean a i7 5700k (which I have OC at 4.8ghz WC)
Please refer to this :
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us...-4-50-ghz.html
That's a 7700k.....

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TrixxieTriss
09.25.2019 , 11:22 AM | #39
Quote: Originally Posted by Raansu View Post
That's a 7700k.....
Damn it, lol, that’s what I meant. I have to stop posting when I’m tired.