I have ping problems since the update but not that bad.
Also, even if the server list is still updating when you join a server, THAT IS STILL THE PATCH'S FAULT. I always did that before the update, no problems.
My ping problems are like 100 ping, maybe 150, when before the patch I was always in the 40-80 range. The new patch has fudged up the internet somewhat. I notice this game is a lot laggier in terms of internet.
As for the FPS dropping, I dunno how this game would perform on my old comp (seeing how I had 40 FPS low settings), and to be honest, I dont wanna know. New computer for some odd reason seems to have HIGHER fps though. I was getting around 150-200 before the patch (occasional drops to 100), now I am getting like 200-250, occasional drops to 150, I think the Orange Box engine actually helped FPS, allowing me to take advantage of multicore rendering and the like.
I know on my old comp this game would probably suck now, seeing how I have a single core CPU with it....
ASUS M4A785T-M | Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz | 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM | Sapphire HD 5850 | 1 TB HDD | Windows 7 64 bit | 650W Antec Earthwatts | Apevia X-Dreamer 3