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Old 02-01-05, 11:59 PM   #209
ChrisRay
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Default Re: Everquest 2. I think I may have a partial solution to stuttering.

Well. I recently required a new review system and I have discovered some interesting things. I'm not quite sure if I can explain the results yet, Actually I find it rather inexplicable. My play settings have always been 1156x864 with 4xAA/16xAF. So keep that in mind.

I recently aquired this hardware to replace my AGP system which was.

Athlon XP 3200+ @ 2.2ghz
400 FSB
Nforce 2 400 Ultra
Geforce 6800GT
1 Gig Dual Channel DDR memory.

Replacement.

Athlon 64 3800+ @ 2.4 Ghz
Asus K8N SLI Deluxe (Nforce 4 Ultra)
Geforce 6600GT 2x SLI (128 Megs)
1 Gig DDR memory.


The Primary system has of course been downgraded due to me keeping my main memory and using older memory and that setup. Which is now.

Athlon XP 2500+ @ 1.86 Ghz
640 megs DDR333 Memory
Nforce 2 400 Ultra
Geforce 6800GT (128 Megs)



Keep in mind. While I can enable SLI in my drivers with the 71.80 drivers and it works fine EQ 2. It wasnt enabled when I did my initial tests and first got it. Since it would be pointless to compare performance of an AGP Athlon XP system to a PEG Athlon 64 system. I wont bother with benches in this case. However I can run at the same settings I could with my prior system with my new SLI setup with just 1 6600GT and get much much better performance. This is with Textures set at High (256 Setting?)). What I find peculiar about this is a 6600GT is about 30% slower in most cases to a single 6800GT. And with 256 Megs of ram this should make a substancial difference at my settings. But it simply doesnt. The game runs faster and quite a bit better with a single 128 Meg card on a faster processor than a 256 meg card on a slower processor. Meaning the 256 meg requirement for high textures can be that severe since I'm also doing 4xAA which increase framebuffer requirements.

In other words. 256 Meg doesnt seem to be making a substancial difference for me. Another Note. Enabling SLI works. But it doesnt really improve performance, Doesnt make it worse. Hinting further at CPU limitation

My thoughts anyway. I cut and past this over on the EQ 2 forums.
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