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World of warcraft: Unlocking your “parked cpus”. Which cpu works best with wow, AMD or Intel?

Im trying to help out a good friend, and at the same time, trying to help those of you trying to squeeze every once of FPS you can out of the wow dated engine. Here is a compiled list of things you can try (at your own risk):

To start with, before delving to the matter concerning the graphics card, if your pc runs on a Windows Operating system and also you have an Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or any Intel quad core and dual core for instance (I am unsure if this applies the same for AMD) then you  will probably be shocked to discover that your processor just isn’t technically being employed to its fullest potential. In short, we will use the Core i7 in this example, the Core i7 is classified as a quad core, and with it comes “8 threads, ” which handle your computers work load. Well, by default the Windows Operating System disables several of these “Threads, ” which, lowers your processors performance substantially.

To re-enable these threads and boost your processor performance, follow these steps:

1- ) Open “Windows Task Manager”

2- ) Click on the “Performance” tab

3. ) Click on the button at the end right hand side labeled “Resource Monitor”

4. ) This may then open up still another window titled “Resource Monitor, ” And inside of this new window you will see many tabs. The tab that you want is “CPU. ”

5. ) Click the “CPU” tab

6. ) On the right hand side of you will see a listing of “green colored charts” with scrolling lines (they look like heart monitors). Well, it’s at this point that you want to scroll through this list and look for CPU’s that have the word “Parked” next to them. As an example: “CPU 0 – Parked” or “CPU 5 – Parked. ” For every CPU that you begin to see the word “parked” alongside means that, that “Thread” (or core, as some people call them) are disabled and never being used. This means that your processor is not trying to its fullest potential. Because lets face it, you payed money for a quad core, and also you want it working to its fullest potential constantly.

anyway, moving on to step 7.

7. ) What you want to do now is to “Un-park” these threads or “cores” so that they have been in use at all times. This provides you the best performance that your processor can throw at you.

8. ) To achieve this, simply open your Windows Start Menu and type in “Regedit” in the search bar, and click enter (For people running on Or windows 7, click the “Run” button and type it in there, followed by clicking enter).

9. ) Then, click on the “Edit” button at the kind of the Regedit window, and then click the “Find” button.

10. ) When the Find box pops up, copy and paste this to the search bar: 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583. After doing this, click on the “Find Next” button. The search usually takes 30 seconds to discover the correct information from your own registry, but when it will you will notice a box to the right hand side with a lot of information that may possibly or may perhaps not confuse you. Well have no fears, because there are only two items because list that you need to concern yourself with.

11. ) The very first is, “ValueMin. ” In the event that you double click the “ValueMin” name you need to ensure that its “Value Data” is set to 0. If it is perhaps not, simply backspace whatever is written there and type in 0, after which click “Ok. ”

12. ) The following is thing you’ll need to concern yourself with is, “ValueMax. ” In the event that you double click the “ValueMax” name you need to ensure that its “Value Data” is set to 0. If it is not, simply backspace whatever is written there and type in 0, after which click “Ok. ”

13. ) Once you have done this, you will have to click “Edit” again, and click “Find. ” Upon carrying this out, once again search the exact same text as before, 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583.

14. ) This will bring you to a different search result that’s pretty much identical since the one you changed previously (with steps 11 and 12). Again, with this new search result you simply need to concern yourself with “ValueMin” and “ValueMax, ” both of which need to be set to 0 (repeat steps 11 and 12).

15. ) Continue searching through the registry and changing the values of “ValueMin” and “ValueMax” for every single search result that the Regedit Find tool locates.

16. ) You will know when you’re done searching whenever you receive the message, “Finished searching through the registry. ”

17. ) After you have changed all the values to 0, simply close out of “Regedit” and restart your pc.

18. ) As soon as your computer boots straight back up, you will want to verify if you have successfully “Un-Parked” your threads or “cores. ” To achieve this, simply open “Windows Task Manager” again and click on the “Performance” tab. Once there, click the “Resource Monitor” and locate the “CPU” tab.

19. ) Click the “CPU” tab and again look at the list of “Green charts with scrolling lines” (that resemble heart monitors) and make sure that non-e of these have the word “Parked” next to them. Unless you see the word “Parked” then you know that you have successfully opened all your available threads or “cores” in your processor. (If you see the word parked still, then just repeat the above steps again to make sure you did perhaps not miss something).

By doing steps 1 – 19 you will have successfully opened your processor to operate at its fullest potential at all times.

As a result you should notice a positive change in the performance that you see in World of Warcraft.

Since I have discussed the matter concerning quad core and dual core processors, such as the Intel i3, i5, i7, I will also talk about helping you resolve the issue with your graphics card too.

In order to fix the issue of terrible “FPS” while in the warcraft, I recommend that you follow these steps.

1. ) Right click anywhere in your desktop and click “NVIDIA control panel. ”

2. ) From there locate the “3D Settings” expandable menu. (To expand it, click on the +).

3. ) Once expanded, click on the blue text titled “Manage 3D settings. ”

4. ) Once inside of “Manage 3D settings” you will see 2 tabs. One titled “Global Settings” and the other titled “Program Settings.

5. ) In the “Global Settings” tab, you will see many options as you are able to change in a listing below. The ones that you need to be concerned about are the following.

