Really poor graphics performance with GeForce GTX 770 and Windows Server 2012 R2?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by RamGuy, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. RamGuy

    RamGuy MDL Member

    Jun 27, 2009
    I'm having some serious performance with World of Warcraft running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter) installation on my system featuring Intel Core i7-3930K, Rampage IV Extreme and GeForce GTX 770 graphics card.

    I have been running Windows Server converted to a more "workstation" like installation for some time, mainly because I've got loads of Western Digital RE4 2TB hard drives which are shared locally on my network and they are formatted / running ReFS.

    Normally I haven't seen any major performance difference between Window Server 2008 vs Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 vs Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 vs Windows 8 or Window Server 2012 R2 vs Windows 8.1 so I find it awkward that World of Warcraft is having performance issues all over the place.

    Running Intel Core i7-3930K, 24GB of DDR3 2133MHz RAM and GeForce GTX 770 and having my system installed on a Intel 320-series 300GB SSD and the actual game on a Intel X25-M Gen2 120GB SSD shouldn't really have any major performance issues. And one thing that makes me feel there is something really fuzzy going on is that fact that lowering resolution, disabling anti-aliasing and lowering the graphic settings is not really doing much about the performance issues.

    With everything on the lowest settings and a resolution of 800x600 I'm still seeing a top of perhaps 50-60 FPS, but often it dips to about 8-15 and normally we are talking about and average of 20-30 FPS. If I crank things up to my native 1920x1080 resolution, full anti-aliasing and high settings I'm still seeing about the same performance, but going ultra will make the top being 30-40 FPS, the dips around 5-10 FPS and the average about 15-25 FPS.

    Booting Windows 8.1 Update 1 the very same hardware is fully capable of pushing ultra settings with tops around 50-70 FPS, dips at about 25-30 and average around 40-60 which is acceptable and more in the lines of what I would expect from the GTX 770. Running high will more or less ensure 60 FPS+ all the time besides in situations where you get limited by the servers due to there being loads of people all around you at all times.

    What gives? How come the performance under Window Server 2012 R2 is not remotely close to the Windows 8.1 Update 1 performance? Why doesn't lowering the in-game graphics make any impact on the performance numbers? Running 800x600 nd lowest settings should normally ensure 60 FPS+ even on Intel HD 4000 graphics.. Even Intel HD 3000...
  2. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

    Oct 7, 2010
    Drivers IMO are the soul give or take in gaming. My guess is Nvidia hasn't optimized the drivers for Srv2012. It wouldn't matter if you have the worlds fastest super computer if the drivers are flaking out, games would still run like lumpy diarrhea
  3. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

    Feb 11, 2009
    I've no idea with current SVR OS but in the past Hardware Acceleration was disabled by default for added stability. Could be the same here...
  4. LiteOS

    LiteOS MDL Expert

    Mar 7, 2014
    there a tweak to fix that i think search in servr workstation forum
  5. RamGuy

    RamGuy MDL Member

    Jun 27, 2009
    It seems like Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview both are able to mount ReFS Storage Pools without any hacking whatsoever, so I simply tossed Windows Server 2012 R2 out the Window and installed Windows 10 Technical Preview Enterprise and it's all working out much better. Only real downside is the limitation of maximum 20 concurrent connections to the file-shares compared to basically unlimited with Windows Server but I guess I won't ever be affected by this limitation in any real life scenarios.