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[Planetside] Best Tweak Guide

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This is probably the best tweak guide for PS2 to get more performance since it was made by Nvidia themselves and they tested every single one of the performance hit by the settings in 3 different resolutions with their cool compare tool for you to see the difference.

It absolutely works for AMD Cards as well!!!

Also they tested the Ultra Settings, they don't work anymore (for quite some time actually). If you put incorrect value in the ini it will default back to Medium settings. The noyl Ultra Settings that works is the Ultra Textures.

Anyway here is the Planetside 2 Tweak Guide

I will have a TL;DR version for you but if something didn't work out for you, then read the full guide and don't be lazy.

TL;DR:
  • Resolution: Altering Resolution provokes a consistently substantial and proportionate hit to performance. Lowering this setting should be a last resort
  • Render Quality: Keep this setting at maximum, but if you must reduce it, doing so to around 75% should provide a nice tradeoff between graphics quality and framerate.
  • Vertical FOV: Experiment to find what you're most comfortable with per game. Increasing Field of View may introduce a mild impact to framerate.
  • PhysX (Nvidia Only!!!): PhysX is a high impact setting in Planetside 2, though playable framerates are still quite achievable if you like the effect and have a high-end GPU (or two).
  • Vertical Sync: It's strongly recommended to leave this disabled. Another viable option is to enable Adaptive Vsync to get the best of both worlds (maximizing performance while reducing tearing).
  • Graphics Quality: Keep this setting on at least Medium, unless you're extremely starved for frames.
  • Texture Quality: Change to 0 in the .ini file if you have 1GB VRAM or more.
  • Lighting Quality: Lighting Quality brings a small hit to framerate. If you can spare a couple frames, keep this setting at High.
  • Shadow Quality: if you're looking to save on frames, dropping to Medium here is advisable, and to Low as a last resort.
  • Fog Shadows: If you need the extra performance, this is definitely one to consider disabling.
  • Effects Quality: If you're looking to save on frames, dropping to Medium here is advisable, and to Low as a last resort.
  • Terrain Quality: No performance change is observed here. Keep this setting at High.
  • Flora Quality: Keep this setting at High, unless you're desperate for a performance increase or prefer no flora, in which case switch to Low.
  • Model Quality: Model Quality has no hit to framerate. Keep this setting at High unless you're using low speed RAM.
  • Particles: If you need a boost to performance, changing this setting to Low should come with a relatively small tradeoff, and prove rewarding, especially if your GPU is not well-equipped to handle large amounts of overlapping pixels.
  • Motion Blur: Because the effect is subtle, this setting can be disabled with no worry if needed and/or preferred.
  • Ambient Occlusion: If you can afford it, it comes strongly recommended, but if you must do without for the sake of extra performance, this is one of the first settings you should look to.

Edited by TheByt3 - 7/28/13 at 4:15am
post #2 of 4
You seem to know what youre talking about, but ive yet to be GPU limited...
Can you point out which ones are the most CPU intensive? Then I can leave all the GPU ones on high.

I cant seem to get over 25fps in big fights ¬¬
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Yeah My GPU isn't the problem is the CPU being AMD and PS only working on one thread. frown.gif
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You definitely have to try the core unparking (explained in this guide).

As of CPU intensive settings to my knowledge they are:

  • Shadows
  • Effects
  • Particles
  • Audio Quality

I have not researched that certain aspect quite a lot though. If I stumble across anything else I'll post it here.
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