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September 4, 2013 1:41:31 PM

Hi - I recently splurged for my birthday and got a GTX 780, which is pretty fun.

I am trying to optimize SWTOR and for Total War Rome 2 for everything my game can handle. I have the settings maxed in-game for SWTOR and Total War Rome 2, but still see aliasing issues something and shimmering/flashing shadows.

What are the optimal settings in nvidia control, if you could go through it line-by-line for a max system (Titan or GTX 780)? I appreciate your help

Ambient occlusion: []
Antistropic filtering: []
Antialiasing - fxaa: []
Antialiasting - gamma correction: []
Antialiasing mode: []
antialiasing setting: []
antialiasing - transparency: []
CUDA - GPUS: []
maximum pre-rendered frames: []
multi-display mixed gpu acceleration: []
Power management mode: []
Texture filtering - negative LOD bias: []
Texture filtering - quality: []
Threaded optimization: []
Triple buffering: []
Vertical sync: []

I would appreciate a full answer to this question, not just one comment about anti-aliasing or a comment about how it's complicated and ten paragraphs of text or multiple links

I love this site and have posted many times - just cutting to the chase because I know the usual range of responses before someone kindly actually answers the question

I appreciate your help

And, as always, I have the most recent drivers, I know about beta drivers, please don't mention anything about drivers.

Thanks much

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September 4, 2013 2:20:11 PM

Ambient occlusion: [Application Controlled]
Antistropic filtering: [x16 or Application Controlled]
Antialiasing - fxaa: [Depends on the game, but you should not need it, so off or Application Controlled]
Antialiasting - gamma correction: [On]
Antialiasing mode: [This should be Application Controlled, unless you know the game does a bad job of it normally]
antialiasing setting: [As high as you can push it or Application Controlled]
antialiasing - transparency: [As high as you can push it]
CUDA - GPUS: [All if allowed]
maximum pre-rendered frames: [Application Controlled]
multi-display mixed gpu acceleration: [Not entirely sure, I have one monitor so I go with single performance]
Power management mode: [Max performance]
Texture filtering - negative LOD bias: [Clamp]
Texture filtering - quality: [High Quality]
Threaded optimization: [Auto]
Triple buffering: [On if you have Vsync on. This helps to keep things smooth, but occasionally causes input lag depending on the game (common issue with older games i think)]
Vertical sync: [To avoid any tearing, leave this on or Application Controlled if the application handles it well.]

You could also try downsampling. I've recently been testing this out on my GTX 670 and results are pretty good. Most of my game work just fine, but I do get the occasional issue with not having enough VRAM (Modded Skyrim, Crysis 2). Also there are some games which just don't allow for any other resolutions other than the ones they have listed and some games which do not like downsampling what so-ever (Portal 2 and Left For Dead 2 don't like AA + Downsampling). It is a fun thing to try if you want to push your card to the limit with eyecandy in games you know your GPU will naturally ace with their normal ultra or max settings.

Here is a wikia guide for downsampling: http://screenarchery.wikia.com/wiki/Downsampling_%E2%80...

This is more of a guideline of things you can do, but you need to have a play. The best way to know these things is to try them for yourself. You can use a combination of things, find out what works the best for each game or if it works for most games, set it as the global and just change things up where it is needed.

Hope this helps.
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September 4, 2013 2:44:46 PM

You rock, period. Thanks
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September 4, 2013 2:48:01 PM

Keep in mind alot of these settings wont actually apply, the driver restricts them as there are rare incompatibilities with certain games. To make 100% sure they are in effect you have to set these through Nvidia Inspector.
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September 4, 2013 2:52:06 PM

pyjamascat - you have changed my gaming LIFE

These settings are giving me the best video performance I have ever had and have eliminated, finally, persistent shadow and texturing aliasing problems I have had for 7 years

I literally just did a backflip. I can finally play GTA IV, SWTOR, Dota 2, Crysis, everything, without any aliasing problems

Wowwwwwww
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September 4, 2013 5:17:34 PM

yabadabadoo said:
pyjamascat - you have changed my gaming LIFE

These settings are giving me the best video performance I have ever had and have eliminated, finally, persistent shadow and texturing aliasing problems I have had for 7 years

I literally just did a backflip. I can finally play GTA IV, SWTOR, Dota 2, Crysis, everything, without any aliasing problems

Wowwwwwww


Your very welcome. :)  Do keep in mind what cookybiscuit said.
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"Keep in mind alot of these settings wont actually apply, the driver restricts them as there are rare incompatibilities with certain games. To make 100% sure they are in effect you have to set these through Nvidia Inspector. "


Also, have you tried the downsampling yet? Some menus may scale to the full res instead of the displayed res, but other than that you should have a fantastic jaggy-free experience.

