This is exactly what I see. Have tried a few of the non moving mpq fixes and nothing seems to work. Borrowing a usb 2.0 flash drive from a buddy today and going to try the linking folders fix.
I get bad screen tearing so I have to set vsync in game, and I sit at 59-60 fps at most times, until someone is about to talk or I cast a new spell / etc. I thought it was lag for the first week or so until I was in town running circles and noticed it happened eveyr exactly before companion/towns people spoke. If I run around in a certain area for long enough, the stutter does seem to lessen, until my companion speaks.
It really has to be something to do with the on demand asset loading. Nothing else makes sense honestly. I really don't think any amount of tweaking gpu settings is going to fix my issue, as I get the straight stutter, the 8-10 seconds between stutters performance is fine.
WTB button to turn on loading screens. I like the idea that getting into levels/dungeons etc is instant, but I would take a loading screen over the stutter any day.
Like others, I play plenty of modern games at mid-high settings, and have no serious issues. I get fps drops when things get crazy, but I don't expect perfect performance with my rig being a bit older.
Thanks for all your work on this guys, hopefully support is keeping quiet while working on a fix and just not being open about the issue. I love the game, so much fun, but the stutter takes me out of the game and back to reality.
Specs in case it matters:
win 7 64 bit
phenon ii x4 955 be
4gb ddr3 1600
10k raptor drive