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[Guide] Improving your Computer Performance and FPS



Credit goes to Sarayu over at the Elsword forums. Great guide. Was going to do something similar since I get asked for tips all the time but this is a great and handy guide to improving your computer's performance or even taking it a step further.
Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability: Any and all tips below are only provided based on testing I have thoroughly done myself across multiple games and platforms and deem safe. Any modifications and/or procedures you follow as a result of this guide is of your own discretion and liability. I therefore do not take responsibility for what happens to your computer as a result of this guide.

Across multiple MMOs I have played and over the years I have played them, I've managed to gather some tips and tricks that I've always used to speed up my computer. All information provided below has been tested by me and I guarantee safety to your computer in regards to these tips and modifications. Now, some of these tip might be common knowledge and I am well aware of that, but doesn't mean the next player is. That said, this guide is for all players out there, which could even apply to those who play outside Elsword as these are just general tips not regarding Elsword specifically. So, I hope you enjoy this guide and I hope it brings as much success to your FPS increase and computer performance increase as it has for me!

Table of Contents:

  1. Command Prompt Modifications
  2. Adjusting Appearance Settings
  3. Changing Current Power Plan
  4. Turning off Search Indexing
  5. Uninstalling Unnecessary Applications
  6. Updating your Computer's Drivers
  7. Cleaning up your Hard Drive
  8. Fragmentation and Organization of your Hard Drive
  9. Other Miscellaneous Tips
Command Prompt Modifications:
This section provides steps to modify settings in your command prompt to raise the ceiling of how much your network device will process, allowing for more data into your computer at once, stacking that data at one time into your game and thus dropping the amount of time it takes to load data per second.
  1. Press and open your Start Menu
  2. In the Search function, type "cmd" but do not press Enter. A field should populate with an option for the application.
  3. Right-click it and select "Run as Administrator". A screen will pop up.
  4. Type "cd/" then hit Enter.
  5. Type "netsh int tcp show global" then hit Enter.
  6. Type "netsh int tcp set global chimney=enabled" then hit Enter.
  7. Type "netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal" then hit Enter.
  8. Type "netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp" then hit Enter.
  9. Type "netsh int tcp show global" then hit Enter. It's the same step as step #5 but will let you see what you changed.

    NOTE: Some users have found out that this step may decrease your FPS rate while others have found it beneficial. If you, by any reason, find this step not working for you, simply copy and paste the following line in the command prompt then press Enter:

    netsh interface tcp set global autotuningl=normal
Adjusting Appearance Settings:
This step involves changing your account's appearance settings to increase performance for other computer processes. As it takes computer resources to provide certain appearance features such as themes and appearance animations, doing this step will remove all of your desktop's appearance settings but will dramatically open up those resources to be put into other applications.
  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Right-click "Computer" and select "Properties".
  3. On the left side of the window that pops up, select "System Properties".
  4. Make sure you're under the "Advanced" tab for the window that pops up now. Select "Settings" underneath the "Performance" section of this tab. Another window will pop up.
  5. On this window, you have an option to "Adjust for Best Performance", "Adjust for Best Appearance", or "Let Windows Choose What is Best for my Computer". Select "Adjust for Best Performance" which will disable all appearance features for your account. Alternatively, you may individually select features you don't want in the field listing below these options. However, I recommend disabling them all for maximum performance.
  6. Select the "Advanced" tab and under "Processor Scheduling", make sure that "Programs" is selected.
  7. Under the "Virtual Memory" section press "Change". A window will pop up.
  8. On the bottom of this window it should say "Recommended" and a certain amount. Under that it will say "Currently Allocated" and a number next to that.
  9. Select "Custom Size" and type in the initial size as your recommended amount.
  10. On "Maximum size" type a number about 1.5 - 2 times more then your recommended amount. (1 Gb = 1024 Mb)
  11. Press "OK" then press "OK" again. Then press "OK" again.

    Below is a short video tutorial on how to change the virtual memory on your computer since some users were having issues with doing so.

