Would like to post back my experience so far. While this fix helped a ton with the odd micro stutter, now I can really notice slow downs especially when fighting a group of monsters. FPS is usually constantly 60 (vsync) but when in a mob of enemies it can bounce around in the 30s a lot. It will get choppy. Yet I hear of people with a lot less powerfull hardware running "perfectly". The micro stutter still shows up every now and then... But it's been much better. As my eyes aren't freaking out after playing for a little while.
I have Low FX on, and AA off. Here are my specs.
2x Radeon 6970 2gb in crossfire. Catalyst 12.4 1920x1200 Rez.
AMD 965 black edition running at 3.8 ghtz
Sound blaster titanium HD
Gigabyte 990 FX ud3
WD velociraptor hard drive. Nothing but games on it. OS is on another drive.
Edited by HApRooT#1260 on 22/05/2012 06:20 BST
Firstly let me point out that if you are not using Triple Buffering, VSync and max forground at 60 will halve your frame rate if it dips bellow your max, you're better off with 120. Hence why many of you are reporting drops down to 20 - 30 during battles when your machine has to work harder. There are some programs like D3D Overider that let you force Triple Buffering.
Secondly I get this stuttering problem but only when my frame rate exceeds the VSync cap. I experience this same problem with Skyrim. To fix it I used a program called DXTory to cap the applications maximum, frame rate through D3D but it is not stable and does not always work. I haven't tried this yet with Diablo 3 as I feel it's something that has to be addressed by either ATI or blizzard.
I think part of my problem is related to Crossfire as the two cards maybe having a timing sync problem. When I disable crossfire I don't experience any problems.
I have a i7 2600k @4.5gz and 2x ATI 6970 cards in Crossfire and am running the game off an SSD on a 1080p display.
Edited by sh0v0r#6641 on 22/05/2012 07:07 BST
So, when reading this thread, I am the only player that has solid vsynced 60 fps due to the capped fps. I guess it's a Radeon Crossfire thing then. I am currenly lv43 in Nightmare with about 32 hours in and since I capped, it has been smooth sailing. (This is not directed at the dual GPU setups by the way.)
And to a select few posters: I don't want to rub it in your face, but if you capped your fps, and still have low fps, you just have low fps.
Semi off topic, but here is some other stuff you can try for optimal play:
- Windows and D3 on SSD (see my original post).
- No unneeded background programs, tools, media servers when playing, etc.
- Disable Media Server Sharing if you don't use it*.
- Keep ALL hardware drivers up to date, and read forums and news about bad/good GPU drivers for certain games. I also do some testing myself before deciding which driver to use.
- Don't select settings your machine can't handle. If it can't run it, don't do it and then complain.
Edited by specular#2304 on 22/05/2012 21:22 BST
I made some videos, also edited the OP.
Please look at the top left.
No fps cap
Here you can see the framerate bounce around and this is with Vsynch on my 60Hz TV.
With fps cap
Same scene but now with MSI Afterburner cap.
85 Human Paladin
jezz this is not related to GFX CARDS FFS...
i tested with a ATI RADEON EAH4870x2 and a MSI NVIDIA Geforce 8800GTX on teh same PC..
(with latest drivers)
STUTTERING and HUGE FPS LOSS still happens!
Yeah my system should run this without dropping frames like it is. I have tried without crossfire enabled and I get pretty much the same results. If anybody thinks it would make a difference I would physically remove one of the cards just to see. I don't think it's a typical crossfire out of sync issue as earlier in the beta the problem didn't even exist. It was one of the last updates right before the release that brought it on. I was actually pretty amazed the beta was running so well on a system as unique as mine.
Regardless, the game is awesome and right now I can't even play as I'm out of town for work. It's driving me nuts! LOL.
Of course it's OUR problem that the game stutters... not the fact that the game itself is f u c k i n g broken!!! If they can't be bothered to make a game work FROM DAY ONE, they wouldn't bother making it better over time... They can go F U C K themselves!!!
It seems that the problem is not related to ATI/AMD video cards with CrossFire, is mostly the quad core users (or more than 2 cores users) that are complaining about this problem. I have this problem too, in the beginning when the game was like 2 days out, my game was running perfectly with no single FPS drops or a anything. Now whenever I play I got super slow motion, and the frames jumps like crazy, from 50 to 20 in like 3 seconds, and well, if I play with some friends the thing will get even worse, I can get like 5 frames per second in big fights with a lot of mobs. So please Blizzard I want, no WE want an answer about this problem! I want to play my game without a single problem, and I didn't pay a lot of money for this modern laptop to just play Diablo 3 in slow-mo! Damn even my friend with a crappy laptop can run the game better than me!
CPU: AMD A6 - 3420M 1.5GHz
AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB x AMD Radeon HD 6520G
Windows 7 Home Premium Updated
I have updated all my drivers again and again, my windows is updated until the last stupid patch and I've tried a lot of solutions, none of them work! I got every single of your games Blizzard! And I spend the rest of my salary on this so I won't be able to play!? Solve this or I want my money back!
I'm running a C2Q QX9300 @ 3.46GHz along with crossfire 4870m's (alienware M17x R1). My FPS seemed fine, but i was definitely noticing some hitching/stuttering that was starting to get on my nerves, even turning the settings down wouldn't fix it. Tried this fix, and now 99% of it is gone, even with settings cranked! Thank you very much!
edit: seriously. Im very anal about this kind of thing, and as trivial as it sounds, this has definitely improved my Diablo 3 experience. Now it stays locked at 60fps and stays silky smooth with no hitches/stutters.
Edited by ttnuagmada#1162 on 23/05/2012 09:52 BST
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