aside from the drivers, dial down or turn off the shadows, AA, dynamic lighting to start.
from there you just have to tweek it.
as a poster said, your card is outdated tech, by a huge margin. and to be frank, wil have more issues then others with newer cards. your simply hindered by the architexture of your GPU.
that said, i have a 275 in my rig, and the only time i get studdering is on earth station or other large "people" populated lacations. i do not get it while in space, ground, pve, or pvp...just seems weird.
i know its not heat, and i have played with the settings with no joy.
there is something else that seems to be having an effect.
maybe form what others said, dial in your fps by enabling vsync, or typing in a setting...i forget the command right off, had a brain fart....getting old sucks...
A lot of Nvidia users are experiencing this issue with the Champions/SWO engine, but no one has been able to isolate the issue completely. The simplest solution is to rollback to an earlier driver versions (the best versions are listed in several threads in this forum).
Ever thought this might be your problem? that card ( lol its an intergrated chip), had problems playing games way back in 2007. Hell even a lowly 7300 puts out more pwer than that.
To be totally honest im surprised it would even let you boot up a modern day game. That card is designed for Word processing, and maybe solitaire. Thats it.
Good job on blaming cryptic for your own shortcomings tho.
Edit for somewhat helpful advice:
Load the gameclient but do not log in. Turn EVERYTHING to minimum. That is probably the max settings you will achieve with that card in this game, although you might be able to put it up +1 on one or two settings.