View Full Version : What resolution and graphics settings do you usually use for gaming?

08-05-02, 02:18 AM
Just curious...what resolution do u guys use in games and also what level of aniso and AA do u use? I like playin at 1280*1024 w 8x aniso and 2X AA but somegames I like 11*10.

Typedef Enum
08-05-02, 03:04 AM
I can honestly state that up until today, my gaming resolution had been stuck @ 10x7, and I would typically enable 4x A.F., with whatever AA mode were viable for a given game...

That all changed this evening. I purchased a 22" Flat Panel, and I basically go 1600x1024 all the time. The damn thing is so crystal clear, and the viewable area is so wide (this is the Apple 22" display), that it just kicks...

Anyhow, with what I've been able to gather so far, 16x10 is playable with all games...but I have to be very conservative with the settings. About 2x on the A.F. and 2xAA (if possible) seems like the M.O. @ this resolution.

08-05-02, 03:16 AM
Geez...even with my system specs 1600*1200 just doesnt have that "silky smoothness" to me. How much did that monitor run ya?

08-05-02, 03:36 AM
I usually use 1024x768 and 4xAA with max Aniso. Or if that runs badly I swap to either 1280x1024 or 1600x1200 and power down the AA.

08-05-02, 03:50 AM
hmm ya I see if i run games like SOF2 and medal of honor in 1024x768 with 2x AA and max aniso it runs much smoother in heated gun battles...I just might stick with this. Much easier to see than 12*10 as well. The NV30 should make 12*10 smooth as silk tho on any setting.

08-05-02, 05:19 AM
1024*768*32 mostly because of 100Hz refreshrate. I would use higher resolution if the monitor (19") supported higher refresh rates (1280*1024@85 (desktop use) and 1600*1200@76Hz).

If I use AA or Aniso, theyre 4xAA or QCAA and 8x (64tap) anisotropic.

08-05-02, 08:08 AM
Typedef Enum, how much did that monitor cost you. Is it LCD Flat panel, or regular but just flat front? That must of cost lots of mula.

08-05-02, 08:54 AM
It all depends on what game I'm playing. 1600x900 for GTA3 no AA/aniso looks great and runs smoothly. UT does well at 1600x1200 w/8x aniso or 1024x768 with 4xAA and 8x aniso.

I guess you could say it depends on what mood I'm in when I play. :D

08-05-02, 10:27 AM
I use 1024x768x32 and 8x AF with no FSAA in all games; D3D or OGL. This is on a GF3Ti200 (225/450) and a 19inch monitor.

I have always found that I prefer high AF vs FSAA in anything other than static screen shots; being most especially true in hihg poly count game which are less affected by jaggies. FSAA has never been worth the performance hit to me, while I find the performance hit of 8xAF so be acceptable with my card. If I had a GF4 (non-MX) I would probably run 8XAF and 2X FSAA.


08-05-02, 11:06 AM
I used to prefer running @ 1600*1200 with little to no FSAA & Aniso.....though lately ( due to a 15" LCD ) I am playing at 1024*768 with max FSAA and Aniso...

Looks great so I'm not complaining! :D

Typedef Enum
08-05-02, 11:15 AM
This is a TFT display, not CRT...

Well, after all was said and done, it ended up costing me about $3,000...you have to buy this ADC->DVI adapter as well (convert from the Mac adapter to PC).

08-05-02, 12:23 PM
If there was one flat panel display I would get, it would be the Apple. Every other TFT display I've seen pales in comparison to the cinema. The colors are rich and vibrant and the text is clear as day. It's truly an amazing piece of display hardware.

The only one that comes close, IMO, is the display on my Dell laptop. 25 ms response rate and a 400:1 contrast ratio makes my CRT look crappy in comparison. :cool:

08-05-02, 12:37 PM
i play at 1600x1200 with at least 8x aniso and 4x FSAA.
When I get my NV30 o.O

08-05-02, 03:08 PM
I use 1280x1024 or 1280x960 with 4x Aniso and Quincux AA.


08-05-02, 03:51 PM
1024x768@32bit@Level 4 Aniso@Quincunx AA - both in Direct3D & OpenGL

08-05-02, 04:25 PM
1280x1024x32 Max 64-tap anisotropy, Quincunx AA

08-05-02, 07:51 PM
64tap anso
4x AA

John Reynolds
08-05-02, 08:14 PM
Depends on the game. For example, on my Ti4400 I play Independence War 2 and WarCraft 3 at 1920x1440 with 2x AA and 4x AF, Morrowind at 1600x1200 with the above settings, and most shooters at 1280x960/1024 with the above settings. I never touch 4x AA on a GF3/GF4 since it's simply not worth the additional performance hit for what it does compared to 2x for edge AA; nor do I touch Quincunx, since an intentional post-filter blur degrades the image quality while pissing me off as a bogusly marketed form of AA.

08-05-02, 08:37 PM
If my system can handle it: QC AA with some form of Aniso (vairies for each game) with a 1024x768 resolution.

08-08-02, 10:49 PM
Quincunx aniso seems a bit blurry for me in most games. I remember when I had my GF2 and thinking "you cant tell a diff between AA being on or off"...but after using AA for a long time the diff is HUGE when I see games without AA on.

ATI LoVeR 9700
08-08-02, 11:00 PM
When I get my Radeon 9700 I will play at 6xAA and 16x Aniso, with my 400mhz Ramdac. :p

I play at 2xAA or 4xAA depending on what game. And the res is 1280 x 1024. Oh and the highest level of aniso. On my Radeon 8500.

08-09-02, 01:31 AM
I useally play with it set to 1024*768*32, 2AA and 4x anisotropy,but it depends on what I am playing if I play a game where I don't have to read text then I play it at 1600*1200*32