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I just got The Witcher 2 today and so far it seems quite enjoyable. The problem is that I haven't been able to play much of it so far due to lag that occurs even on low settings. The game recommends that I play on High, but this simply isn't possible; the game pauses every time I so much as turn Geralt's head. Any idea what's causing this problem and what settings I might need to adjust to get the game working at a normal, mostly lag-free speed?

My graphics card is the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT, and I have 4 GBs of RAM on my computer. My graphics driver is beta driver 275.27. All display specs can be found here(results from running dxdiag).

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As always, one of your steps should be to try running in a lower resolution. – StrixVaria May 20 '11 at 1:22
@Strix Ah, didn't know that! This is actually the first time I've had troubles running a game because of graphics in a fair while. – Mana May 20 '11 at 1:25
@Strix Yeah, running at 1400x900 instead of the full 1920x1080 definitely helped. – Mana May 20 '11 at 1:48
Make sure you uninstall the 3D Vision driver, it is said to cause significant problem. – Mad Scientist May 20 '11 at 6:10
This game is probably too stressful for a 9600GT at that resolution, yeah. It's just not quite fast enough a card. – Shinrai May 20 '11 at 15:55
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I made the following adjustments:

  • Installed the latest beta driver from NVidia's website (version 275.2something)
  • Adjusted the screen resolution from 1920x1080 to 1360x768.
  • Uninstalled the 3D Vision driver
  • Updated to Patch 1.1, which removes all DRM(apparently a cause of slowdown up to 30% on lower-end systems)

The game plays at around ~16 FPS on High settings with occasional bursts of lag when entering new rooms, and plays at a much more enjoyable 28 FPS on Medium.

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Obviously you want to play at 800x600 at Wireframe settings. – badp May 21 '11 at 19:30
How did 1920x1080 with Low settings work? – Iain Feb 25 '13 at 14:49

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