Terrible fps on WoW any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Takeshii, May 9, 2008.

  1. Takeshii macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    Im constantly at about 3-4 fps when im anything. If i'm lucky one night i'll be at 9. I've seen a lot of problems with this and macs has anything been done? All my spell detail is at low. Is there anything I can change or update on my computer to fix it?
  2. jamesi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2005
    Davis CA
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Spell detail is not the first setting I would turn down. Full screen glow often makes a large difference, as well as multisampling (anything more than 1x doesn't look much better anyway), view distance, etc. If you've turned ALL the options down and still get poor FPS then maybe you just need a better computer. Since you don't specify what hardware you have it's impossible to say if it's a bug or if the hardware is just too outdated (my 2002 PBG4 can't run the game well either! lol).
  4. Takeshii thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    1.8GHz powerPC g5 with 1.25 GB of ram. Just a standard video card.
  5. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Yeah, that's low-ish. I have a dual 2.0 GHz G5 with 64 MB Radeon 9600 Pro and it's just barely usable. I generally get 15-20 fps but it can certainly drop below 10 often.

    Also depends what resolution you're running. At 1920x1200, you're pushing about 3 times as many pixels as at 1024x768, that makes a big difference.

    1.25 MB of RAM should be adequate providing you're not running too much other stuff at the same time. WoW only uses about half a gig under normal conditions.

    Probably the best upgrade short of buying a new computer would be upgrading the graphics card (GPU). A few hundred $ or less could probably provide you with a significant frame rate upgrade for WoW purposes.
  6. voyagerd macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2002
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    I have a single 1.8GHz G5 with a Radeon X800. It plays fine at max settings at 1680x1050.
  7. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    It's been a while since I played, but I'd suggest turning down the "View" distance and go with a lower game resolution. I mostly played WoW on a 1.8 dual G5, 1GB RAM with a Radeon 9800 pro card and got good performance mostly in the 20's.

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