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actually i just checked and i was running 4xAA..is there even a need for AA in WoW? what does it do?
I would guess what AA does in other games. It helps smooth edges and fix jagges on textures.
    
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actually i just checked and i was running 4xAA..is there even a need for AA in WoW? what does it do?
I think it makes it look slightly better, although it could just be a placebo effect. I've tried playing with AAx8 and only AAx1, didn't really see a difference performance wise so I just leave it on.
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changed the shadows to "good" and left everything else the same and my gpu usage was 60-75 now..lol i guess it is poorly coded
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just saw that you can enable expreimental dx11 support into cataclysm? Anyone do this and see any performance differences?
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Yea you should enable it. Supposedly it runs much better
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Yea you should enable it. Supposedly it runs much better
yup, ill do it when i get home..just read through this on Tom's, really good guide on cataclysms graphics changes as well as FPS differences between nvidia and amd graphics cards and intel and amd processors

putting dx11 mode on got alot more fps (not that i needed it anyway)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ance,2793.html
post #17 of 19
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yup, ill do it when i get home..just read through this on Tom's, really good guide on cataclysms graphics changes as well as FPS differences between nvidia and amd graphics cards and intel and amd processors

putting dx11 mode on got alot more fps (not that i needed it anyway)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ance,2793.html
You are also disabling features, such as crisp edging for water, while enabling others. I think the FPS boost comes from the features being disabled in DX11 mode, not from running DX11. I could be wrong though.

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I think it makes it look slightly better, although it could just be a placebo effect. I've tried playing with AAx8 and only AAx1, didn't really see a difference performance wise so I just leave it on.
It's definately not a placebo effect. What AA does is it takes the edge pixel of an object and melds it with the surrounding colors. This gives the effect of a smoother edge to the surface as it's harder to disinguish the edge because it is a similiar color to the surrounding pixels. It does this several ways such as CSAA, MSAA, etc.
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enabled dx11 mode and kept all other settings the same (ultra everything except good shadows, 1920x1080, 2xAA, vsync off) and gpu usage was still 70-99...funny

game looks really good
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just want to make sure that on my settings 70-99% GPU usage is normal? Just did a fresh windows install when i got my ssd before i installed WOW and I want to make sure thats normal...i dont have any other games installed to test it on
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