Cap your FPS for smoother gameplay
December 29, 2012 Leave a comment
I found out something pretty cool recently. Full credit for this to Derevka who tweeted this.
Addons fire at every screen redraw, so the higher your FPS, the more often your addons are called. This can be problematic where your graphics card is great but you have some buggy/poorly written addons running that are resource hogs. It leads to a processing lag/delay that is spiky and inconsistent. During raid encounters this can be particularly bad.
An easy fix is to cap your FPS at a rate you are comfortable with but which is not too high, this ensures that addons aren’t invoked unnecessarily often.
The command to do it is simple.
/console maxfps 45
Alternatively you can go into the game menu – system – advanced and use the max foreground fps slider. It is less precise since it won’t show you what exactly it is setting the value to.
For my PC, 45 – 60 work well. If your CPU is a little older, you might be better off with a lower value.
I hope this helps you, it has made my game play a lot smoother.