HOW TO: OPTIMIZE for smooth graphics and loading times (even if you got an SSD!)

OP, if it doesn't say L2 Cache is enabled, then its not enabled. you should be recommending people to set their ramdisk size to something like 147MB if its an NTFS partition (or making the appropriate adjustment to the cache size in fancy cache)
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Last edited by TheEnforcer on June 24, 2013 11:52 PM
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OP, if it doesn't say L2 Cache is enabled, then its not enabled. you should be recommending people to set their ramdisk size to something like 147MB if its an NTFS partition (or making the appropriate adjustment to the cache size in fancy cache)



So if i set the Ramdisk Size to 147 Mb on creation, it says L2 Chache enabled in Fancy cache?
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Redpoint wrote:
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OP, if it doesn't say L2 Cache is enabled, then its not enabled. you should be recommending people to set their ramdisk size to something like 147MB if its an NTFS partition (or making the appropriate adjustment to the cache size in fancy cache)



So if i set the Ramdisk Size to 147 Mb on creation, it says L2 Chache enabled in Fancy cache?


Yes, correct. Dammit, didn't count for Windows to reserve such a big portion of the Ramdisk for whatever. Corrected the guide and apologize for the mistake. Yes, Ramdrive has to be big enough for the L2 Cache to be correctly enabled in FancyCache. 147MB should suffice, I recommend 160MB to be dead sure.

Again, my apologies.
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My 2 cents on this thread, RAM caching is volatile and of no use when the PC is rebooted.
You can just buy an SSD disk or just get one of those SDHC cards which are made for HD video edit (class 10+, at least 30MB/sec) and use it for ReadyBoost, on Windows 7+.
If these don;t help and the game requires in-RAM caching, then there is sone seriosu issue wit the game code and loaded and there es no use trying to optimize a mammoth.
I set this up (using a 5400 RPM HDD) and it greatly REDUCED my performance following instrucions precisely. I had to disable it to play anything that could be considered decent lag/loadscreen-wise.
Last edited by piperazinedream on July 3, 2013 5:57 PM
just a tip for those of you who are using an radeon 6950, some of these cards can be unlocked to a 6970 using a simple BIOS modification.

Mine took 2 clicks and a system restart to apply.

BIOS flashes can be dangerous however if you do not take precautions.

Most AMD/ATI cards have dual BIOS (via a black switch on the card), but 3rd party cards may not have one, so you might want to check about this beforehand.

I didn't have one on mine, but I'm confident about these things.

I managed to flash my HIS ICEQ Pro 6950 2GB, to unlock it to a 6970 2GB :)

RBE_additional1

an excellent guide for this process is listed here:

http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=184609

BEFORE:

AMD Radeon™ HD 6950 GPU Feature Summary

Up to 800MHz Engine Clock
2GB GDDR5 Memory
1250MHz Memory Clock (5.0 Gbps GDDR5)
up to 160 GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum, not reference)
2.25 TFLOPs Single Precision compute power
562.5 GFLOPs Double Precision compute power
Double slot form factor
1408 Stream Processors
88 Texture Units
128 Z/Stencil ROP Units
32 Color ROP Units

AFTER:

1536 Stream Processors
96 Texture Units
168.3GB/s memory bandwidth


My card can go much higher when overclocked, but I prefer a silent machine.

WARNING: I don't recommend overclocking via BIOS, do it in software instead.
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Last edited by conall88 on July 4, 2013 12:54 PM
oh yeah before I forget, Here's a great tip for using your ramdisk just to cache important files ( like Game map files or whatever), and ignore fast loading files like exes and images.

Symbolic Links!

Symbolic links are low level OS wide links from one part of your file structure to another.

For example you can link one folder to another, so that your operating system treats them as the same location. This means you can have a folder at C:\Path of Exile\MAPS

for example.

This MAPS folder would have a symbolic link to F:\MAPS(or any name, it doesn't matter)

C:\Path of Exile\MAPS doesn't actually exist in this case. A link is created which refers all requests for anything from the MAPS folder to the desired location you stated when creating the link.

I have used this to make the most out of my 128GB SAMSUNG 840 PRO SSD without wasting space on useless files which I won't see much benefit from storing on it.

Ive done it for:

Battlefield 3 Maps (load in <3 seconds now)
PoE Maps (1-4 seconds, depending on if its in RAM <I have 12GB so it happens often)

Guide can be found here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/
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Last edited by conall88 on July 4, 2013 1:02 PM
What are these 'MAP' files, I can't find them in my installation folder. Only shaders are there (is this what you mean?), and in user config folder there is "Minimap" folder. That's it.
i'm running poe under wine (playonlinux actually)
so far the game is been pretty fluent
now i'm playing a lv50 witch and is completely unbearable: fps die every time something happens with me stuck in the middle and die soon after

this guide seems to be useful but i can't figure out how can i do the same thing in a gnu/linux system, since it only shows some nice picture without actually explain the purpose
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palby wrote:
i'm running poe under wine (playonlinux actually)
so far the game is been pretty fluent
now i'm playing a lv50 witch and is completely unbearable: fps die every time something happens with me stuck in the middle and die soon after

this guide seems to be useful but i can't figure out how can i do the same thing in a gnu/linux system, since it only shows some nice picture without actually explain the purpose


Beware people the OP "optimization" royally screwed up my latency and game performance. Removing the programs fixed all the problems it brought about.
Last edited by piperazinedream on July 10, 2013 10:34 PM

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