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sighcottic Mar 3, 2013 @ 6:35am
How to get better fps in planetside 2
and no going into the options
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Kenj™ (superratt) Mar 3, 2013 @ 6:49am 
Upgrade PC?
sighcottic Mar 3, 2013 @ 7:05am 
to get better fps in planetside 2 go to the steam library. Find planetside 2 right click hit properties. Now go to local files and hit browse local files. Now go down and find UserOptions and hit it. Open in note pad now go down to rendering make the shadow quality 0 and the texture quality 0 and save. Go in planetside 2 and have fun!!! :)
Mentos in Coke Swag Mar 3, 2013 @ 7:35am 
decent if not a good pc, if you've got one already, i'd suggest to upgrade/update your Drivers and Card. I've got 3 PC's and 1 Laptop here, my laptop used to run everything smoothly, then, after quite some time, the capacity of what it could take decreased dramatically, updated my Drivers and Card and it ran all smooth again. my case was that i had a good Laptop already, so i just had to update my Drivers and Card, my laptop is an Asus. :) now, the other 1 of the 3 pcs runs fine on low, but not on high, but its a pretty old Vista. But the other pc was getting older and older, so it barely ran nothing on ''High'' nomore, if not even on ''Low'', but it was my fav pc, it had actually everything on it..so what i did; i put a Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 in (So, upGRADE my Card), updated my Drivers and BAM! It ran all smooth again, and i could continue gaming in peace and quiet. :P And the other PC is a new one, and i use it every now and then.

So..there ya go, i've experienced both cases, and updating/upgrading following this way (good pc=Update. Bad PC=UpGRADE) fixed it for me, big time. :)

Hope this helps you bro, Happy Gaming!

(This is how i did AND fixed it, and many other people aswell, without really going 'into the options')
Last edited by Mentos in Coke Swag; Mar 3, 2013 @ 7:38am
Bucketnate Britta'd it Mar 3, 2013 @ 9:21am 
You can't say "And no going into the options". You expect to gain FPS without changing anything, that's just ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Sev07swrc Mar 3, 2013 @ 9:30am 
The upgrade solution worked best for me. I have a HP pavilion 6520f desktop that used to have a 250 watt power supply and a AMD 4200 card. Since the only games that I was playing at the time were old, I could run them with decent graphics. Then I got the first Crysis, and it could only run it on the lower settings. But when I got to the psuedo final boss, it completely froze up. I decided it was time for an upgrade, and got my hands on a 500 watt power supply and a AMD 6000 series graphics card. and then I was able to beat the game. When I started playing Planetside 2, it ran everything smoothly on higher settings and I have never experienced lag (except for once or twice).

The strange thing is that for some reason, if I shut my PC down, something will happen in the bios (I haven't found the problem) and the PC won't boot up. The only solution that I have found is to do a system restore, take out the new graphics card, reset the bios, and reinstall. For now, I've just been keeping it in sleep mode. (and yes, I have check the system compatibility, everything checks out)

Any thoughts?
Sir Talomose Mar 3, 2013 @ 10:06am 
Originally posted by Sev07swrc:
The upgrade solution worked best for me. I have a HP pavilion 6520f desktop that used to have a 250 watt power supply and a AMD 4200 card. Since the only games that I was playing at the time were old, I could run them with decent graphics. Then I got the first Crysis, and it could only run it on the lower settings. But when I got to the psuedo final boss, it completely froze up. I decided it was time for an upgrade, and got my hands on a 500 watt power supply and a AMD 6000 series graphics card. and then I was able to beat the game. When I started playing Planetside 2, it ran everything smoothly on higher settings and I have never experienced lag (except for once or twice).

The strange thing is that for some reason, if I shut my PC down, something will happen in the bios (I haven't found the problem) and the PC won't boot up. The only solution that I have found is to do a system restore, take out the new graphics card, reset the bios, and reinstall. For now, I've just been keeping it in sleep mode. (and yes, I have check the system compatibility, everything checks out)

Any thoughts?

Not sure if this is really on topic, but I hope others don't mind me taking a jab at this. When you say your PC won't boot, when is this? Does it not power up at all, it powers up but stops during POST, or does it lock up when at the Starting Windows screen?
Sir Talomose Mar 3, 2013 @ 10:17am 
Originally posted by brenda-jack:
to get better fps in planetside 2 go to the steam library. Find planetside 2 right click hit properties. Now go to local files and hit browse local files. Now go down and find UserOptions and hit it. Open in note pad now go down to rendering make the shadow quality 0 and the texture quality 0 and save. Go in planetside 2 and have fun!!! :)

Texture quality 0 would more likely decrease FPS as it works inversely.
Last edited by Sir Talomose; Mar 3, 2013 @ 10:18am
Grumpy Birdy Mar 3, 2013 @ 12:01pm 
stop playing on your moms computer and buy a gaming computer meant for this generation of games. don't even need to go into options
LiDePa ☺ fuck my ping Mar 3, 2013 @ 12:37pm 
Originally posted by Planet PoopTardo:
stop playing on your moms computer and buy a gaming computer meant for this generation of games. don't even need to go into options

AMD FX 4100 + AMD HD 7770
getting max 35 fps in battles

this game just needs too much power -.-
Bearfight Mar 3, 2013 @ 1:28pm 
Been looking into squeezing all the performance I can out of this game for the better part of the day...

