Originally Posted by RiSk
Fraps is good if you have a higher end machine, you need atleast a gig of ram and prolly a 3+Ghz machine to run it during a raid or PVP
You pretty much need a gig of ram to effectively run WoW anway
I've never seen it use less than 500 megs, by itself. Ram is always climbing up to 900+ usage while WoW's running, especially in a raid. Soon as WoW's shut down, like jumping off a cliff, ram usage is back down to ~100 - ~150.
Entering Orgrimmar (and I'd imagine Iron Forge as well) with 512 ram would result in my machine literally grinding to a halt for 5 minutes or so while the ram capped out and the system had to start offloading massive amounts of data to the swap file. It was a little more bearable if I was running the game at the lowest resolution with no effects on, but I could still rely on at least 30 seconds to a minute locked up every time I'd enter Org. It was so bad, that even hearthing, if my homepoint was in Org, would result in the game disconnecting.
The day I put a gig stick in, even at 1920x1200 with full effects turned on, the only thing that drops when entering Org is the framerate from 60 to around 20-30 when passing by the mailbox/auction house central market area.
And my laptop is a 1.6ghz, 1.2gig ram. No problems running fraps alongside WoW. The only thing I don't like about fraps is no dynamic re-compression on the fly... so everything is being dumped to a raw, un-compressed .avi file. Even 30 seconds of video at 1280x800 (as fraps will only capture up to 1280x1024, otherwise it caps at half the resolution being run ingame), will result in a file over 700 megs. I shudder to think of someone trying to record a boss fight that lasts 10, 20, 30+ minutes.
I wish they'd give the option of dynamic recompression (albiet with insanely high processor and memory requirements to pull it off without seriously affecting gameplay, being that WoW itself is a cpu and memory hog). Then, at least you could record that whole boss fight, and only take up ~100 megs, instead of 10's of gigs (or likely more)