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Ok, after searching through Oblivion threads, I've found no cure for low outside frame rates on higher end cards.
I'm running the game at 1280 x 1024, 81.25 drivers, with 4x AA and Bloom, (as, in my oppinion, HDR isn't as aesthetically pleasing). Also, everything else is as high as it'll go.
I was hoping my card would just scream its way through frames, but it isn't the case.
As with most, inside isn't a problem. It's outside that's the problem. I get sustained 25 FPS outside, which at first was bearable, but with battles getting more intense, it's frustrating.
I haven't touched the .ini file, as I've heard about water settings being messed up...
I've also tried HDR instead of AA, hoping it would take the strain of processing thousands of blades of grass at 4x AA, but frames stayed the same.
Does any one have ANY solutions, short of turning settings down?

I know if anyone on the internet can, it's you guys.
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post #2 of 10
Take off the 4AA, enable HDR, and get another gig of ram. That should work.

Edit: Oh, well if enabling HDR doesnt help.....try a lower resolution?
    
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post #3 of 10
A couple of things:
Oblivion is said to really require 2 GB of RAM, and that is what causes low outside framerates, and people with dual core processors have been saying that the game runs pretty smooth outside.
I reccomend that you upgrade your RAM, or get rid of background programs, I've notced that those small, or large background programs really kill your performance.
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Ok, thanks for the intial response, I'll kill all the background tasks, (Inc. Explorer) and see how I fare... Then I'll consider spending =)
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are you using fraps?
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Yeah, Fraps.
After some tweaking between HDR, AA and Resolutions, I've found the best solution.
I'm now playing at 1024 x 768... which is a slight annoyance, as it isn't native resolution. HDR at this resolution only makes the edges worse, so I've settled for 2x AA. I've also closed everything in the background, including explorer.exe. It runs pretty well.
Still, I'd like to find a way to play this at 1280 x 1024 at the settings how they were with decent frame rate.
So it's agreed that the only way is 2GB of ram?
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Kahuna513
Yeah, Fraps.
After some tweaking between HDR, AA and Resolutions, I've found the best solution.
I'm now playing at 1024 x 768... which is a slight annoyance, as it isn't native resolution. HDR at this resolution only makes the edges worse, so I've settled for 2x AA. I've also closed everything in the background, including explorer.exe. It runs pretty well.
Still, I'd like to find a way to play this at 1280 x 1024 at the settings how they were with decent frame rate.
So it's agreed that the only way is 2GB of ram?
Thanks everyone.
Unfortunatally, yes. 2GB of RAM is probabally the only way. How much memory does Oblivion take up on your system? Is it dipping into the pagefile?
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post #8 of 10
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Well, I'm unsure of how exactly to tell, but if Page file is ONLY used when ram is scarse, then it is. With everything closed and in a state to open the game, it's sitting at ~130 MB, which raises to ~450 MB during the game. So, if the above is true, it's asking for another 320MBs...
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post #9 of 10
Go with the second gig of ram. I upped from 1 to 2 and the difference was astounding. No more stuttering and the battles have smoothed out to where they are actually enjoyable now. I also noticed that this game seems to get fragmented alot and is real tempermental unless it is in one nice piece. Might be exclusive to me but worth a look at any rate.
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Thanks, I'll look into it now. I was considering it for BF2, but it's good to see someone who has actually benifited from it.
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