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I just got some new stuff for my computer recently, like a new mobo, ram, and cpu, to go with my gts 450 I bought a while ago. So, I put the settings all to ultra in WoW, and I only get about 25-40 fps. I checked the cpu and gpu usage where my fps got really low, and both are only at 20% usage. Why are the usages so low when I'm getting bad frame rate? Could it be my memory? Or maybe my Vram, since I'm running a 1920x1080 monitor?
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go here: http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/OPS/...ce-GTS-450-OPS

should help, when I was playing wow I was running a 460, followed guide and my fps jumped from 25-32 to flat 60 with a dip to 48-52 during 25 mans and heavily populated areas

edit: also, wow is more cpu intense rather than gpu
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^This. WoW will rely more on your CPU and RAM.
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WOW is terribly programmed for computer hardware optimizations. WoW really only uses 2 cores (which is an upgrade from the one it only used a couple years ago). You can set it to use 4 cores but it wont. It'll put like, sound processing on cores 2 and 4. Very dumb.

The biggest thing you can do is turn shadows to low. FPS doubles and it looks almost the same. You can experiment but shadows really kill the fps while adding almost no visual enhancement
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I have to drop the shadows to good to get it to run at 60fps constantly. Not a fan of <Ultra shadows.
Also, I know it can only take advantage of dual cores, but my question still remains as 1 core = 16% cpu usage, and 16x2 does not equal 20%. And while that is at 20%, my gpu is at 20% and my ram usage is 75%.
Edited by lostmage - 11/6/11 at 2:34pm
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When I played wow on my system everything was completely max out. Including shadows, I also was heavily modded with many addons.
I saw smoother FPS, once I switched from onbaord realtek to intel nic and from a HDD to SSD.
As both helped speed up the data that is need to read off SSD and transfer to nic to the servers.
Over the years, WoW has done and increased the detail, and made the coding a little harder on systems now.
Your GTS450, is now a mid end card to WoW.
    
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I beg to differ on that... I played with a 9500gt on my wifes hp media center pc (775, c2q, 4gigs ddr2, 5400rpm mech. drive, and adjusted to max possible settings with shadows off and still managed to get an average of 40 frames with a drop to 28 under heavy server load
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Yea, to wow, the 450 is a reasonable card, but it doesn't matter, since its only using 20%... Can someone give at least a guess for my question?
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I wouldn't worry about usages being low. If the game is running well, and at a high fps... then there realy is nothing to worry about. If you want usages to spike, multitask while playing...
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Thats the problem, it's not running well... or at a high fps, I wouldn't consider 25 fps high. And the cpu, and gpu usage is low. Did I not explain it well or something? I don't really care if the usage spikes, I'm just wondering why it doesn't use what it CAN. It CAN use all of 2 cores, but it doesn't. It could also use all of my GPU, but it doesn't. I think it might be the Vram, but I'm not sure.
Edited by lostmage - 11/6/11 at 3:41pm
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