As someone who has already spent 180+ hours having fun in the game, I welcomed the “bechmark” mode and the supposed performance improvements of the last weeks.
After the DLC launched, I’ve returned to the game (after a few weeks of hiatus), only to find that my otherwise almost-stable 60 FPS @ FHD, High Preset is now 30-ish during hordes OR in cases there’s anything even remotely resembling a flame on the screen. I’ve tried switching to Medium and restarting the game, but it was even slower (and let’s be honest, High looks awesome compared to Medium, this is one good looking game).
I’ve also tried using the benchmark tool to troubleshoot the problematic settings, to find the sweet-spot again, but the darned thing is stuck in 60FPS mode, with a minimum of 59. With the same settings with which I get terrible FPS drops mid-game.
My config is:
CPU: Intel i5-4690K @ 4.3 GHz (I know, it’s a bit on the old side of things)
RAM: 16 GB DDR3@1866 MHz
GPU: AMD RX 470 4GB (Sapphire Nitro+ OC version)
And the game is on an SSD ofc.
What should I turn down in the settings in order to improve performance? I distinctly remember getting very nice framerates during even as early as the technical beta 3. Then something happened with flames & particle effects, and it all went downhill for me from then.