Apologies if this is deemed too specific or in any case posted in the wrong forum (couldn't think of a better forum than this one to post it in though).
First of all, let me mention that I bought a new computer in the end of November. My computer specs:
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz.
4096 mb ddr2 RAM.
Asus P5E mainboard
and onboard sound (yes, I know..)
4x250GB HDD (~300 gb free space)
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but that PC should be able to decently FRAPS. Well, that's the problem. It doesn't. I can record at 45 fps out of combat, but as soon as I enter combat the FPS plummet to 5. This strikes me as odd considering I could fraps at 15+ fps with my old rig, which was 3,5 years old or something.
I shrugged it off and didn't think much of it, we all know that WoW is extremely CPU heavy and maybe I was just hoping for too much. Then I tried turning on FRAPS in Call of Duty 4 and lo, behold... 30 fps constant while frapsing at max settings with 1280x1024 as resolution.
I don't get it. Is it addons that are screwing me over? Is it my CPU? It could be my CPU, considering CoD4 is more of a GPU dependant game, I guess.
I run 2 screens if that matters in any way, I turn off Windowed mode when raiding to gain FPS. I run WoW in 1280x1024 with max settings. I turn sound off.
I'm confused. I'm sure I should get higher FPS while frapsing, any hints or suggestions? I decided upon making a thread here as I'm sure competent people that can help me further browse these boards. This is in no way a thread just to answer my question, maybe we can share tips on how to smoothen recording in WoW.
That's something I hadn't heard yet, unfortunatly the store I bought this in were pretty set on doing the assembly themselves and being as dumb as I am, didn't think about doublechecking everything. Do I check this in the BIOS?
About the CPU settings, this is my first multicore, so I have no idea how to do that either.
I'm not completely helpless when it comes to computers, but it's been a while...
You said you're running 2 screens? With WoW across both screens? I've never done that for WoW so I'm not sure, but if FRAPS is recording both screens at once then yeah that will definitely hurt your fps. Also, are you recording to the same hard drive that you have WoW installed on? I've heard varying reports of this making a difference in performance.
Yeah, running 2 screens, but WoW is only on one. I tried the cores thing, helped a little but not much... I am recording to the same HD as WoW is installed on, but would that make such a difference? I always have done this as far as I can remember back :o
[e] Just tried recording to a different HD, made no difference.
What's your total amount of space? Is it 500GB for all 4 drives or is it a solid 1GB. I'm trying to figure out why, without raid-striping, they would go with 4x250 rather than the much cheaper 500x2 approach, even then.
What OS are you using? I had trouble using FRAPS on Vista with WoW (5 FPS) . However, when I used my XP OS (20-30 FPS), I had better results! Unless things have changed in the last couple of months since I tried, FRAPS doesn't like Vista.