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Magicka is running somewhat sluggish on my computer. The FPS are at a constant 30, but it stutters quite frequently which is quite annoying.

My computer should easily be powerful enough for that game (E8400 + Radeon 4850). The settings in the graphics menu are very limited. Are there any more settings one can change to improve performance and reduce stuttering?

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Did you try again recently, with the latest update? They've been updating the game almost daily, and the last couple of updates (such as this one) have had an entry in the "Known Issues" section like:

  • Game stutters slightly on some systems despite good performance (cause known, fix pending)

Today's update has an entry in the "Fixes" section that sounds like the same issue:

  • Fixed high-end machine jitter.

So it may now be resolved.

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It seems the demo is still affected by stuttering, do you kown if the patches have been applied to the demo too? –  Drake Feb 3 '11 at 23:00
    
I still get some strange stuttering even with the latest patch. It itsn't just low framerate though, the problem seems more complicated. –  Mad Scientist Feb 3 '11 at 23:05
    
@Fabian: They're still continuing to patch daily, so I guess about all you can do is hope that they hit your specific issue eventually: store.steampowered.com/news/… –  Chad Birch Feb 3 '11 at 23:13
    
@Drake: I doubt that the demo is being updated along with the game, but I don't actually know one way or the other. –  Chad Birch Feb 3 '11 at 23:13

It seems to be a known issue, not fixed in the latest patch. The patch notes of Feb 24 state under known issues:

The game may appear to be stuttering even though framerate is good.

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There was yet another patch very recently that improved performance for owners of the Radeon 3xxx series, might be worth another try if you're holding out?

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