This is the obligatory, yes, I’ve been playing Warcraft and, yes, it’s eaten a ton of my time, and, yes, I’m saving for my mount and, dear lord, telling all of you sure isn’t helping my self confidence.
But I need some help.
The home machine, a Dual G4, was recently upgraded to a Dual G5 along with whatever video card came with the standard configuration… some ATI Radeon variant. Before I moved over to the new machine, I did a couple of frame rate checks meaning I walked around in Warcraft a bit and unscientifically observed the frame rate which averaged around 11 fps.
Now, I’m a quality junky. If there’s a slider in the video options of the game which allows me to control detail, I always max it out because I feel that’s how the game designers wanted me to see it… high quality, right? On my G4, it was painfully clear that Warcraft was going to be a visual pain if I maxed out the settings, so I surfed a bit and found out which options were the performance versus quality trade-offs. Turns out that terrain distance had the biggest effect, but whatever switches I flipped, I was happy and proceeded to play for several months before the G5 arrived.
With the arrival of the G5, I was hoping to see a frame rate improvement even though the video card was effective to the same, but I was shocked to discover that my average frame rate for the same walk in Warcraft was ACTUALLY SLOWER. What the.
So, I did whatever good nerd would do, I bought more hardware. A fancy ATI Radeon 9600 Pro card. It was back ordered, so I had to twiddle my thumbs, but it arrived last night and YOU BET I WAS ALL OVER IT. Card installed, drivers updated, and HERE COMES WARCRAFT BABY.
Aaaaaannd I still feel like I’m walking around in thick air. Yes, it’s actually a slower frame rate. Ok, so I upped the quality settings a bit, so it’s hard to do a fair comparison, but, folks, I’ve upgraded all of my hardware including the core graphical brain and my FPS blows.
So, two things:
- Am I missing something? Is there a switch that needs flipping? I know the drivers are in because there are substantial visually differences in the game, but why the slow FPS?
- If I’m cursed to this FPS, what settings do folks think have the best trade-offs relative to performance-versus-quality? Is it just terrain distance and resolution or are there other combos that folks love on the Mac?
Also, I play on Cenarius. If you want to go kill stuff with me, send me a google talk @ firstname.lastname@example.org.