Cougar, on 14 August 2016 - 08:21 AM, said:
Did you actually notice FPS increase? I don't play WoW but I'm looking forward to Metal support for Starcraft 2.
Well as I mentioned any comparisons would be tough, pretty impossible really in simple FPS terms because so much changed along with the Metal implementation as well as the DirectX implementation of the game. So there isn't really a valid baseline to compare to.
My sense without even playing around in the game much yet is that Metal probably has facilitated the implementation of more features while mitigating a performance hit for it as opposed to doing both that and increasing performance at the same time. In other words, my sense is that Metal in this instance brings quality improvements at roughly the same performance level which is still a nice win.
Please keep in mind though that is just my very unscientific view after a little informal testing out of the new release and a review of the many changes to the graphics options now available in the game.
People knock WoW for it's cartoon graphics and while certain aspects of the game do betray its age by and large I think it looks very good. The art direction is great. The world is colorful and interesting to explore. The NPCs are cool looking. The character models have been upgraded without drastic changes that players would not have wanted, myself included. A lot of graphical bells and whistles have been implemented to make the cartoons look better if you will. In particular I noticed improvements to spell effects right away the first time I killed something.
One could argue that WoW is not exactly a showcase for Metal from a visuals perspective and relative to another game going for a realistic looking world I'd have to agree (if we had one yet) but I'm of the opinion that a cartoon game is just fine. It's great in fact. I have a lot of fun there but I also use my head and don't do stupid grinds for virtual stuff that will reset next expansion if I don't feel like it. And when I tire of it, I take a break. So I don't burn out and come to hate it. This works for me not just with WoW but the other MMOs I bounce between.
Sorry, wandered way off on you there.
Short version: I don't know how we could assess any performance change in a game that just got so many graphical upgrades other than to say I am happy to have them without a detrimental change in performance. The game runs smoothly and looks good here. I am happy with it.
I am going to compare it to the DirectX 11 version I have installed in Windows 10 just informally to see what is different if anything much. I'll write a post on that somewhere when I get to it which will be soon.
Oh, and I will try to get some sort of FPS comparison but that'll need to be taken with a fair grain of salt all things considered I suspect. I will try to recreate a similar situation in both releases though and with close to same if not same settings and see what if any FPS differences there are doing that.