graphics wisbangery? umm, you mean poorly optimized code. the rig i built up, as described in other places, gets a higher framerate in (pick the latest game here) than wow. wow is not well optimized for multiple CPU cores, however, it doesn't max out 1 core on the phenom II@2.8. the 4870 1 gig gpu stomps face though. in azeroth, settings maxed with v sinc off, i was seeing framerates over 250. I turn off the shading, because it looks like crap. mind you, im playing completely maxed, minus shading. @1280x1024 resolution. in the resolution section everything is maxxed, including 8x filtering in the colors bar.
in raid, on a boss fight with heavy aoe, it drops down to about 20-25 fps. (which is where my old system was in bc). Im going to try raiding with questhelper, to see the performance impact.
for a game that doesn't have HDR lighting, 16xAA and 16x AF, 20-25 fps in the most demanding situations, is pathetic imo, considering the hardware. i'll boot up ANY game on the market today, same win xp pro, same dx 9.0c and @1280x1024 40+ frames would be the norm.
for people who say wow isn't a demanding game, have never stepped into a raid, or been to dalaran (30 fps), or much less played the game with wotlk. on the old rig, i was getting about 10 fps, with everything turned to minimum, except the spell detail was at 50%.
in a raid, fps isn't as important as consistancy. if it stays at 10 fps, it is more playable than a system that fluctruates between 20 and 5 fps.
a side note, other than being poorly optimized code, i think that there may be a latency induced fps lag. if you are using an onboard network connection, as most people do, it requres cpu load to process the network traffic. coupled with windows, and the way that windows is optimized to do networking, (not the same type of network traffic that gaming likes) stepping into a dalaran, or 25 man hurts performance. I am interested to try one of the killer NIC cards to see how it helps wow. 3 months ago you could grab one for 100 bucks, now they are closer to 200 (rip off). from what i've seen they were designed mainly for wow, and help wow amazingly, on any system.
when i find 100 bucks on the side of the road, i'll inform you guys on how that works.
however, with a quad core cpu, network traffic cpu overhead isn't the issue. (even with a dual core cpu it shouldn't be an issue)
moral of that rant, blizzard really needs to optimize their code imo. that imo, is the one downfall of letting users do whatever they want to the ui, is it is not cpu optimized, idk how efficient lua is, nor any code for that matter.
There is more to life than pew pew you know, like staying out of the fire so you can live to pew pew another day