I am also one of those "victims" with rather poor/low/medium rigs and I had a lot of stutters after update 3.201, even after both hotfixes.
And it was most noticeable in MP, even on servers not running the new maps. This made me really upset, so I start to fiddling around,
checked the forum nearly all hours to see, if someone had an idea.
After several attempts, a lot of swearing and kicking my comfy couch out of frustration, I followed the suggestion of Sneaksie:
Another important addition is the ability to turn on VSync together with FPS limiter in the game graphics options. This should minimize the stuttering if you have this problem. For example. turn VSync in the game on and set the limiter to the refresh rate of your screen (or lower if your system can't cope of keeping the steady FPS at this level) - if you have a regular 60 Hz screen set the limiter to 60 or, if your system has trouble keeping it, to a lower value like 30. This should greatly reduce the stuttering coming from FPS spikes and drops and make the game smoother. Also, don't forget to return Vsync settings in the driver to defaults if you have forced them before. Please experiment and let us know if you have a better experience than before.
And now here are my settings, which allow me to join servers in MP with new and old maps, as for example yesterday evening on Combat Box with ca. 40 chaps on it, and
most important with nearly no stutters or barely noticeable stutter. And thus absolutely playable for me.
1. NVIDIA Control Panel
Vsync below in the list is set to "Application controlled"
2. Game Graphics Settings:
- VSync is activated
- Full Screen is activated (tried without Full Screen = less FPS for me)
- Set Target FPS to 80, although I'm running the game on a 60 Hz Monitor
- Grass quality is displaying Normal (you can't select a lower option) -> changes need to be done
in the Startup.cfg file directly in point 3.
3. Startup.cfg file
- I set gamma to 0.6 as it helps me for spotting
- My grass distance is set to 0.0000 because:
- increases my FPS, no stuttering on airfields
- lesser load
- If I want to admire grass fields I go outside RL
So, it is up to you and have a try. With these settings game still looks very good and performance is very acceptable.
P.S.: My old system's specs can be seen in my signature.