Kenj: Need more info on your system specs and current PS2 settings to be sure of anything. Updating the graphics driver is usually a safe bet on desktop systems. Some laptops, however, are better off using older, manufacturer-specific drivers. For instance, my 650m performs best overall on the "306.00" Nvidia/Lenovo driver, which is specific to my system.

I've been messing with settings all afternoon and can confirm that turning shadows down in-game will increase frame rate in just about any case. Turning off Fog Shadows, Motion Blur and AO checkboxes will also yeild better FPS at the expense of visual quality. If that doesn't do it and you think you should be seeing more performance, try the driver update. If you're updating a driver specifically with the goal to increase performance in a certain area or troubleshoot an issue with a certain game/app, then do it methodically to avoid shooting yourself in the foot... I'll write up my preferred method below this paragraph, for anyone interested. Also, strangely, some systems may actually benefit from the hidden "Ultra" graphics setting, which can be only set by modifying UserOptions.ini. Ultra settings freed up an additional 5-10 frames per second on my machine compared to using the in-game menu's High settings. For perspective, I am running a single GT 650m DDR5 with stable overclock 1100core,2600mem. I also have CPU rock steady at 3.0GHz; no throttling. The game looked fantastic, too. The FPS gains in my case are not because Ultra is a false setting that defaults everything to low, as some people claim. Surprisingly, I saw a boost to both overall visual quality and FPS. Can't really complain... I'll take it! An example ini for Ultra mode is linked below (credit to that file's OP).

Link: http://pastebin.com/XFkf8sYJ <---Planetside 2 Ultra Config


Clean driver update/roll-back method, for anyone interested :)

With the old driver still installed, run 3DMark (or your favorite benchmark) to get a "before" score. Then generate a Windows restore point (Control Panel>System>System Protection>Create). This makes rolling back to the old driver fast and easy, if need be. The accepted practice when updating graphics drivers is to remove all traces of the old driver before installing the new version. See the link below for help on that (all credit to the OP). It takes a while longer due to reboots, but I highly recommend toughing it out for a few extra minutes to make sure the new driver goes in cleanly. Once the new driver is installed and identical or close-as-possible to previous settings are restored, run the benchmark again. Compare the scores and/or load up a game to check FPS gain/loss.

Link: http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/611371-tutorial-how-install-remove-amd-nvidia-drivers-using-clean-method.htm <------[Tutorial] How to install/remove AMD and NVIDIA drivers using a clean method

Sometimes a new driver will reduce performance on certain systems. If this is the case for you, either roll back to the old driver using your restore point or try it all again with a different driver version. Nvidia keeps serveral of the more recent releases up on their site in the Beta/Legacy area. Install and try as many as you have time and patience to test until you find the one that works best for your system. Keep in mind you should use the clean install method each time for best results.
Last edited by Bearfight; Mar 3, 2013 @ 1:32pm
Grumpy Birdy Mar 3, 2013 @ 1:29pm 
Originally posted by LiDePa:
Originally posted by Planet PoopTardo:
stop playing on your moms computer and buy a gaming computer meant for this generation of games. don't even need to go into options

AMD FX 4100 + AMD HD 7770
getting max 35 fps in battles

this game just needs too much power -.-

Never heard of it, but AMD HD .. is that like Intel HD 3000 or 4000 ..

I don't know, runs a lot better then I was expecting on my macbook running windows on seperate partition. With settings on medium, except textures, special effects, and particles on high - I get around 35-45 fps at 1600 x 1024 - if I run at 1368x1200 something, it runs much quicker probably 45 fps avg in battles. I think I have a Nvidia GT650m (?) - 1 gig and 8 gig ram, quad core i7 2.3ghz. Not really designed for games but does fine.

But this game just came out late last year, so it has all the bells and whistles of latest generation games. You will no doubt need to have a newer generation gaming machine to run it well at the higher settings.

Sev07swrc Mar 3, 2013 @ 3:07pm 
I wrote my original post thinking "huh, I had a similar issue until I upgraded; perhaps I can contibute? And come to think of it, a problem that may arise for others if they chose to upgrade that I haven't found a solution to is still very present in my system, why not see if there's someone out there who knows the solution?"

