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I just got this card today and I'm not thus far impressed with its performance. I was previously using the GTS450 and this dang GTX550ti doesn't seem to be performing much better. The only game I play is WoW, just as an fyi. With the 450 I was getting 40fps on ultra and it would drop in dungeons to about 30. This card is SUCK when I'm questing in Pandaria (for those who know WoW) but then when I do a dungeon, it jumps up to 70fps easy. It's making me angry.

I'm currently undecided whether to return or overclock. Can someone point me in the right direction on overclocking? I've never done it before.. If I return it, I will be buying the HD7750 instead, as I HAVE to buy something because my 450 died a few days ago frown.gif
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I just got this card today and I'm not thus far impressed with its performance. I was previously using the GTS450 and this dang GTX550ti doesn't seem to be performing much better. The only game I play is WoW, just as an fyi. With the 450 I was getting 40fps on ultra and it would drop in dungeons to about 30. This card is SUCK when I'm questing in Pandaria (for those who know WoW) but then when I do a dungeon, it jumps up to 70fps easy. It's making me angry.
I'm currently undecided whether to return or overclock. Can someone point me in the right direction on overclocking? I've never done it before.. If I return it, I will be buying the HD7750 instead, as I HAVE to buy something because my 450 died a few days ago frown.gif

Just get the 7750. But if you want to try overclocking, get yourself something like MSI Afterburner and try putting your memory to about 2300mhz and core about 1000mhz. Those clocks are almost guaranteed to be stable.
     
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I just got this card today and I'm not thus far impressed with its performance. I was previously using the GTS450 and this dang GTX550ti doesn't seem to be performing much better. The only game I play is WoW, just as an fyi. With the 450 I was getting 40fps on ultra and it would drop in dungeons to about 30. This card is SUCK when I'm questing in Pandaria (for those who know WoW) but then when I do a dungeon, it jumps up to 70fps easy. It's making me angry.
I'm currently undecided whether to return or overclock. Can someone point me in the right direction on overclocking? I've never done it before.. If I return it, I will be buying the HD7750 instead, as I HAVE to buy something because my 450 died a few days ago frown.gif

What processor do you use? How did you install the drivers when you got your new card? Do you have the 64bit WoW client? Do you run it in D3D11?

WoW really doesn't care about your GPU at all barring ENBMOD.

As far as overclocking a GPU, I'd recommend MSI Afterburner (and to an extent, NVIDIA Inspector).
    
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I have the i5-750. Running with a 650w power supply. I've actually been wondering about the drivers install because I didnt find a disc (I will check the car in the morning when my fiance is home from work) but when I installed the card, my computer booted and asked for a restart and when I checked the drivers on the Nvidia website it said they were current. I do run the 64 bit WoW client. But as for the D3D11, I'm not sure? Do you have to do that through certain settings? I've never seen it that I can recall. I don't usually tinker with settings, but I'm willing to learn if it will help performance.
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I have the i5-750. Running with a 650w power supply. I've actually been wondering about the drivers install because I didnt find a disc (I will check the car in the morning when my fiance is home from work) but when I installed the card, my computer booted and asked for a restart and when I checked the drivers on the Nvidia website it said they were current. I do run the 64 bit WoW client. But as for the D3D11, I'm not sure? Do you have to do that through certain settings? I've never seen it that I can recall. I don't usually tinker with settings, but I'm willing to learn if it will help performance.

DirectX 11 can add a large performance boost to WoW under some system conditions. I don't really remember how the settings were layed out anymore (stopped playing about a year ago), but IIRC, it was in the advanced options with the framerate caps and all that stuff.

You can also manually force it to run D3D11 by adding " -d3d11 " to the end of the client shortcut (without quotations).

Do you also have the shadows turned all the way up? Turning this down 1 step below maximum can dramatically change performance (on a stock WoW installation). Depending on how hacked up your config.*** is, this may not be so useful.

EDIT: If you have time, clean reinstall the driver with the ones on NVIDIA's website. The installer has the option for this, nothing special.
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Ok, I found it and dx11 is on. And shadows are on high instead of ultra. Seems like I will just have to start lowering my graphics for questing and turning them back up for dungeons, as annoying as that is.
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Well overclock the card too, I'm not sure how the 550Ti performs, but 1 GTX 470 stomped WoW into the ground. It rarely ever got above 60% usage, barring ENBMOD which changes this heavily.

Afterburner will show you how much GPU usage you get, if the card is maxing, overclock it.

Also, I've seen a few things since Pandaria released that might suggest Blizzard has some work to do on the performance optimization front.
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I'm gona try it out, I downloaded the programs. And they definitely do. In Wrath I could get 60fps on Ultra easily with the 450. And then with Cata, and now MoP the performance went down drastically. Dungeons aren't bad, but the continent itself is starving for power for some reason.
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I'm gona try it out, I downloaded the programs. And they definitely do. In Wrath I could get 60fps on Ultra easily with the 450. And then with Cata, and now MoP the performance went down drastically. Dungeons aren't bad, but the continent itself is starving for power for some reason.

Amen to that, during the Wrath days, I had a laptop with a 9800M GTS in it, that pretty much ate that game outside of "extreme" cases. The 470s were just a joke then, but with Cata, raiding took -ridiculous- performance hits, as did the open world with the "dynamic shadow box" crap that Blizzard has now. There are a lot of mods for the config.wt* that may help better your experience, I personally think a lot of it has to do with the code just becoming too large and jumbled. Blizzard could make it perform like the Wrath days again, it's not like the graphics are noticibly better! lachen.gif

Edit: Though before wrath, I also had 7900 SLI, and WoW ran ridiculously bad. Yeah, before Wrath. Go NVIDIA SLI being really broken back then. Haha.
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