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980ti & "weak" WoW Performance

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I just upgraded from a 950 to a 980 ti. The old card was capable of running wow on 4K with about 50fps. Now running the game with the new card with 4K, I am getting pretty much the same performance.

Any idea what could be the reason? The card should be superior. Any reports I can send to understand where the performance issue lies? Or would this be normal considering the game and hardware?

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May be that your CPU isn't able to handle more, but if you run 10.11+ do you have the graphics API set to Metal? (System > Advanced)

If you're still using El Capitan, setting it to Metal can cause a lot of GPU crashes since patch 7.1.5. I heard it's fine on Sierra.
 
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May be that your CPU isn't able to handle more, but if you run 10.11+ do you have the graphics API set to Metal? (System > Advanced)

If you're still using El Capitan, setting it to Metal can cause a lot of GPU crashes since patch 7.1.5. I heard it's fine on Sierra.
That would be a shame, upgrading the CPU & motherboard (thus also memories) is an option, but I would prefer to avoid it.

I am running newest version of Sierra, and the API is set to metal.
 
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I'd also guess that WoW might be CPU limited in OS X. Is it running fine, e.g. does it enter all boost states?
Yes, power management is working, and I can reach the boost states. I would need to have a look at the CPU / GPU usage rates while playing to confirm. Is there any app that shows/tracks these infos?
 

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It's actually quite hard to confirm this, since it's usually just a single thread which is bottlenecking the overall performance. Since it's not bound to a single physical core, you often won't see it by observing the CPU load (per core).

I found it easier to do it the other way around: OC your CPU slightly (by e.g. 10%) and compare performance before and after. If you're CPU bound, the performance should increase almost linearly with CPU clock.
 
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Do you play a melee class? If so thats the cause because melee is cheating, and the FPS gods are punishing are you. Going to go sit my nerf'd warlock in a corner and continue to hide/cry.

Buuuuut on a serious note; that makes no sense. The 980 ti should obliterate your old 950. I've been pondering upgrading my 970 to a 980 ti hybrid as well and this has me worried..

Same settings in game as the old card?

Have you ran any benchmarks (heaven/valley) to see if performance in general is better vs the old card?
 
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I don't have a full 4k screen, but running mine off the system resolution (LG ultra wide, 3440x1440) on the regular medium settings netted me these scores...

Do you have CUDA installed as well?

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When I'm running wow, one step down from the highest settings, I get anywhere from 75 to a capped 100 FPS. There are certain occasions where I will drop to like 50 in some city areas.

Might play around with some of the video settings; I used to run maxed and get around 60-90 FPS, but to be honest I couldn't really tell much of a difference with some of the settings, so I clicked it down one level just to keep my GPU temps happy over those long "I forgot the time" gaming sessions.
 
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