StarCraft® II

1.5.3 patch framerate drop

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Ever since the 1.5.3 patch came out, my framerate has became unusable.
Since 1.5.0, my fps has gone down slowly, but up to and including 1.5.2, it was still playable. At 1.5.3, things became totally unplayable, in the range of 0fps when the game gets long. Updated graphics drivers and still didn't help. Tried all of the variable tricks and didn't help.
There was a correlation between gaining temporarily some performance by removing the programdata cache for SC2 and battle.net. But that increase was only temporary, basically running it right after removing the cache, that instance was ok. Subsequent runs was bad.

My system:
Core i7 940
AMD 5750 GPU
12 GB ram
SSD hard drive
Windows 7 x64

dxdiag report:

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System Information
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Time of this report: 10/1/2012, 19:30:52
Machine name: ****
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7522
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 940 @ 2.93GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 12288MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 12280MB RAM
Page File: 2558MB used, 21998MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Display Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Theres more to the dxdiag, but I figure the stuff above is most relevant, and plus this forum prevents me from putting a larger post (over 5k characters, and makes me wait a minute between each post, so I just gave up)
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same is happening to me since patch 1.5, this is lame.

still no real answer, im tired of posting my dxdiag, its all bs.

blizzard do something to fix this or give my money back cos i cant play the game anymore.
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I should also note that before the 1.5 patch, and even before the 1.5.3 patch, I was playing at extreme setting. After the 1.5.3 patch, I cant even get decent framerate on lowest settings.
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yeah, its pretty terrible.

i dont know, i dont understand blizzard, it seems they dont care.
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Greetings Ballistic and Spirit,

Can you advise if you are running any other applications at the same time (ie, web browsers, music players, Ventrillo)? Are you running in Windowed or Fullscreen mode?

Thanks,
Kelphe
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Kelphe

I too (as you've already responded in my other thread) have this issue but I don't have any other programs running in my background aside from Dell Dock/Dell Stage.

Full Screen.
Edited by Hunter on 10/3/2012 9:00 PM PDT
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i always have firefox open and i play fullscreen, all the same way before patch 1.5

i dont think this has anything to do with the fps drop.

its easy, before patch 1.5 everything was perfect, after patch 1.5 many people are having problems with this and many other things.

i dont get why is that hard to fix.
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Full screen mode, and no other applications. I used to be able to run video on a second monitor with extreme settings with no problems. With this new patch, lowest setting with no other programs still cause it to drop to 0fps.
I agree with spirit, nothing changed in our system from 1.5.2 to 1.5.3, but the 1.5.3 patch caused a 90% fps drop. Thats nothing to sneeze at. That is a BUG.
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So im trying to figure out whats the bottle neck in this fps issue. Guess what, my cpu never goes over 30%, and GPU never goes over 26% even though the fps at the time was in the teens. So its telling me my hardware is starved of stuff to process. So SC2 is having some software bottleneck going on, not able to supply enough stuff to process. Please fix this.
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someone talked about this in another thread and said we have to put "processAffinityMask=" in the variable folder.

you have to put a number that depends on how many cores you have, but it didnt work for me.
Edited by Spirit on 10/6/2012 8:43 AM PDT
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Same issue,

Having things running in the background changes nothing. my system was fine before 1.5

300 fps in 4v4s and now i'm lucky if I get 30.
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the processaffinitymask trick was tried, and it did not work. The processors were being taxed at least partially in 4 of the cores, and the other 4 cores had very little usage. This might be the affinity mask, or might be their thread usage. Either way, it means its taking advantage of at least 4 cores, but not 4 others. I've tried different masks to use all cores, or just the non hyperthreaded cores, but both had no difference. Its not the mask thats the limit. Its their graphics efficiency.
The cpu can take whatever sc throws at it right now, the gpu can also take it. However, since the gpu is using 0 to 26% processing power, it means their code is not efficiently sending stuff to the gpu for processing.
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has any blue here commented on this?
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I just tried to drop my setting from max to lowest and it made zero difference... my fps is still sitting the same at ~45 in 1v1s.

Im on a gtx680 and i7 2600k... how is this happening?
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i am always at 58 fps when before the patch i was at 128 fps average. no other programs running
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what happens to me is different.

i start the game with 140 fps, but its pretty unstable, it goes to 100, then 70, then 40, and bum, it goes to 0, then 90 again, the 40, then 0 again, all the game like this.
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