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So I have started to actually get some lag in WoW. Big surprise, huh?

Long story short, WoW got a huge graphics overhaul in the last expansion. To run it on Ultra with high MSAA @ 1920x1080 during 25 man raids can actually cause some lag now.

The question is, do I take the cheap route and add on another GTX 460 for ~$150 open box or do I still have to go with the single card solution for WoW?

I have read somewhere recently that DX11 has salvaged some of the WoW SLI scaling and functionality but I can't find that literature again.

Anyone have any particular comments about this? I do enjoy playing the game maxed out and it is not a possibility anymore during 25 man raids with sig rig.
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post #2 of 26
There is no reason you should have to sli two 460s just to play wow especially when it was made for lower end systems to make the game attract a larger crowd.
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Wow does not work with sli or crossfire if u want better framerate u need a beast of a single gpu
    
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Perhaps it's network lag from having so many people in one raid? I myself run WoW maxed at 1080p with my 5770 and I barely see any chop at all, at least nothing that's made it unplayable.
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post #5 of 26
No. WoW Did not get any sort of graphics overhaul (only the water engine/ sunshafts). They just increased the polygon count. WoW is MAJORLY CPU dependant. GPU will help slightly, but getting a new processor will help out the most by far.

EDIT: Also, I run WoW max everything (shadows and all) and I get consistently 50-60 FPS in Org, and about 70-80 FPS in 25 mans. Everywhere else I'm getting 150 FPS+.
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post #6 of 26
No point investing in SLI. It will be much more beneficial to buy a newer, more powerful single GPU. That is if you are really willing to fork out $250+ for an extra 10 or 15 fps on max detail. SLI would give you hardly any boost, as WoW does not use SLI. Try putting the details down or if you really want, go out and but a 5950 or something of that power level.

And perhaps a better CPU.
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post #7 of 26
His 930 is at 4.0 Ghz. That should be plenty for Wow, even with the slightly updated graphics.

Driver related perhaps?
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His 930 is at 4.0 Ghz. That should be plenty for Wow, even with the slightly updated graphics.

Point taken. At this point I would say network lag, running too many simultaenous applications or as Buddharoxor said, driver issues.

Install the latest drivers for your GPU, check your internet speed, and close all other programs.

THEN run WoW.
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post #9 of 26
Look at a 69xx or 570 if you need more speed. Ran near max on a 5850. A 69xx or 570 will max out at decent fps or near max at 60+ fps
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post #10 of 26
Just to echo what everyone else said, SLI will get you no real benefit in WoW, and can actually slow you down in some cases. I actually get steadier framerates when I disable SLI for WoW.

But tbh I don't notice any video lag with my 460.
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