inspired by dragon's report i just test ran valley with my laptop on battery which turns off the ATI card and reverts to onboard intel graphics.... when i have done this in the past i had to drop down from native (1366x768) to 1024x768 to achieve a playable FPS.... now things are a little different! I can run at native resolution with my intel chip (and the reduced processor power from battery mode) and get a very consistent 45 FPS - which is better than i was getting before on previous versions of valley with my machine plugged in and the ATI card running.
a GRAND success!
the last time i got a major performance increase i suddenly thought "i can actually get good at this game now!!" and with this new boost and my ATI card kicking in properly it feels like "i can actually get fluid and REALLY good at this game now!".
Now i understand how Terraziel can play on "chosen one"! - just never seemed feasible to me - but now who knows... and i didn't even have to resort to ponies!