=Rivatuner v2.0 RC 15.6=
Driver Settings > Customize
Compability Tab > Motherboard
I recommend enabling this setting to gain a bit of performance. Although 3dmark
2005 (ver 1.10 Pro) users might notice that when the CPU test is enabled, enabling this setting actually gives u slightly
lower scores. In my opinion it is best to disable the CPU tests when tweaking ur videocard since the tweaks mentioned here
will not affect ur processor in any way. Although u can also try to disable it (CPU tests) while tweaking the videocard, once
u already have the best settings (etc) in place, u can test if enabling/disabling the said compatibility setting will increase
or decrease ur points.
=Directdraw and Direct3d Settings=
Vsync Tab > Synchronization with Vertical Retrace:
This setting enables/disables, or lets the application control the synchronization
function. It may sound complicated but its actually pretty simple. This setting will enable game to run at whatever amount
of fps ur system can pump regardless of ur monitor's refresh rate when using the "always off" setting. And it limits ur fps
to whatever refresh setting u have when set to "always on". Now u might think ... "why the hell would I want to limit
my fps?!". Well if the fps of a certain app/game is too high, it can cause ur monitor to display graphics tearing. I
always recommend my visitors to use "always off" unless they experience the said problem with games.
Textures Tab > PCI Textures:
Set to "0" (zero) unless ur using a PCI card.
Texture Filtering Preferences:
Now this setting is a bit hard to explain since its somewhat subjective. The difference
should be very minimal to unnoticeable when going down a single notch ... same goes with its performance impact. Its
best to try the settings urself and check for urself whether the graphics increase is worth the performance hit (and vice-versa).
If u want to have an idea on how and/or where to start, try and check the settings below depending on the type of card that
Low End Cards:
-Running old and/or graphically low quality games: The higher the setting, the better
(to help increase visual flair). Granted of course that ur card can still handle the said setting.
-Running new and/or graphically intensive games: Set to "High Performance"
Mid End Cards:
-Running old and/or graphically low quality games: "High Quality" is a good place
to start (to help increase visual flair).
-Running new and/or graphically intensive games: "Performance" is not a bad place
to start. Its better to lower the said setting than lowering ur screen resolution.
High End Cards:
-Set to "High Quality" by default.
This setting helps remove the staircase or jagged graphics that is more noticeable
when playing at 1024x768 or lower resolutions. Increasing the screen resolution is the best way of removing the staircase
problem, but the bottleneck with most systems is the monitor limitation. FSAA (Full Scene AntiAliasing) produces a slightly
blurry to a noticeably blurry effect on the textures that is most noticeable when using settings like Quincunx or 4x9tap.
There is quite a big hit on performance when enabling this setting (FSAA).
Low End card users might want to use a max setting of 2x or Quincunx (depending
on the current screen resolution and game in use) if not completely disable the said setting. Mid End users on the other
hand may not experience any major decrease in performance when using 4x setting with not-so-graphically-intensive games at
1024x768 resolution. High End users, set it to at least 4x.
Use "Determined by Application" setting if the game have the FSAA options inside
***Overclocking info is currently not available
in this section. I will only post GeForce 6600 AGP 256mb overclocking tips here. As for the rest, I only post settings that
I have tested myself ... so please try and visit my previous GeForce sections if u'r looking for overclocking tips for GF2
MX, GF4 MX 400, and GF4 Ti 4200 cards.
**Not all settings will be available for all videocards. If u
already have the latest driver, Directx, and Rivatuner version installed and u still do not have the option to set, enable
or disable a particular setting ... then it's most probably not supported by ur hardware.
*The settings mentioned above is a more detailed description for
each category. This in my opinion is a better option to help the user decide what settings he/she want to use depending on
his/her preference. For settings that are not listed here, its either not available for my current specs/settings or the default
setting is already the best setting to use. This make this section less daunting for most users. But if ur really that
curious though, u can check my previous videocard tweaking sections for possible info.
Last Updated: 071005
Next update will feature:
-more detailed explanations for FSAA and other settings
-Rivatuner profile creation
-OpenGL settings explanation/recommendations
-Recommended driver versions
-etc etc etc