Edited by: Sudoqazi on 15/05/2011 12:14:18
HI there, I have been running EVE for several months now on an iMac 27" i5 2.8GHz 4GB RAM with ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB graphics card running OS X 10.6.7 and all updates applied, and after playing for a couple of hours I start to get pauses in the frame rate, every second, on the second. I recently installed an additional 4GB RAM so now I have 8GB RAM. This hasn't improved what I am seeing.
I have uploaded some screen captures of the in-game frame rate graph (accessed via CTRL+F) at http://www.bokeh.net.au/images/fps.png
so that you can see what I mean. Please note that the 'dips' in the graph start out subtle and gradually over time, get deeper and deeper until you see what I have here, then continue to get progressively worse until the entire frame rate drops down to below 20fps. Restarting the client makes the problem go away, until another couple of hours pass then the dips/pauses start again.
Would be interested to know if anyone else has this problem on an iMac 27". For me, the problem isn't specific to this machine. My older 2008 MacBook Pro did exactly the same thing, though it's starting frame rate was appreciably lower at about 30fps at most.
I have also prepared some screen grabs of the monitor as well at http://www.bokeh.net.au/images/monitor.png
(scroll down the image to see the Memory and Performance tabs.The dips in the Memory tab are while I was docked. Also note the gradual decline in the frame rate (red line) in the Performance graph.
Graphics settings can be seen in http://www.bokeh.net.au/images/settings.png
I have these set somewhat low to help increase performance, and have tried setting everything to minimum/off and also to maximum/on, but see the same issue regardless.
Finally, I have tried playing the game entirely by itself with no another applications running, TIme Machine disabled, etc, and again this makes no difference. My gut feeling is that the Cider client is reaching some internal limit, but I would expect everyone to have the same problem in that case. I have also tried at times, completely removing EVE.app and downloading/installing a fresh copy, again, no difference.
Would anyone out there have any ideas what is going on here? Would love to hear from you :)