Greetings! After spending hours upon hours tweaking settings in both my client and OS, I've decided to try running ESO in boot camp to increase performance until what I assume are development-related issues are fixed. As I close in on VR10, it's become apparent that I'm going to need to fix something if I wish to PVP/raid seriously. Currently getting around 25 FPS questing, 20 FPS while in cities, or 15 FPS in Cyrodiil or high-intensity dungeon/dolmen situations (or just standing around in certain dungeons w/ specific types of lighting such as the first two rooms in Fungal Grotto) w/ this system running the following settings:
Base Model Late 2012 Mac Mini on 10.9.2
16gb DDR3 1600mhz (DIY upgrade)
128gb SSD + 1TB HD in fusion mode (DIY upgrade)
Intel HD4000 1024mb onboard graphics
Single 1920x1080 monitor connected via Thunderbolt > HDMI cable
Built in audio output device (optical mode running to external DAC, not analog)
Settings (off unless listed)
Texture Quality: Low
Particle Density: Low
View Distance: 21
I also sometimes raise resolution to 1920x1080, and drop SS Quality to low, although I believe it runs ever-so-slightly better at 1280 generally. I tend to have more issues w/ lagged turning when at 1920 w/ SS on low. Lowering all settings to minimum honestly doesn't do a whole lot, and I can never go above 25-30fps in processing-intense situations regardless of how low I go - hence me settling for crappy performance in exchange for a game that looks like it was made post-2000 using these settings.
Now on to a few questions:
1) Anyone have any ideas on how I could increase performance besides the obvious such as kill other tasks, do a fresh OS install (was done prior to stress testing beta), uninstall addons (doesn't effect performance for me), or build a dedicated gaming rig?
2) Would you suggest bootcamp? If so, would it be possible to wipe my current fusion drive setup, and install bootcamp on the SSD? Would this possibly make a large difference in performance, or should I just go w/ a standard bootcamp install using the bootcamp assistant that exists only on the standard HD? From what I've read, the only way to install bootcamp using the assistant on a fusion drive is on the standard drive, but I'm sure I could get around this somehow - just can't find documentation/info anywhere.
3) Has anyone tried an external thunderbolt graphics card housing before? Would you recommend it as a viable alternative to building a whole new rig if so, and which have you used?
Thanks in advance for the help y'all! Free V10+ gold enchants w/ your mats for life for any US DC folks who provide any advice that helps make this game's endgame content playable