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I've been lagging way too much and I thought my specs would deal with the heat. It makes group play or walking through a town unbearable. Any tips or tricks?
Intel i7-2720 @ 2.20 GHz
Nvidia 540m 2 GB
8 GB RAM
Nvidia has a guide right here: http://www.geforce.com//whats-new/guides/neverwinter-graphics-and-performance-guide#1
The guide takes you through nearly every graphic setting, explores the performance benefit and cost with a framerate graph and then summarizes each setting with a suggestion. Many of the settings have a screenshot example of two contrasting settings as an example. It is a great guide and really helped me get the most out of the game.
My system is pretty old and mediocre at best: i7/920 @ 2.6, 9GB tri-channel, GTX-260/1.8GB, and a mediocre 256GB SSD. I run the game on 23" monitor at 1920x1080.
I kept the game open to the guide and tweaked the settings 1 by 1. If you run the client at full screen you'll have to open the settings every time you alt-tab out to the browser to review the next setting. If you run in windowed mode you can move to your browser while still keeping the settings window open. This guide really helped me.