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TOROcast – Ep 141 – Everyone Moves

In this weeks episode of the TOROcast.  Samm, JJ, and Tom discuss the upcoming game patch 1.1.5 and game update 1.2.  As well as discuss the community Q&A for this week.

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About SammMoney

Hey there friends I am Samm 'Money' Carbo, owner of Twonk Hammer Entertainment, LLC. In March of 2009, along with a dearly missed friend I started a podcast some may know; The TOROcast based on Star Wars: The Old Republic, unfortunately that game was not a fit for me however I did not want to give up podcasting and reviewing games. Thus I started this site, and The Ban Hammer podcast. I am the proud father of currently one, work as a computer tech during the day, and a mail man on Saturday's as you can imagine my life is busy. Follow me on Twitter @SammMoney and of course follow us here @TwonkHammer.

8 comments

  1. BW have got real problems with their client.

    I have a GTX 570 (1280 mb), C2Q 2.66 GHz, win 7 ultimate 64bits, latest nvidia driver 295.73, 6 GB RAM.

    PvPing on Ilum with 2 ops (24 imps v 24 pubs) I get 6 – 12 FPS. The last time I tried to put graphics at minimum res 800×600 and all low, my FPS did not change at all. At warzones I get an average of 20 FPS. Even at the fleet I get 25 – 30 FPS.

    The process swtor.exe does not use 35% of my CPU (just open your Task Manager so you can see it). The shadows are still poor in some places, they did not had AA at launch, they dont give us High Res Textures (only at the conversations), etc.

    With my spec I can play Skyrim, BF3, Assassins Creed, with graphics set High and get an average well above 45 FPS, SWTOR needs some REEEEEEEAL work to improve the performance, so we can actually play Ilum. xD

    Basically the client’s performance is really bad when we most need it.

  2. I’m running a six core, 16gb ddr3 and an ATI 6770 and the only time I have any slow down is back when the game first came out and everyone and their mother was on Fleet. Even during the few Ilum PVPs I do, I don’t drop below 25 FPS

  3. there was a post on redit recently talking about the FX file that has the effects resources for SWTOR.. and how when its disabled “rename the file” , then FPS is boosted massively.. it seems its either not coded efficiently .. making use of other CPU cores, GPU etc. (SWTOR, like many PC games only actually use 2 cores on the CPU and ~2gig of RAM – no more is being used by the game)
    im pretty sure it was mentioned on the official forums and the person who did was given a warning for elaborating how to make this work. the only problem when u do this is that all FX are gone.. mood lighting, lightsabers, fire, aoe, force abilities.. etc all of them are “missing” and not shown.. so its not a really good way to play lol

    i cant find the post now that i mention it

    BW are implimenting a “Very Low” shader quality level in patch 1.1.5 that significantly increases FPS.. but u lose a lot of mood lighting

  4. there was something i couldnt quite put my finger on in this show….everyones talking about whats coming up in TOR soon…. felt a little nostalgic even LOL

    and HUZZAH ! aussie launch soon.. come my fellow kangaroo-riding-to-work-throw-another-shrimp-on-the-barbie peoples!!! i will see ye soon!!! 50ms for all!

    we need a kangaroo-jawa hybrid server name… something like… Kangawa Server

  5. your comment on rolling need for companion gear brought me back to a game instance recently. as a new player to the MMOs i tend to not be aware of the etiquette of grouping during flashpoints, etc… out of ignorance i was, up until recently, rolling need for gear that my companions would use (if good enough). during a grouping it was pointed out to me that i was being a jerk… the comment i would make is this, i understand that there are unwrittent rules of conduct for this but with any MMO and ToR especially bringing many SW fans that never played an MMO, people should not be assuming…
    if there is a MMO player code of conduct documented somewhere feel free to forward. i really enjoy ToR but hate being played as the bad guy just because i am an newbie (which i advertise when grouping)….

  6. I think I am one of those… not yet, but soon to be toaster models. Strangly enough though, Mass Effect 3′s demo looks beautiful. So I’m in the *huh* mode when I compare it to that. Is my PC now good enough, or not… Anyways, the contentpatch is going to be a lot and I’m not even 50 yet! (yes I know, im lagging behind. But thats what you get when work takes a lot of your time…).
    For the altoholics amongst you, play the Jedi Knight storyline. It reminded me at moments a lot of KOTOR :)

  7. Stronghand, don’t take this the wrong way but I see this kind of replies everywhere from people who have a similar processor to yours…

    Core 2 Quad processors came out in ’07 and went EOL in ’09, that technology is at least 3 to 5 years old. This means your processor, while being “quad”, is no where close to nowadays i3, i5 and i7 2nd gen processors in terms of speed and optimization. I agree that the engine lacks big time in terms of optimization, but to say the game should run smooth on 3-5 year old hardware during intense gameplay (ilum with 40-50 people) is kind of stretching it.

    Granted, I’m running the game on a beastly computer and never ever see drops in FPS, it just seems to me like the new setting they’re pushing out will help people with 3-5 years old hardware.

    (By the way, it blows my mind that people toss new generation high end graphics cards in a computer with a 3-5 year old processor. They would get a lot more performance from a proce upgrade which really isn’t expensive now, I paid $200 for an i5 running at 4.4GHz. It’s great an all to drop $300 on a graphics card, but if everything gets bottle-necked into your processor, it’s pretty pointless.)

  8. My processor is that one: http://ark.intel.com/products/38512/Intel-Core2-Quad-Processor-Q8400-(4M-Cache-2_66-GHz-1333-MHz-FSB)

    It came out april 2009: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_microprocessors

    It is not 3 years old yet, most games that comes out does not require Quad cores processors, and SWTOR recommends something like that: http://www.swtor.com/info/faq#171060

    The game has performance issues, and here is a good post that explains interesting things that we all should know about PC gaming: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=329526&page=46 (member Sasori)

    I have got a GTX 570 because she is the best twin 6 from NVidia, and as I told ya, I CAN run any game today (BF3, Skyrim, whatever, you name it) with very high quality graphics and have no problem at all.

    So you need to check your sources, and if your processor is an i5 running at 4.4GHz, know that you dont need it to play any game out there, so… it’s pretty pointless to have one.

    xD

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