Hello everyone, not many people running my setup so I thought I'd inquire about it here in the forum.
I've been playing the game for about 2 months now and really enjoying it. But, I'm getting really frustrated at how poorly my PC is performing, especially in crowded zones with multiple players. Usually on Ultra I net around 40-50 FPS and sometimes 60 with little activity around me, but as soon as I enter, say, Mournhold or Rawl'kha, it drops down to 20-30. My CPU during this time sticks around 10-15%, even during large fights or crowded zones the usage doesn't increase to accommodate demand. My GPU meanwhile sits around 40% on ultra and low (regardless of what settings I tinker with) and I'm yet to see it shoot past the 60% mark.
The client seems to prefer one thread, which usually hovers around 90% on Ultra-High and remains the same even when I choose the lowest possible settings (640x480) with no increase in FPS. All the other threads meanwhile are seldom used or around 5-10% (only time CPU usage increases is when I change graphical settings, it then shoots up to 100% on all threads).
What surprised me was when my sister, with a xeon x5450 from 2006, a GTX 960 2GB and 6GB RAM was getting 60FPS stable at 1680x1050 on ultra in the same zones as me while I was running Low with 1366x768 and barely getting 40FPS with my superior specs. In other CPU intensive games like Battlefield 1, Planetside 2 and Ashes of the Singularity I generally get a stable 60FPS on Ultra, High and Medium respectively.
At this stage I've tried numerous proposed panaceas yet to no avail. This includes: Disabling all my Add-ons, OCing my GPU by 15%, OCing my CPU by 10%, toggling shader-cache in Nvidia control panel, trying all DSR options, all power options, maximum pre-rendered frames, toggling V-Sync and Triple buffering, disabling high resolution shadows in UserSettings.ini as well as all the tweaks mentioned here
:. Heck, I even un-parked my cores!
When I was sat, scratching my head and wondering why my sister's rig was performing better I realised the main difference between our rigs -- aside from the older architecture and lack of hyper-threading -- her 4-cores were obviously doing better than my 6, so i deactived two of them and turned off hyper-threading. Voila, 20FPS increase instantly. Now with 4-cores, each core-usage was around 70-80%, sometimes 90-95% in intense fights or crowded zones and my GPU usage also shot up to around 60% (but didn't increase any higher than when I had 6 cores and hyperthreading enabled).
Obviously 4 cores and no HT on a CPU capable of more is not sustainable, and I had to re-enable them to play other, more-demanding titles. Has anyone had any luck under similar circumstances? Not many people -- better yet, anyone! -- seem to be having problems with their xeon CPUs so i'm not sure if it's just my particular CPU, or if this is more common among processors with similar core/thread counts.
Hex-core Xeon only using 1 core out of 6 regardless of graphical settings and with all addons disabled. Have tried countless performance tricks with no success until I disabled HT and 2 cores. Usage shot up to 70-80% per core and 20FPS increase noticed instantly but still underperforming as I'd like all 6 cores and threads working.
OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit
Motherboard: ASUS P6T-Deluxe V2
CPU: Intel Xeon x5650 ~4.4GHZ
GPU: ASUS GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB
RAM: 18GB DDR3 ~1600MHz (OC from 1333 MHz)
SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB SATAIII SSD