Changing Current Power Plan:
This step goes into detail about adjusting your current power plan for maximum performance. Note for laptops: this will shorten battery life if left enabled over long duration of time so make sure to switch your power plan back to "Balanced" or "Power Saver" before finishing using your computer.
  1. In the lower right-hand corner of your task bar, in the system tray, you should see your battery icon. Right-click it and select "Power Options".
  2. From this screen that pops up, select "High Performance" of which will allocate all system resources to full processing power, making the computer run significantly faster.
  3. Use previous method to also change back power plan as needed

Turning off Search Indexing:
Search Indexing is a feature within Windows that speeds up searching for results used via the Search function, which has been known to cause slowdowns to the computer if left on. These steps tell you how tot turn it off.
Note: Window's Search function will still work if you perform these steps, but it will work more slowly than if indexing was enabled.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click on "Computer".
  3. Right click on "C:" and select "Properties".
  4. Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads "Allow Indexing Service to..." in the new window that appears.
  5. Click "OK", and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take a few minutes to complete.
  6. Click the Start button again and click "Run".
  7. Type "Services" and press Enter.
  8. Scroll-down to "Indexing Service" and double-click it in the new window that appeared.
  9. If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing the "Stop" button.
  10. To make sure this service doesn't run again, under "Startup Type:", choose "Disabled."


Uninstalling Unnecessary Applications
These steps show you how to uninstall and remove unnecessary applications and programs from your computer that you don't use anymore and that are just taking up space. Removing these applications will free up more storage and other resources to allocate elsewhere.
  1. Click the Start button and click on "Control Panel".
  2. Under the "Programs" section, select "Uninstall a program".
  3. A list in this window will take a second to load. When it is completed, it will show you a list of all programs on your computer. To uninstall a certain program, select it and click the button above this list that says "Uninstall/Change". Note: Be careful with what programs you decide to uninstall as many programs listed here are essential to the system processes and must remain installed. If you have any questions whether a certain program should remain on your computer or not, please post your questions here or feel free to PM me here as well.
  4. A new screen will pop up. Depending on the application being uninstalled, it could be a wizard or a simple progress bar. If prompted by these windows, click buttons necessary to continue with the uninstallation procedures. After the progress is completed, the application will be uninstalled and removed from the list of installed programs.
Updating your Computer's Drivers:
This step shows yous how to update your computer's drivers which are necessary to have your computer run at maximum performance.
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties" from the drop-down box that comes up.
  3. Click on the "Hardware" tab and then select "Device Manager".
  4. Select the type of device you would like to find an updated driver for by navigating the +'s and -'s to locate the correct device in this tree.
  5. Right click on the specific device you want to update drivers for on your computer. Select "Update Driver" from the drop-down menu. This opens the Hardware Update Wizard.
  6. Select the button next to "Yes, this time only" to allow the wizard to connect to the Internet and search for an updated driver for your device. Click "Next".
  7. Leave the selection set on "Install the software automatically" (If this is not selected, switch the selection to it). Click "Next." The wizard will now search for new drivers and install them automatically if it finds any. If your device is up to date, it will tell you it was unable to find a better driver for your device.
  8. Click "Finish." Repeat as necessary to update all drivers on your computer.
Cleaning up your Hard Drive:
This step is just general maintenance you should regularly perform to keep your computer running in top shape no matter what you are doing with it. It will clean out all useless and built-up files in your computer that is only taking up room and ultimately slowing down your computer.
  1. Click on the Start menu and type "disk cleanup" in the Search function and press Enter.
  2. In the window that pops up, make sure in the drop-down box, it reads "( C: )". Click "OK". This window will go through a process of checking your computer.
  3. Once finished going through aforementioned process, a screen will appear detailing in a field potential items Windows suggest permanently removing from your computer. Underneath said field, select "Clean System Files". It will run the process once more.
  4. Once it is finished, the previous screen will appear once more. Select all check boxes for all items to be cleared. Don't worry about deleting anything important as these are items Windows identifies as useless clutter and needs to be removed.
  5. Click "OK". It should go through a process of deleting these files.
A software known as CCleaner is recommended in that it automatically does the aforementioned steps as well as cleans registry errors and other much-needed maintenance procedures that is easier to use. For more information please follow this link: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Fragmentation and Organization of your Hard Drive:
This step is, like the Disk Cleanup system tool, also a recommended step to perform regularly to ensure proper system health and stability as files can get fragmented on your hard drive, taking longer for your computer to access such data, increasing load times. Performing this step will organize those fragments of data on your hard drive into one place your computer can access, decreasing overall load times.
  1. Click the Start Button and type in the Search function "disk defrag" and press Enter.
  2. In the new window that appears, it will list storage devices currently in use by your computer with a numbered percentage next to it. The higher the percentage, the more fragmented that storage device is. Select the "( C: )" field and then press "Analyze Disk". A process will occur.
  3. Once the process is finished, select the "( C: )" field once more then click "Defragment Disk". A process will occur again. Note that this process will take from a matter of minutes to a couple of hours depending on how fragmented your hard drive is. Let it fully complete this process and do not use your computer while it does.
Other Miscellaneous Tips:

