Having some screen tearing issues with FFXIV

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Lifeguy, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Lifeguy macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I recently bought a 2010 Quad Core Mac Pro and I’m experiencing some serious screen tearing with games like FFXIV. I’m not sure if this has to do with my monitors refresh rate (8MS) or my graphics card (ATI5870). If you check my other threads you’ll notice that I’ve already been having graphic card issues. I’m running the game with Windows 7 64 bit through Boot camp and have all the latest ATI drivers.

    I’ve also been noticing some lag in certain parts of the game (mostly in the city states) and am wondering what could be the problem? I’m running the game at 1920 x 1080 with texture and shadow quality set at Standard, no AA, and most of the in game effects turned off (physics, extended drawings, dust effects ect…)

    The specs for my comp:

    2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Nehalem
    1TB 7200 RPM HD
    ATI Radeon HD5870 1GB
    Mac OS X 10.6
    Windows 7 64 bit

    Also using a Dell 23” Ultrasharp (U2311H) hooked up through the DVI port.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
  3. Lifeguy thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Unfortunately the game doesn't have a Vertical Sync option. However, I'm being told that I can turn it on through my drivers. Do you think enabling this would help out with the lag in city states?
  4. huck500 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2004
    Southern California
    Unfortunately the game seems to run like that no matter the settings. I have a brand-new gaming rig and while the game seems to run at 60fps much of the time it looks pretty bad. Turning down settings doesn't seem to help much.

    Not to say the graphics themselves look bad, they look amazing... when I'm standing still. In motion the graphics seem to lag and stutter and tear pretty badly.

    Much of the lag in the cities is caused by other people loading in, there's not much that can be done about that client-side. EDIT: Besides turning down graphics settings, but it didn't help much for me until I turned them all the way down.
  5. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Enabling vertical sync in the driver settings will fix the screen tearing. That's what vertical sync is for. However, it will reduce your frame rate overall, meaning that the lag you experience in city states will be slightly worse.

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