Wow. After playing with some of the tweaks listed around the nVnews site and elsewhere, I reran the benchmark.exe.
First, the settings-
(taken directly from my ut2003.ini file, so I hopefully don't miss anything):
With these settings, in-game I'm seeing what appears to be a minimum (NOT average) framerate in the upper 50's lower 60's in all the maps, including the DM-Antalus map (up until now the one that usually pushes my system the hardest).
Now, as far as the benchmark settings go, I left the MaxDetail.ini and MinDetail.ini files mostly alone, except for one change- I changed the ReduceMouseLag variable to false in both.
As far as video card settings go, I've been playing the game most of the weekend without any aniso, and with 4xs FSAA. But I decided to tweak those too, and used RivaTuner to adjust the D3D LOD setting to a -1.5 as suggested and used by Kev1 (thanks for the tip
), and then dropped to Quincunx AA again. For the benchmark results, I'm now getting:
I'm preparing to copy my current benchmark MaxDetail ini to a backup location, and then make a copy of my current game ut2003.ini in it's place, to see what it reports for those settings. I expect a decent increase in performance over what I've got here. Hopefully I'll get time tonight, and can post THOSE results here.