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No. As long as you keep pressing the buttons, the game will just go on and you will attack your enemy.
FPS is just a measurement of how fast/good your image will be projected on your screen.
Well... If your FPS is like 10, it probably would affect your DPS because you won't see what you're doing ;)
E.g. I was in a battleground and my FPS dropped to 6. Well, I was pressing all kind of buttons (the attack one :p) but when my FPS stabilized I was dead...
Useful thing to know: the human brain sees/processes only 60 FPS ;)
Edited by Khárzak on 28/12/2011 22:13 GMT
Depends on why your FPS is low.
Generally, yes. Can be marginal, and can be a great impact.
If the game as a whole slows down - happened to me once because of a background application - then it may also increase your latency (mine was going up from 50 to 1000ms). Not because it ruined internet connection :) but because somehow it took so much for the game to process things.
Well, no, that's your screen :P
Actualy, quoting from wikipedia:
The human eye and its brain interface, the human visual system, can process 10 to 12 separate images per second, perceiving them individually
considering that that's a single eye and we recive synced datas from both, I'd say that humans can't see the frame rate drop 'till 20-24 fps
In TBC, I was playing Warlock, so shadow bolt shadow bolt shadow bolt all the way, and when I upgraded my PC from one with 3-5fps to one with 20+ on most fights, my DPS increased by around 15-20%. It surely does affect it, I guess how much depends on your class and spec.
As a healer you obviously lose time too if your FPS sucks. When I was doing Anub'arak in Trial of the Crusade on a !@#$ty computer, I had trouble reacting to the whatever icy debuffs they were, simply because my 2-3fps made my spells actually start casting like 0,5sec-1sec after pressing the button, meaning my heals landed after it had already ticked. After zooming all the way in, only seeing the ground, I had no problems healing people in time.
FPS affects dps. It does not allow you to properly time your dots, your nukes and long run you will run some casts short. Yes, my warlock can do quite good dps, but as I always have FPS and ms issues, then on periods I have better fps, my dps gain is notably higher. In fact FPS affects my damage done so much that, at days I have fps problems, I change character to play i.e. balance, who suffers much less from fps problems than warlock.
As a game developer I can tell you very low fps will affect your dps for the simple reason is when you hit a button the skill is activated on the next frame so normally your frames are so fast you don't notice this lag at all but if the fps was fairly low it would take alot longer for your skills to activate thus lower dps.
5fps is 5 frames a second which means it'll take 1/5th of a second to activate a skill
if you were running at a good 40fps it would be 1/40th of a second a much smaller time thus faster.
The difference is small in real time but it does add up
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