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GW2 WvW FPS Issues

I want to talk about my week-long efforts to figure out what is going on with my computer and Guild Wars 2.  To give you a very quick summary, I’m having weird FPS issues and lots of instability with my hardware and the game. I spent the entire week changing settings, monitoring performance, changing drivers, pouring over forums, and trying to figure out what is causing my issues.

I can get around 50-60 FPS in the PvE world, and the game is actually quite smooth.  In fact, I have no complaints about the PvE zones except for some random overheating and frame drops in places like Lion’s Arch or random zones.  Generally speaking, I would say PvE is flawless.

However, in WvW zones when there is any sort of battle going on my FPS will drop to 5-15 depending on the fight.  It becomes unplayable, a slide show, and I get motion sickness.

Here are my system specs:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 930 Processor (4x 2.80GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 – 1GB – EVGA Superclocked
Memory: 6gb DDR3-1800
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

Drivers: I have tried the 306.02 beta drivers, and the current stable release drivers.  No difference.

I can set my settings as low as they will go or to ultra and I see ZERO difference in my FPS.  This is what has me confused the most.  Why am I not seeing any performance change between the two highest and lowest settings?  I’m also concerned about the fact that my GPU is being underutilized.  In massive fights it will only be 40% used, and sometimes my core clock and shader clock will throttle.   My CPU is only being 50-60% utilized.  I see no reason for me to have any game-breaking lag at all.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.  I added a video showing the issue happening after the jump.  (more…)

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