  • Make sure to keep your anti-virus software up to date and scanning regularly to prevent viruses, spyware, malware, and adware from entering your computer, slowing it down or possibly even ruining it.
  • Game Booster is also a great application for shutting down background processes during gaming sessions that frees up computer resources to allocate to the game itself. One feature I especially like about this software is the FPS benchmark which informs you of real-time FPS in-game without having to pull up a separate menu or application. You may find out more information about Game Booster here: http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html
  • You may also want to access your network router's administration control panel to enable DMZ Hosting for your computer in which will allow maximum traffic access to your computer, decreasing in-game latency-related issues. You may find instructions on how to do so via your router manufacturer's website.
I DO NOT recommend over-clocking your CPU and processors on lower-end computers. I have done this once before and it destroyed my laptop to where it cost me $200 to get repaired. If you ask me how to do it on lower-end computers, I will demand you don't as it fries your motherboard. Overclocking, in particular, can make your computer hotter and not exhaust well, meaning more cleaning of the interior of it would be required. It also has been known to cause system issues with the software and internal issue with damaging hardware.

It is also never recommended that overclocking be used on laptops as they are much more difficult to repair and maintain than an overclocked desktop.

Essentially, the bad far outweighs the good when considering overclocking your lower-end computer which could amass lofty repair bills to repair incorrectly overclocked systems. Therefore, only higher-end computers should even be attempted to overclock their GPU/CPU.

  • I also don't advise modifying your registry on your computer unless you know what you're doing as one mistake could ruin your computer's operating system. I could instruct how to do editing in your registry but felt it unnecessary considering how each and every one of you have certain preferences that could be removed or altered by the registry editor and thus can't provide concrete instructions to satisfy everyone's needs. If you would like learn how to edit your registry to modify start up programs, please feel free to PM me here.
  • If you're able to access you graphics card settings, make sure your 3D options are all optimized for performance instead of quality which is drastically improve your performance allocations in your graphics card and in turn raise the FPS in-game. I would provide specific instructions on how to do this, but considering each computer's graphics options will be different as well as changing these settings based on what kind of drivers and cards each certain player has, providing specified instructions to everyone is difficult. So, broader instructions are then necessary.
  • Remember, higher graphics settings is not always better depending on what system you run Elsword on and sometimes even the lowest settings can not give as much as an FPS boost as a correctly optimized the graphics settings via this method. Also, in order to increase FPS, try checking the VSync and Dynamic Camera Options in the settings off. Same with disabling the white flashes to increase FPS.


Other Miscellaneous Tips (Cont.):

  • Play on a wired LAN connection if possible. I recently tested my FPS comparing wired LAN connections versus WiFi (wireless) connections and, with a LAN connection, I was receiving 5~8 more FPS. If you would like to see how your internet download and upload speed tests comparing two connection types, please visit www.speedtest.net for useful tools to do this.

Thank you all so very much for reading my guide and I do hope it helps everyone having issues with FPS and performance-related issues inside Elsword. I also want to thank Kill3rCombo for this fantastic game. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions and feedback, please feel free to post it here or by PMing me. If any information needs to be updated/changed, I will make it a habit to do so here.

Thanks again~!