Originally Posted by Tr1cK
You can't compare settings you had pre-3.0. They increased everything with 3.0. The shadow system is completely revamped as well. Draw distance is much farther and new textures are more detailed. Nice shadows + longer draw distance = FPS killer.
It still isn't enough to make a big hit on a system like his. The only time my system has problems is when the zone I'm in is over loaded with players.