Beta Performance

A couple of you have asked, so thought it’d be worth a post. During the final beta it seemed many performance optimisations were yet to be made. I experienced no lag unlike the first beta weekend, however reports suggest FPS is inconsistent across different setups.

I got around 20fps on a Core 2 Duo @ 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM and a 5770 graphics card, better in quiet spots, far worse in big event battles. I expect this to improve, but maybe not by launch…

ArenaNet have said very little on this, but during a Reddit AMA, answers essentially suggested better performance comes with a higher CPU clock, rather than number of cores or graphics card, so if your CPU is as good or better than mine, expect it to be fine enough!

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7 Responses to Beta Performance

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Adam

    What settings were you using? Res, quality etc?

    • Adam says:

      1920×1080 with the settings slider dragged one notch down from maximum. During the betas changing settings seemed to have minimal impact on performance, my almost-maxed settings performed as well as dragging to lowest quality. I’ll update after the stress test tomorrow if anything’s better!

      • Adam says:

        As promised, the latest post – the stress test gallery – includes a performance update. In short, with the slider to maximum this time, it felt roughly the same at around 20fps.

  2. Rothgar Remorhaz says:

    I have noticed two potential problems which may have been slowing down my system wrt GW2 – memory modules not in dual channel config and harddrive needed a serious defrag.

    Will test the efficacy of the remedial actions tonight – see wot it did. However, as Anet has also made some changes that will mean 3 changes to the parameters within a “closed” system – scientifically nobbled me self, observations useless probably. It is something to think about tho’.

    • Adam says:

      Fingers crossed you see an improvement! On my old PC I could hear the hard drive chugging away in big battles, presumably rushing to load textures for all the characters joining in, so a defrag may well help 🙂

  3. Rothgar Remorhaz says:

    Old PC now causing probs so this is my chance!! Just ordered my new PC but will be a while – deliver to UK then DHL but should not be too long after start.
    I think the same as your new one Adam –
    i5 3570k, HD7950, 8GB Ram.
    Hoping I get 60fps on max details.

    • Adam says:

      Cool! Congrats 😀 that’s actually slightly better than my 3570k and 7870, so I’m sure like me you’ll be amazed how it feels almost a different game when it’s smooth 🙂

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