Vanguard: Saga of Heroes F2P
Jimbo Dec 31, 2012 @ 5:48pm
Horrible framerate.
computer is old but here are the basics:

gf 240gt/8800gts (own both/tried both)
Athlon 4600+ x64 dual core (2.4ghz)
4gb DDR2 ram
Windows 7 64bit
Latest Nvidia drivers (even tried beta drivers)

the game runs at 15-45 fps with plenty of hitching. It does not matter what graphics settings or resolution i run at. Going from 1024x768 at low settings all the way to 1920x1080 on high I only see about a 5 fps difference.

I bought this game when it released several years ago and the best tech at the time was miles behind my even dated computer. Why is it running like a turd? Any ideas?
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maldorf Jan 17, 2013 @ 7:50pm 
Well, I run 2 gtx 470s in SLI, not nearly the best cards now, and can run it on full blast no problems. I have a Intel I7 960. Your is rather behind the times, I would see if you could pick up another card that runs with your motherboard, but sometimes thats an issue I know. Video cards are rather cheap these days if you dont buy the best of the best.
mharmless Jan 21, 2013 @ 5:05am 
Your video card is about the same as mine, Jimbo. However, your proc is pretty out of date. I'd recommend turning off the shadows entirely, because vanguard seems to tax the CPU while doing shadows.

My wife and I both had Athlon 6400+ procs, and after poking around online found that both our different motherboards supported the Phenom II x3 720 processor. Bought some for 50$ each off ebay, and it has made a world of difference in pretty much every game. Might be worth your while to investigate that.
Jimbo Jan 23, 2013 @ 12:05am 
thanks for the info. I have since added some new hardware. with a pentium dual core 3.25ghz (a touch overclocked) 4gb dram and 2 8800gts i still cant run it as well as id like. My issue was never that i thought my hardware was up to date it was the this game is OLD, when it launched the old computer specs I had would have been future tech. The games engine is rough and very hard to run.
So yeah im sure it would run great with 16gb ram, a core i7 and the baddest video card on the planet but for the lvl of detal this game is acually pushing the system needed is far too high. Its almost like the game is rendering tiny little bug villages in the grass just to eat up cpu power.

Im holding 40-75 fps now so its running ok. Ive run alot of games on this rig (many of them mmo games) and a great many of them sport much higher lvls of detail. This game just seems like its really hard to run for the time it was made and it confuses me.
mharmless Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:14am 
Oh yeah, the engine is a hog for sure. I still can't get 40 fps with my machine, although I do think it looks pretty good on the settings I have now.

One of the people in the in game chat linked a command to change the way the game does fog, a command you have to either type by hand or make a macro to use each time you log in.
/setfog 200000, 400000, 120, 120, 240

This command makes a huge difference in how the game looks, try it out when you are in some spot where you can see a nice vista.

In the options you can change with the UI, max the view range and turn on the atmospheric distortion effects (maybe before the setfog command). With the settings I have currently, I only get about 25 fps or so, but everything is gorgeous looking. Looking out over a bay at the cliffs in the distance is just breathtaking.

Of course, none of that helps that the character models are so badly animated, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

Also, if the setfog makes your screen black, you have to log out and back in again. I fat fingered the command first time trying it out and ended up being able to see nothing anymore.
Jimbo Jan 23, 2013 @ 9:02pm 
ty for the command i will test it out for sure!
nordelie_9 May 27, 2013 @ 12:31am 
Keep in mind the first Island is laggy..once u get into the game there is no studder at all.
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