To answer your question, when booting up it'll fail on the windows 7 boot-screen (the one with the spheres forming the logo) then I have to do everything I described in my earlier post
Sir Talomose Mar 3, 2013 @ 5:11pm 
Originally posted by Sev07swrc:
To answer your question, when booting up it'll fail on the windows 7 boot-screen (the one with the spheres forming the logo) then I have to do everything I described in my earlier post

I can't guarantee this will work, but I had a similar problem where I got stuck there too. The fix for me was easier than expected. I disconnected by data cables from all my drives and the area they plug into on my motherboard, reconnected them, and it worked again. I forgot the reason for why that works though.

Originally posted by Bearfight:
I've been messing with settings all afternoon and can confirm that turning shadows down in-game will increase frame rate in just about any case. Turning off Fog Shadows, Motion Blur and AO checkboxes will also yeild better FPS at the expense of visual quality. If that doesn't do it and you think you should be seeing more performance, try the driver update. If you're updating a driver specifically with the goal to increase performance in a certain area or troubleshoot an issue with a certain game/app, then do it methodically to avoid shooting yourself in the foot... I'll write up my preferred method below this paragraph, for anyone interested. Also, strangely, some systems may actually benefit from the hidden "Ultra" graphics setting, which can be only set by modifying UserOptions.ini. Ultra settings freed up an additional 5-10 frames per second on my machine compared to using the in-game menu's High settings. For perspective, I am running a single GT 650m DDR5 with stable overclock 1100core,2600mem. I also have CPU rock steady at 3.0GHz; no throttling. The game looked fantastic, too. The FPS gains in my case are not because Ultra is a false setting that defaults everything to low, as some people claim. Surprisingly, I saw a boost to both overall visual quality and FPS. Can't really complain... I'll take it! An example ini for Ultra mode is linked below (credit to that file's OP).

The reason for some systems running better with higher settings is from how PS2 underutilizes the GPU. Upping the settings seems to either push things from the CPU to GPU, or at least make use of the GPU to increase quality without any performance decrease. This is also the reason why people saying it goes to low settings is false. FPS would either not change or get worse, unless a person had a monster of a CPU while having some sort of integrated GPU.

I ended up going on ultra and supersampling to see slightly better FPS, but the largest benefit was that it was much more consistent which is even more important to me. The only thing I dislike is the horrible bloom this game has with graphics quality set to 3 or higher. I've been blinded by it in firefights a number of times.

I felt there were a few things you missed to increase performance though. Core unparking and lowering flip queue size. Core unparking can be done with a number of free programs online. Flip queue size will depend on if someone uses AMD or Nvidia. AMD can use RadeonPro. Nvidia people will have to find out how online as I've forgotten it.

If anyone is looking to upgrade their system, stick with Intel and Nvidia. My friend has a less powerful system than I, but has better FPS simply because he's using Intel/Nvidia while I've got ATI/AMD hardware.
Last edited by Sir Talomose; Mar 3, 2013 @ 5:15pm
[FaZe] xXx420BLAZ3ITFGTxXx Mar 3, 2013 @ 11:35pm 
certain things in this game will murder your frame rate. particles and lighting are the two big ones i can think of. generally lighting is very expensive, but this game also makes ridiculously heavy use of particles, so putting that on medium or low will probably help too. turning down terrain and mesh density stuff will help too, but its really lights and particles that hurt.

i generally dont see much of a performance boost by turning down texture quality. youd think that would make a bigger impact, seeing how much VRAM textures eat up, but no such luck.
Last edited by [FaZe] xXx420BLAZ3ITFGTxXx; Mar 3, 2013 @ 11:36pm
LiDePa ☺ fuck my ping Mar 4, 2013 @ 10:36am 
Originally posted by Planet PoopTardo:
Originally posted by LiDePa:

AMD FX 4100 + AMD HD 7770
getting max 35 fps in battles

this game just needs too much power -.-

Never heard of it, but AMD HD .. is that like Intel HD 3000 or 4000 ..

I don't know, runs a lot better then I was expecting on my macbook running windows on seperate partition. With settings on medium, except textures, special effects, and particles on high - I get around 35-45 fps at 1600 x 1024 - if I run at 1368x1200 something, it runs much quicker probably 45 fps avg in battles. I think I have a Nvidia GT650m (?) - 1 gig and 8 gig ram, quad core i7 2.3ghz. Not really designed for games but does fine.

But this game just came out late last year, so it has all the bells and whistles of latest generation games. You will no doubt need to have a newer generation gaming machine to run it well at the higher settings.

amd radeon hd is the name of the newest amd graphics card series
this one (the 7770) coul run battlefield 3 on ultra with 60fps
but on a free2play-game i get 30 fps?
thats ridicolous...

btw i bought my pc a month ago^^
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