Glad to hear I have helped! :D 
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November 22, 2013 5:35:50 PM

Does this apply to the gtx 760 also>
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November 23, 2013 12:49:04 PM

Hey, this what I use:

- Ambient Occlusion - Off (use the ingame option (SSAO, higher not worth it IMO)),

- Anisotropic filtering - leave it on 16x (if you can adjust it ingame, set it to 16x and watch your FPS via fraps or console, if you notice performance drop, set it to off ingame, otherwise leave it on 16x ingame too),

- FXAA - Off (you don't need this, causes blurring),

- Gamma correction - On (explains itself),

- Antialiasing - Mode - Override Application Settings ( if the game has its own AA settings set it to 4x MSAA),

- Antialiasing - Setting - 4x [4x Multisampling] (IMHO, over 4x not worth the performance drop, this still looks amazing and yet, you still maintain solid FPS),

- Antialiasing - Transparency - 4x Supersampling

- CUDA - GPUs - All,

- Maximum pre-rendered frames - 1 ( eliminates input lag in many FPS games (CoD Ghosts), so use 1, never had trouble with it),

- Multi-dipslay/Gpu acceleration - Single display performance mode (or Multi if you have more than 1),

- Power management mode - Prefer maximum performance,

- Negative Lod Bias - Clamp,

- Texture Filtering - High quality (don't go lower than this, lower settings may cause blurring in some games),

- Threaded optimization - On (if you play older games sometimes, use Auto setting, but I'm not a fan of auto stuff),

- Triple buffering - Off (its only works with Vertical Sync),

- Vertical sync - better Off (Since it causes trouble if on in some games, better if off).
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December 11, 2013 5:11:05 PM

I know this is kind of an old thread BUT, with the current drivers Ambient Occlusion only has the options of Off, Performance, or Quality. Should I go with off and like the above poster recommended use any in game settings? I've been building my own systems for years but they performed great with the defaults after installing drivers and such so well enough I haven't gone deep into tweaking things.

My new system I'm trying to get everything optimized to be the best it can be, little OC'ing here and there on my CPU, XMP on my RAM, etc.

Just looking for suggestions.

Thanks!
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December 11, 2013 5:11:36 PM

EDIT: double post, but I found more info to add so:

Antialiasing - Mode: settings available are off, enhance application setting, or override application setting. Is enhance worth it? Better?

Antialiasing - Setting: Options range from 2x, 4x, 8x CSAA, 8x, 16x CSAA, 16xQ CSAA, 32x CSAA. I ask about this because PyjamasCat said as high as you can push it, but therampard says he uses 4x. Also since the previous option is override or enhance, I don't know what combo to use (sounds like these may be newer options in the driver, but as I said I haven't looked at these settings since I had an 8800).

Multi-Display/Mixed-GPU Acceleration: I'll probably have to go ask an Nvidia pro about this on their site, but reading the description it sounds like (I do use multiple monitors, 2 plugged into my card, 1 using the onboard) Compatibility Performance Mode is only if you have your game(s) spam multiple monitors, which I don't and use my primary as gaming so it *sounds* like I could use single and be fine. Again though, I'll need an Nvidia guru to verify so I'll head over there next.

Preferred refresh rate: I'm going to go with highest available since my monitor is capable of 144Hz refresh rates. Any input is appreciated here as well.

Thanks in advance for anyone who reads and happens to respond!
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December 11, 2013 7:19:17 PM

MaximumRico said:
EDIT: double post, but I found more info to add so:

Antialiasing - Mode: settings available are off, enhance application setting, or override application setting. Is enhance worth it? Better?

Antialiasing - Setting: Options range from 2x, 4x, 8x CSAA, 8x, 16x CSAA, 16xQ CSAA, 32x CSAA. I ask about this because PyjamasCat said as high as you can push it, but therampard says he uses 4x. Also since the previous option is override or enhance, I don't know what combo to use (sounds like these may be newer options in the driver, but as I said I haven't looked at these settings since I had an 8800).

Multi-Display/Mixed-GPU Acceleration: I'll probably have to go ask an Nvidia pro about this on their site, but reading the description it sounds like (I do use multiple monitors, 2 plugged into my card, 1 using the onboard) Compatibility Performance Mode is only if you have your game(s) spam multiple monitors, which I don't and use my primary as gaming so it *sounds* like I could use single and be fine. Again though, I'll need an Nvidia guru to verify so I'll head over there next.

Preferred refresh rate: I'm going to go with highest available since my monitor is capable of 144Hz refresh rates. Any input is appreciated here as well.

Thanks in advance for anyone who reads and happens to respond!


Ambient Occlusion: Really depends whether your GPU can handle it or not, and whether it will actually show up in game. I find that this setting is best left to the game settings.

AA Mode: Depends on the game again. Some games will work well with driver forced AA and some won't. You may also find that the game does not incorporate AA very well and you can use the override or enhance settings.

AA Setting: Generally if you have lots of GPU power to spare, you can ramp this up. Most people don't care for the hardly visible improvements beyond 4xMSAA though. That is usually enough for any game. Another thing is the AA Transparency setting. This can provide large improvements in cleaning up edges but for large performance costs. I would use this in games that don't AA wires, hair and leaves very well and avoid pushing AA Setting past 4xMSAA.

Multi-display: I believe this only affects those running games across multiple monitors. Performance mode is faster, but can cause some graphical glitches apparently. But do ask an Nvidia Guru.

Preferred refresh rate: Is this a setting? or is it the V-sync setting? Vysnc off is fine if you don't notice screen tear or if your monitor doesn't show screen tear too much. Generally, for those who do notice it, V-sync on can help smooth gameplay and reduce power consumption (and heat) for the GPU.

It is a lot, but you will find the best or preferred settings with a bit of play.
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January 7, 2015 8:16:08 AM

how about gtx 980
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