Heroes of the Storm

I’m about to give up on fixing my FPS

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Bug or Discussion flair? My problem fits the case for both equally.

First off, let me share my computer specifications so you can get a general idea of the machine I'm running:

  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Version 2004, Build 19041)
  • Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 1080 GPU
    • Driver version 451.67
  • 32GB of RAM
  • Dual Acer ED273 Abidpix monitors (1920×1080 @ 144Hz)
  • Three SSDs and one HDD
    • Local Disk SSD (C:)
      • Where my OS resides and 99% of program installations
    • Secondary SSD (D:)
      • HOTS Live & PTR are installed here (taking up 30/111GB disk space)
    • Tertiary SSD (E:)
      • Mainly used for preserving disk space on (C:)
    • Quaternary HDD (F:)
      • Completely empty w/ no use

I'm confident that I've had this problem stemming back about 4 months ago, which is the time that the April 14 patch notes introduced the Nexus Anomaly "A Call to Help" which implemented new functionality to towers, forts, keeps and cores. I never recall any significant FPS issues from the time I started playing this game back when HOTS 2.0 (April 25, 2017) was announced and the time the already mentioned anomaly went live (April 14, 2020). I have evidence that my FPS was indeed higher 4 or months ago if you request it.

Over the past couple of months, I watched YouTube tutorials on how to improve game performance to fix my issues. Most of the methods included setting your power plan to Ultimate Performance (through a command), disabling a lot of Windows 10 bloatware, disabling unnecessary startup applications, doing basic weekly system maintenance, and most importantly: carefully editing the Windows Registry. I. Did. Every. Single. Thing. You. Could. Name. In. The. Book… but I was unsuccessful. I was convinced that the reason my PC was suffering because of the registry edits (regedits) I've been making and since there really isn't a way to reset the Windows Registry to default, I felt compelled to fully reinstall Windows. To add onto this, Windows Security was completely defunct for no reason, so that gave me further incentive to reinstall Windows. Luckily, I got Windows 10 as a free upgrade from Windows 8, which provided me with a digital license. After I successfully reinstalled Windows on July 10 of this year, I asked myself, "How could the culprit of my troubles be the regedits that are somehow negatively impacting my gaming performance even if the changes are meant to benefit game performance in the first place?" If you'd like to know specifically what regedits I made, feel free to ask. I read through a lot of the comments when I watch videos that help boost performance through the registry editor and 99% of the comments are positive. So that further bolsters my confidence in registry edits.

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I played a couple of HOTS games before making any regedits on my PC that I reset and my FPS was relatively the same before and after regedits. I always kept my graphics settings to the High preset because I want my game to have an above average framerate while looking aesthetically pleasing. With the High preset, my out of combat FPS is 120 (used to be at least 180) and 70 in combat (used to be at least 120). With the Low preset, overall performance difference between presets is negligible. To top it off, US server regions were bundled together, which now causes me to connect to Central servers ONLY (I have F12 menu open all the time and I guarantee you I no longer connect to West), upping my average ping from 30-40 all the way to 70-90 ping. These two problems are causing me to play this game less and less until I can find a permanent solution. I don't intend for the tone of this post to give the impression that I am some entitled person who is complaining about negligible differences in gaming performance and you "should be thankful for what you have" type of situation.

I know for a fact that since the Mei patch, a lot of people have been complaining about their FPS dropping to some degree. I've looked through many threads in the Technical Support sub-forum to see if anyone has the same exact problems I'm facing. I did find this thread with a trusted answer that suggests to download the studio driver instead of the game ready driver. To my surprise, HOTS performance saw a slight improvement overall, but it's totally not enough for me to call it fixed. I just want my FPS to go back to the way it was 4 months ago. I don't know if I did anything that I wasn't aware of that negatively impacted my game performance or if it's purely HOTS's fault for giving me lag. It feels really disheartening to be in this condition when it's the only game I've dedicated a lot of hours to and I enjoy playing daily. I love this game to death and I don't want to abandon this game because I don't really have anywhere else to go until I find another game that looks cool, which hopefully isn't anytime soon. I'm really hopeful about this game's future because of the developers' changed perspective by focusing more on community feedback rather than implementing changes/additions that no one asked for.

I hate feeling completely helpless when there's always a solution even if it's in some far off distant land.

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