Okay i just tried playing again and it is not as hideous as i described. I finished all the showcases with a playable framerate, but some optimisation will be nice, since trees do kind of slow the game down, this topic is no longer as important to me.
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 *4049 MB memory* (Most recent drivers, tried on previous drivers too)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz (8CPU's), ~3,4 GHz
RAM: 8.2 GB (8192 MB RAM)
Space: 1.5 Terrabite 800GB free
*Monitor is not the problem, i can play many games on 60fps+*
Alright. So you can tell from the title that my framerate is complete TRASH even with a good rig.
- The processor is VERY good, beats the recommended specs by a lot
- RAM is more than enough
- Free space is no problem
- Graphics card is the one recommended by the devs.
*Recommended specs written by developers, copied from steam.*
-OS:Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1
-Processor:Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
-Memory:4 GB RAM
-Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
-Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
Okay so now you can see that everything i have is better than the recommended settings. Only my video card is the exact same as the recommended. RECOMMENDED, keep that in mind! It's not minimum so i should at least be able to play on the lowest settings with a good framerate.
Here's how bad it is; I spawn a littlebird or just on foot in the editor airport, i fly around on a variety of settings and EVEN on the very lowest settings, where everything looks like a polygon if it's 50m away from you. Even then my framerate keeps shapeshifting from 5 to 20. I know Arma is a game that doesn't go near 60fps, but trust me it's unplayable.
Also in the infantry scenario showcase, it takes half a second for me to aim down my sights and there's a very annoying delay in aiming around due to bad FPS. All this has been tried on many different settings, even on the lowest possible with the ingame menu settings.
In short: player's specs beat and/or match recommended specs, yet player has ridiculous framerate lag even when only running around town on his own.