6. ) The very first is, “Power management mode. ” Yours, like mine was, might be set to “Adaptive. ” Well, it must be set to “Prefer Maximum Performance. ” To switch this setting simply click “Adaptive” after which change it to “Prefer Maximum Performance. ” After this click “Apply” at the bottom right hand side of the window.

7. ) The 2nd is, “Texture filtering – Trilinear optimization. ” If this really is set to “Off, ” simply change it to “On. ” After this click “Apply” at the bottom right hand side of the window.

Once you have changed these 2 world wide settings, you will need to change some settings especially for World of Warcraft. To do this, follow these next pair of steps.

1. ) Click on the “Program Settings” tab.

2. ) Click the drop down menu underneath “Select a program to customize. ” And click “World of Warcraft. (If “World of Warcraft” is not listed do not worry, as you can add it to the list manually). (To add “World of Warcraft” to the list just click the “Add” button, and navigate to your “World of Warcraft” folder. Upon doing so, find your “WoW. exe” icon and double click it. Do perhaps not add the “Launcher. exe”).

3. ) Once you have added “World of Warcraft” to the list, make sure that it’s selected on the list.

4. ) Once you have done this you will see a list of settings that you can customize directly for WoW.

5. ) There will be 5 settings that you will need certainly to concern yourself with. They will be down the page.

6. ) The very first is, “Power management mode. ” If you followed the steps that I have provided in regards to the “Global Settings” you’ll likely see your setting for this option listed as “Use world wide setting (Prefer maximum performance). ” You are able to technically keep this setting as is, but to ensure that my graphics card failed to juke me out of performance, I changed it to, “Prefer maximum performance. ” So that my graphics card knows that when I play WoW, I want it to run at its peak ability. I suggest you do the exact same, as it is not hurting anything. After you have set this, click “Apply” in the bottom right hand corner of the window.

7. ) The 2nd setting is, “Texture filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization. ” Yours, like mine was, is probably set to “Use global setting (Off). ” you will need to turn this “On. ” After you have set this, click “Apply” in the bottom right hand corner of the window.

8. ) The third setting is, “Texture filtering – Quality. ” Again, yours, like mine was, might be set to “Use global setting (Quality). ” you will want to turn this to “High Performance. ” Once you have set this, click “Apply” in the underside right hand corner of the window.

9. ) The fourth setting is, “Triple buffering. ” Again, yours might be set to “Use global setting (Off). ” You will want to turn this to “On. ” After you have set this, click “Apply” in the bottom right hand corner of the window.

10. ) The fifth and last setting is, “Vertical Sync. ” Yours might be set to “Use global setting (Use the 3D application setting). ” Even when you can technically keep this setting as is, I recommend changing it to, “Use the 3D application setting. ” To ensure that my graphics card knows that when I play WoW, I would like it to run at its peak ability. After you have set this, click “Apply” in the bottom right hand corner of the window.

Once you have done the five steps listed above, restart your pc. Once your computer is back up and running, open World of Warcraft. Once you are in the game, click “Esc” and go to “Options. ”

Make sure that “Vertical Sync” is enabled, in the game. After you have done this, click “Advanced” and make certain that “Triple buffering” is enabled as well.

And there you contain it! Following these steps should “Fix” your FPS dilemmas with “high end” Graphics cards or any Nvidia Graphics card for instance

As a side note, some people run World of Warcraft on “Direct X 9, ” even though their Graphics Card is capable of using “Direct X 11. ” The reason for this is, as a result of what I like to call “Micro lag” which occurs while getting around the game, roughly every 3 seconds your character appears to move backwards / pauses in place for a millisecond (And you’d think this wouldn’t be an issue, but once you notice it can there be… It will drive you mad. And Direct X 9 eliminates the problem). But that is a whole different topic of discussion.

I strongly urge you to download a free program called cpu core parking manager . They JUST released a beta on 2/20/14. The screen shot below shows the problem, where a cpu is running at less than 50% of its true speed (to conserve energy and lower heat).

CPU Core Parking Utility V2
I hope that this guide helped those who are struggling with low fps in wow. Good luck!

As a treat to my good friend Casey, I found this article on Toms Hardware , that takes every possible combination of video cards and cpus, to try and find out what works best with wow, and the results shocked me ;)

The whole article can be found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-directx-11-performance,2793.html

Heres a snippet:

 

And how about processors? After all, games are impacted most forcefully by the power of your GPU. WoW, it appears, bucks that trend to a large degree. Without question, we see the best performance on Intel CPUs with remarkable scaling from 100 FPS down to 60ish frames per second with a GeForce GTX 480 at 1680×1050 (Ultra quality) as you shed clock rate, cores, and cache. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: when it comes to gaming, balance is everything. Don’t buy a high-end graphics card if you’re using a mid-ranged processor; you’ll simply handicap the GPU, failing to realize its potential. In this case, an overclocked Core i5 serves up reasonable performance, but a Core i7 is undoubtedly the gold standard if you’re rocking a fancy graphics card.

Here is a TON of tips too: http://us.battle.net/wow/ en/forum/topic/6489881062

My good friend Casey is a big Razer fan, im sure he already knows about: http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster

 

Update: CONFIRMED WORKING ON MY AMD cpu! MY AMD 8 CORE WAS RUNNING AT 2.2GHZ , AND NOW RUNS AT THE FULL 4.0GHZ! yay!