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The game is absolutely slow. I am getting around 8fps on Normal settings and when I set everything at its absolute low I barely break 9fps. Anyway i can improve the performance of the game with just a minimum upgrade on my system?

These are my specs:
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT
RAM: 4Gb
Processor: Petium Dual-core 3.20GHz


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I tried attempting to configurate the files to see if there will be any difference and also changing the settings in-game, but not much changes.
These are the files i configured:

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nightglidecx set Category to Performance.
nightglidecx set Reproducibility to Always.
nightglidecx set Severity to None.
nightglidecx set Resolution to Fixed.
nightglidecx set Legacy ID to 389449663.May 8 2016, 6:27 PM
Bohemia added a subscriber: Bohemia.May 8 2016, 6:27 PM

I think your system is quiet too slow for this game.

Try to reduce your resolution! 12xx-xxx.

Even with an i3 2nd generation you can not break 15 FPS.

Yea, your PC isnt the best, i have an FX 6300, MSI HD 7770, 8GB RAM, and in Berezino or bigger cities i get about 20 fps. It sounds that its a lot better than 9 fps, but believe me, its not, for me under 30-45 fps is unplayable. But in the woods i get 60+. Both the CPU and GPU is the problem, not just one component. So if you want to play this game "smoothly" i advise you to get a better PC, Intel and Nvidia components are my advice.

"for me under 30-45 is unplayable"
Why it's "unplayable" ? The human eye needs about 25 frames per second for its not laggy. everything under 25 is laggy for us.
and "for me under 30-45 is unplayable".. this is just a stupid shit.

"intel and nvidia"
This was very long time like this. But I have a Intel CPU and a ATI graphics card and I play with 45 frames or more. If you have an Intel CPU you need a Nvidia card, this is also stupid to say.

FENS added a subscriber: FENS.May 8 2016, 6:27 PM
FENS added a comment.Jun 2 2014, 6:40 PM

Your pc as everyone else, doesn't run well arma/dayz because his One-Core love but you might not notice much in this aspect because your 3.2ghz are in two cores, i have 3.5ghz in 8 cores so arma/dayz run so bad in this type of CPU

shadow distance 250? turn that to 50-100, and shadows ingame to very low.
view distance turn it at least at 2000. I have it at 1800m.
Do more research before posting here, there is lot of tweaks in google.

(-winxp launch parameter doesn't work anymore for me, that parameter really gave me 10 fps inside towns)

Under Windows 7+ it's very bad to use the -winxp-parameter.

Why? If you switch to your desktop while DayZ is running or if there is another application which switches to your desktop, DayZ will crash.

Bad choice of words, not unplayable, not enjoyable. And there are people that dont know Intel, Nvidia, just saying. And also Real Virtuality engine is badly optimized and very hard to run, so yea, you dont need to attack me for saying Intel, Nvidia. And besides, i can bet that you dont know what AMD cards are for. :P

You can bet nothing.

Cards like ours, from AMD or Nvidia, are for playing games. Some Nvidias are for editing video files FOR EXAMPLE. So let's come back to topic:

the game is extremely bad optimized - this is fact.

Yea, you are right, we drifted from topic a lot. XD The game is badly optimized and yea, its not just the devs problem, its the engine problem too, and much more factors including.

Absolutely. The game needs to be optimized very very soon. Otherwise the game will win many money, but lose more players.

Yea, and since they have now double the devs than planned so the progress will be faster. And they already have sold more than 2.000.000 copies of the game, but they mustnt rush this. They have to do one big problem at a time. And other departments work on minor bugs, i have really high hopes for this game. Also cant wait to implement the "epoch" things in it, such as building barricades and bases.

Can i please get an upvote so the DayZ support devs can take a look at my Issue. Steam Support requires DayZ support's responde to this issue so they could investigate my case with them.

R834 added a subscriber: R834.May 8 2016, 6:27 PM
R834 added a comment.Jun 4 2014, 8:34 PM


Can you upload a dxdiag report?


I have uploaded the dxdiag report, thanks for prompt response.

I run this game on an older Laptop and got 30-60 FPS. I changed resolution from 1600x900 to 1366x768

I was running at a lower resolution than 1366x768 when i was getting 9 Fps. So it definitely my specs are the problem. Im currently waiting for R834 to see what hes got to say about my dxdiag report.

Disabling shadows completely (or setting it UNDER 100!) and setting "Objects" to very low can help a lot.

I have also tried it but it did not help at all. Everything felt like in slow motion.

Can you test your FPS with a software like Fraps?

I don't know why but I think you have an other problem. Test with fraps please if your FPS are the same in a town and in the woods.

If yes, it's not a game problem.

yep thats exactly what i used to test my FPS. I did a research before and found out that most poeple use fraps. please give this post an upvote so a mod will reply.


As the other reporters suggested, it does look like your pc is at the lower end of the scale. Compared with the minimum specs for DayZ, the bottleneck in regards to your framerate seems to be the hardware (also coupled with the game not being optimized yet):

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1
  • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible