So I'm shamelessly stealing some of these suggestions from reddit, but I also will add some of my own. Feel free to add any others you've found work for you. :3
In no particular order:
- Always keep your drivers up to date, sometimes there's special GW2 fixes.
- If you have an nvidia card, the -cuda command seems to gain you some 5-10 FPS, it depends on your machine though.
- Switch between Fullscreen and Fullscreen Windowed. Sometimes one has better performance over the other, though it seems to be dependent on your graphics card, so just try both options out and pick the best one \o/
- For those of you who don't really care about the prettiness, and are mostly concerned with performance, there's always the option of just running everything in the lowest settings. I care about prettyness too much to do that <_<
- If you turn everything to low, and leave the Render Sampling option on Native, it'll look generally acceptable.
- Conversely, if you leave everything on high, and turn Render Sampling to Subsample, you'll get a ****ton of FPS, at the price of your character being all blurry. It is generally good to go to subsample in places where the particle effects are starting to affect performance. For me that's places like zering in WvW. *edit a few days later to add: apparently this doesn't work for everyone, it might look crazy... I'm not sure why it works for me but not for shadowhand*
- If you're looking to gain FPS without losing too much prettiness, I'd turn off Shadows completely, followed by Reflections.
- If you don't care for having some sharpy-edges (as opposed to nicely blended ones) you can turn off FXAA, though I personally have not found that to improve FPS too much.
- Lowering LOD distance to medium can work wonders.
- Post-processing, now that's a big one. I don't like to turn that off at all, it makes everything more dark and dull, but it will gain you a noticeable amount of FPS.
- You can try to turn off Depth Blur as well.
- Turn off vertical sync. Really, unless you're having tons of problems with that, seriously all it does is take away FPS.
- However, if you have an nvidia card, you can go to the nvidia control panel under GW2's profile set it to Adaptive Vsync, and that'll help if you have turned vertical sync off. (I haven't tried this myself, but I have no issues with vertical sync, so that's why <_<)
- There is also a program called SweetFX, which is supposed to make everything look good without a noticeable decrease of performance. I cannot say I've tried it, but I've seen it recommended a lot.
Anyway, hopefully this helps some people! lalalala I want pie.