I've tried everything within my IT knowledge I could think of, including extensive googling to try and solve an issue that is driving me nuts. My rig specs are in my signature. My machine is super well maintained, immaculate even. I keep it in tip top shape. It is overclocked currently at 4.4ghz, but otherwise no other overclocking is done. It's passed 24 hours+ of Prime95 with temperatures that are very good, and no errors. I've also used Memtest on all of the RAM without issue. I have no issues in any other games like this, however, my friends' lesser spec'd machines perform without the problems I have.
The game is Neverwinter (MMORPG). The issue is that the FPS drop seemingly random every 5-10 seconds. Not a massive drop, usually, but if the game is running around 55 FPS average, it will drop to say 45 or so, and I get a noticeable hitching or stutter on screen. I also have a problem no one else nor any forum member from what I can tell has anyone experiencing; When I first log in to the game (after character select) there is a welcome message that appears after about 2 seconds or so. It basically shows you what's new in game and what not. The game immediately spikes my ping to ridiculous numbers, and my FPS drop to a fraction of 1. The game will do this for about 1-3 minutes on average, at which point the game returns to normal. My FPS will rise to ~50 in an instance that isn't heavily populated. In a major hub that is densely populated, the game will hover around 30FPS.
I will admit that there is a TON of google'd evidence that the game is poorly coded. That said, my friends who have lesser rigs (albeit playing on lesser settings) have none of the issues I do and state plainly that their experiences is 99% smooth. Here is what I have tried so far to alleviate my problems:
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I have no application (software) firewall, but I opened the ports explicitly on my FioS Router/Modem that that the game uses both TCP and UDP. 7000-7500.
I port forwarded and gave priority (QoS) for their IP range given by their tech support forums.
I've verified with a friend who has the exact same video card what driver version he has, and actually done a clean install to a version from early November.
I've tried reducing in-game setting in both visual settings and the game also provides a resolution "scaling" feature does nothing to help. In most cases, lowering the settings made things worse, believe it or not. The friends with lesser specs are playing at 8x MSAA and 16X AF with all post-processing effects turned on still over 30FPS and 0 complaints of the stuttering I have at 55FPS.
I've run a nettest program directly at the request of their forums and my results all fall into a good range comparing to the other tests I've seen.
I've run a tracert against their servers and received back the hops, 1 or 2 of them are elevated in terms of latency at ~60ms but the rest of the hops are < 25ms or so. I didn't really sneeze at the 60ms hops either.
That's pretty much the gamut I've run. If you gerbils in your infinite collective wisdom could recommend anything else I could try I'm all ears. I really am enjoying this free game, it's fun and a change of pace from League of Legends but it's hard to enjoy the way it's performing currently. My last option is to drop $100 give or take on a non-verizon router as none of my friends have FioS and I'm wondering if that could be a problem.
I'm already pissed at Verizon for their censoring of youtube and twitch.tv due to disputes over peering agreements and CDNs. Disgusting, don't even get me started. I left them last week as my cell provider and my only other option for ISPs is Comcast which gave me problems with other games I played. FioS is rock solid connection wise, never drops. Comcast had issues often (weekly I would estimate) which caused me headaches therein. If I were to get a new FioS router/modem combo, what would you recommend?
Thanks again for taking the time to hear my plight.