Actually those frequencies look weird in general. I have checked mine and when game is running it seems that it rarely drops below 4 Ghz. The difference is that I am using Mac Mini and not laptop. Looks like some sort of power saving enabled by system for CPU. Also temperature does not go really beyond 70 degrees.I accidentally stumbled across part of the reason why my 4k performance is so poor, even with a Radeon VII. There is something very odd about how the cpu frequency behaves in ESO, especially in situations where the game can be heavily cpu bottlenecked.
I've been struggling to keep fps consistently above 40fps in open world areas of the game that in windows on the same hardware basically hover around 60-70fps. I've been running Activity Monitor with the gpu graph window open and Intel Power Tool to see what is going on with the CPU. Under normal circumstances, the gpu activity stays more or less maxed, and the cpu utilization bounces between 15-40 percent, which is more or less what I see in Windows. What isn't the same as windows is while I am playing the game, the cpu frequency bounces around between 2.6 and 3.7 ghz mainly staying about 3ghz on average. In Windows with ESO running, the cpu turbos to 4.1ghz (the max multicore turbo for my i7-8559u), and performance is very very close to my desktop i7-5960x overclocked to 4.3ghz.
The other day I was backing up my bootcamp partition using winclone. Winclone utilizes about 1 cpu core/thread and maxes it out. While it is running a backup, it bumps the cpu up to 4.1ghz more or less constant. I was running ESO while doing the backup and all of a sudden my fps was much higher by about 10-15fps. As soon as winclone finished, cpu frequency and game performance dropped back to what it was doing before.
I was able to reproduce the same behavior by running a terminal program I knew would max out one cpu thread. I opened terminal and ran:
yes > /dev/null &
I then ran eso, and the cpu was turboing to 4.1ghz and performance was much improved again.
In order to stop the "yes" process when I was finished I ran:
Now throughout all of this, I was also monitoring temperatures on the cpu, and it at most plateaud at 90 degrees c. Without another process causing the cpu to fully turbo up, the cpu is not power or temp throttling, but seems to be down clocking due to not being fully loaded? Is there any way the devs could make the game perform like this without having to run a secondary background process to force the cpu to turbo properly?
Here are some screen captures to illustrate:
Without yes > /dev/null & running
12fps difference and much more consistent, smoother performance by far.
I'm thinking about buying an egpu for my mac instead of buying a new computer (It's an old MacBook, but I'm still happy with it) Which enclosure do you recommend? And is it worth for boost ESO performance?
Using Razer Core X with Vega 64 by Gigabyte. I am playing using QHD resolution and ultra settings.I'm thinking about buying an egpu for my mac instead of buying a new computer (It's an old MacBook, but I'm still happy with it) Which enclosure do you recommend? And is it worth for boost ESO performance?
I was considering it but in the end I did not buy. Reason is simple: My current setup containing Vega 64 did cost about 60% price of Blackmagic Vega 56 and just a little bit more than Radeon 580. Those devices by Blackmagic are really nice and cool but this is only providing you really care this much about design itself. Otherwise there may be better options especially with Radeon VII already out there.Is there anyone who has experience with the Blackmagic eGPU? I am considering to buy it but want to know if it really improves my game. Thanks in advance!
Actually considering what kind of hardware it is (Thunderbolt 1 so only 10 Gbps) I would call it a decent result really.I have an old MacBook pro mid-2012 and I just bought an egpu combo (Razer core + AMD RX 580 + thunderbolt adapter)
In cities like Rimnen, I only got 10-15 fps (unplayable) but with this egpu I boost it to 40 fps. I know that perhaps for you this isn't good enough, but for me, it's cheaper than buying a new computer I'm so happy that I just want to share it with you.