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BSG 75
Posted - 2009.04.24 01:41:00 - [1]


I have recently change videocard from 9800GTX+ to 9800GX2. I am running 2 EVE client in windows mode (using 1 display only), however i do not notice a noticeable increase in FPS when switched to 9800GX2, is EVE just not optimize for dual GPU or am I setting up the card wrong?

1) I setup the 9800GX2 using "Single display performance mode" under GPU acceleration setting
2) I setup with "Single-GPU" under the Multi-GPU performance mode
3) I turn on PhysX

Is this the best setting to play EVE Online

I have E6600 CPU and 4GIG ram

One last question, in general, do 9800GX2 perform better than 9800GTX+?

Thank you for your input

Debitum Naturae
Posted - 2009.04.24 02:03:00 - [2]

It really depends on what your using the cards for. I for one have a 9800GTX+, and I get 180fps in EVE at 1920x1200, and 120fps at that res with supersampling 2x2 enabled, with the occasional drop to 30fps in high detail pockets (mostly with volumetric fog).

The 9800GX2 should perform better, but I'm not sure if having Single-GPU enabled, I would keep Multi-GPU enabled, as if I remember correctly even though you're using 2 EVE clients, your using One GPU all together, so both clients are sharing it. I would think you should go with Multi-GPU as both EVE Clients will use both GPUs.

SRS Industries
Posted - 2009.04.24 02:16:00 - [3]

eve does not support SLI, so performance should be the same.

Posted - 2009.04.24 05:01:00 - [4]

GeForce 9800GTX+ Specifications:

Core Clock: 738MHz
Process: 55nm/65nm
Shader Clock: 1836MHz
Memory Clock: ~1000MHz
Memory Type: GDDR3
Memory interface: 256-bit
Memory capacity: 512Mb
Stream Processor Unit / Unified shader number: 128
Standard Shader Model: 4.0
Standard DirectX Version: 10.0
Video playback technology: PureVideo PureVideo HD
SLI Support: Yes, 2-Way and 3-Way SLI
Other Technologies: OpenGL 2.1, PhysX Ready, CUDA Technology
Power Connector(s): Two 6-Pin PCI-E Connectors
Interface: PCIe 2.0
SLI Support: Three Card SLI Support
RRP: $229USD

GeForce 9800GX2 Specifications:

Core Clock: 600MHz
Cores: Two G92 Cores
Process: 65nm
Shader Clock: 1500MHz
Memory Clock: 2000MHz (1000MHz)
Memory Type: GDDR3
Memory interface: 256Bit X 2
Memory capacity: 512MB X 2
Stream Processor Unit / Unified shader number: 128 X 2 (265 Total)
Standard Shader Model: 4.0
Standard DirectX Version: 10
Video playback technology: PureVideo HD II/VP2
Interface: PCIe 2.0
SLI Support: Two Card SLI Support
RRP: $599USD

All you need to know really.

Life Eternal
Bedlam Alliance
Posted - 2009.04.24 05:01:00 - [5]

I do not think EVE supports PhysX. So instead try enabling SLI Antialiasing. There is a SLI profile for EVE but its settings may not be working with Apocrypha. You can create a new game profile and try out different SLI settings. See if that boosts your frame rate. You can find more detials here SLIZone


PS: Yes over all a 9800GX2 will beat a 9800GTX+ with the right settings. If SLI rendering is not working you can set the 2nd GPU for PhysX or AA. It is all about using the right settings for a given game.

Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2009.04.24 10:20:00 - [6]

Edited by: Opertone on 24/04/2009 10:27:48
Edited by: Opertone on 24/04/2009 10:22:39
Edited by: Opertone on 24/04/2009 10:21:42
hmmm, I don't know! but I have 9800 GX2 and I can't say that dual cards in one is 100% better than single card.

but the alternate and the split frame rendering have something to do when you want to use 2 graphical processors for single image.

you need to go to Nvidia control panel -> 3D settings -> Advanced settings (Manage 3D settings) -> Program Settings -> EvE -> Multi Gpu performance mode

The only way to use dual processors is to set it up either for alternating or split frames, which both are imperfect. If it splits the screen, one of the processors does the top and the other renders the bottom half of the image. This causes a neat black horizontal line between the halves, which reminds more of torn image. If it alternates the frames, each GPU does the other frame, which visually results in random frame skips and occasional slowness.

Anyway, I put the maximum performance mode and bypass all quality settings, for I see nothing extra in fog, anti-aliasing and texture filtering except the annoying slowness at peak scenes. And hell yeah, the dual mode cause random slowness when one of the GPU messes up and forces the other to 'slow down' or fail for a few moments.

Single processor mode grants more reliability in certain 'glitchy' games. With older set of drivers I had too many video driver failures on Call of Duty 4 when attempting to put dual processor mode. Single processor mode was more stable if I recall correctly.

Another clever use for 9800 GX2 is to use dual monitors, this way you can extend your screen or duplicate it. Since I don't have a second screen I prefer to run my secondary client in alt-tab mode on single screen. Then I also put a laptop in front of me, but that forces me to have two sets of controls, mice and keyboards.

I never run eve in windowed mode, it seems to be not very stable.

edit: oh, and by the way I get 400 FPS in station at 1920x1680 no HDR, no Bloom, 24 bit color and high for the rest.

I would not mind playing it and low low low settings like the old days of Doom and Quake! It is still eye candy when you get over 15 FPS!

Advanced Planetary Exports
Intergalactic Exports Group
Posted - 2009.04.24 11:32:00 - [7]

afaik, SLI & Crossfire wont work in DX9 windowed mode, Full screen only

in dx10 SLI/crossfire is supported + running a dx application windowed


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