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Tip for considerable FPS boost in PlanetSide 2, Bioshock Infinite (SLI only, works well)

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Hi there, figured I'd share these with you guys.

PLANETSIDE 2 TIP:

I play a lot of Train Simulator 2013 and the game is a disaster as far as graphical optimisation goes, let alone how it behaves when played on an SLI machine. Anyway, long story short, I found that the Alan Wake SLI compatibility bits helped that game's performance quite a bit, and as it turns out, it works for PlanetSide 2 as well.

The problem with PlanetSide 2's SLI profile is that both GPUs are hovering around 50% usage at all times. Using this trick will force them to run at between 65-75% usage most of the time. You can gain around 20 FPS in the best case scenario with this tip. Give it a shot:

STEP 1: Download NVIDIA Inspector if you havn't got it already.

STEP 2: Open the "PlanetSide 2" profile from within NVIDIA Inspector. Change the "SLI COMPATIBILITY BITS" field from 0x02480005 (Planetside 2) to 0x03500005 (Alan Wake)

STEP 3: Leave all antialiasing options to "Application-Controlled", do not force any multisampling or supersampling. Set "Ambient Occlusion" to "off" (None of these settings actually affect the game, they just slow it down if enabled when you do this).

STEP 4: Under the "SLI" group of settings, change the following four:

"Number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode" to SLI_GPU_COUNT_DEFAULT

"Nvidia predefined number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode" to SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_DEFAULT

"Nvidia predefined SLI mode" to SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_DEFAULT

"SLI rendering mode" to SLI_RENDERING_MODE_DEFAULT


And you're done. So far this has gained me a lot of smoothness, even with all options including GPU physics enabled and set to high. It's still not perfect, but further improvements can really only be made by the game's developers and Nvidia themselves. So this is the best we've got for now.

On my system, I go from running at >30FPS to about 50 FPS in most places now. This is really the only fix that doesn't involve turning all your graphics down or off for the sake of a few more frames/second so I thought it was worth sharing. Aggressive SLI profiles like this sometimes can cause corruption of textures, but everything is looking as it should for me, so that's good.

NOTE: I did all this on the rig in my signature. If you encounter problems, let me know below. I've been messing with SLI profiles for all my games now so I can help you out if you encounter an issue.

BIOSHOCK INFINITE TIP:

1. For Bioshock Infinite, open Inspector and simply set "SLI Compatibility Bits (DX1x)" and "SLI Compatibility Bits" both to the Max Payne 3 settings. Make all the same changes above in Step 4.

2. Change the "PoolSize=140" to "PoolSize=1200" in the STEAMAPPS/COMMON/BIOSHOCK INFINITE/ENGINE/CONFIG/BaseEngine.ini file (not the one in My Documents).

3. Then, most importantly, right click Bioshock Infinite in Steam, hit Properties, hit "SET LAUNCH OPTIONS..." and enter -ReadTexturePoolFromIni with the hyphen in front of it included. This will actually work, and will actually remove 90% of your stuttering. All the other guides didn't mention that launch parameter, so it just overrode the change and still forced the game to run with the 140 value.

Enjoy!
Edited by lowfiwhiteguy - 4/1/13 at 9:38pm
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Wow thanks I will have to try this out!
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No problem dude!
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IMPORTANT! For PlanetSide 2, Make sure you use the modified .ini file for "ultra settings" that's floating around the internet if you do this. Makes all the difference. Just make sure to leave GPU Physics off or you'll be stuck with 40 ish FPS.
Edited by lowfiwhiteguy - 4/9/13 at 12:44am
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Thanks, do you know if there's a way to fix the Anti-Aliasing ?

Besides using 0x0041124 compability bit flag in Nvidia inspector. <- That only works with Low quality textures in game frown.gif
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Thanks, do you know if there's a way to fix the Anti-Aliasing ?

Besides using 0x0041124 compability bit flag in Nvidia inspector. <- That only works with Low quality textures in game frown.gif

PlanetSide 2 cannot make use of SGSSAA or MSAA unfortunately. Apparently it could in earlier builds. The only way to improve this is to raise the "RenderQuality" parameter in the useroptions.ini file, which effectively supersamples the image. I run it at 1.410000, and it runs just fine on my rig at a solid 50-60FPS with all other settings as per the Ultra Settings modified useroptions.ini available all over Google. You could try going higher until you're happy with it, or your performance starts to take hits.
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anyone ever try this out?
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Well, myself, obviously, haha. I got a few reps and responses from people saying it works on their systems as well. I recommend it.
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Tried the planetside trick, not sure if I really gained any on my 780's, perhaps a few % more gpu usage, but not much. Seems a little smoother though!
Have you tried any other sli profiles? Under heavy fights I go down to 30-40% gpu usage, instead of going up (was like this with original settings too). I never truly understood this game and how it works, in other games gpu usage goes up when its a demanding scene, but in this game it goes down. This also happened on my last two 670's.

Thanks for the tip btw smile.gif
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Holy crap man! This literally doubled my FPS!!!

I'm running:

i5 3570k (OC to 4.4Ghz)
Asus Z77
Gigabyte GTX 670 (2) (OC to 1262Mhz each)
8 gigs Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz DDR3

Nice work!

People heed this man's word!
Edited by ChestR0ckwell - 7/3/13 at 7:30am
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