Inquisition Update

Considering I was pretty down on Dragon Age: Inquisition at first, I feel like it is only fair to state how I have been pretty obsessively playing it for the last week or so. By the time this post goes Live, I will likely have past the 40 hour mark. There are some rather annoying design decisions that will be examined in my final review, but for the most part I am very pleased. The plot has picked up significantly, and I am enjoying my time – this is what I remembered being good about Dragon Age: Origins.

Also this:

I don't actually like dragons, conceptually. Dragon Age's are alright.

I don’t actually like dragons, conceptually; Dragon Age’s are okay.

In the off-chance you were wondering about how I handled the FPS thing, the short version is I overclocked my i5 2500K processor from the stock 3.3Ghz to 4.2Ghz. It’s actually pretty goofy that I never even tried to do that before, as bumping it from 3.3 to 4.0 appears to be the safest thing in the world; it is only past 4.2 or so that you might need to mess with voltages.

The process I followed was updating BIOS, booting BIOS, clicking Advanced tab, clicking AI tab, clicking manual, and then typing 40 (later 42) and saving. That’s it. My rig was custom built with water cooling already installed, so heat was not that big a deal. I mean, it went from the usual ~30°C to ~60°C under load, but that’s well within acceptable temperatures.

I later tried to overclock my 560ti graphics card using some values I saw on the internet, but after my computer crashed to desktop, I figured the 5-8 FPS I got from the processor overclock was enough. Well, that and I downgraded everything to Medium settings… which is likely where the bulk of my gains were realized. I have since increased Meshes back to High despite the 10 FPS hit for the sake of Scout Harding’s cute freckles. And Varric’s chest hair.

You can [innuendo] me, any time.

You can [innuendo] me any time, Scout Harding.

Hey, don’t knock it till you play it.

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Posted on January 14, 2015, in Impressions, Miscellany and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yea I have to admit I thought I was on all high settings when I commented on your other DA post but there were a couple things on medium when I went back and checked. Some options were on ultra too though so it’s hard to classify my custom settings as medium or high. I just let the nvidia GeForce experience program optimize the settings for me.

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  2. Inquisition seems to be CPU-bound more than GPU-bound. I’m running Inquisition with High meshes and textures on a store-bought A8 APU without a discrete graphics. The extra detail is absolutely worth the drop to ~20fps in Skyhold.

    On a somewhat related note, if you get tired of having your inquisitor pass judgment in the grey smallclothes, which are perhaps pretty and comfortable but not particularly regal, then it’s possible to toggle on the regular armor using Cheat Engine. Origin doesn’t seem to care.

    Entering Skyhold in full armor was totally worth it: http://i.imgur.com/Up7GL9u.jpg

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