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  • Optimum hardware for NS2????

    Hey everyone,

    I've been experiencing some fairly bad frame rates in NS2 lately which is why I've stopped playing for a while. When NS2 was originally released in 2012, I was able to play on full graphics settings without much drop in frames. Now, during large firefights, it becomes extremely difficult for me to aim properly and I end up dying to skulks glitching and teleporting around in mid-air. I applied lower graphics settings a few months ago which helped, but only slightly. And no, I don't play with full creep graphics enabled.

    My question is:
    Have any of you experienced the same issue after some of the recent updates to NS2?
    What is your frame-rate like during large fights?
    What components are in your machine?

    My PC can run BF3 on ultra just fine, its 3 years old now but is still fairly decent for gaming. I'm planning to build a new rig when the Haswell CPUs are released.

    My specs are as follows:

    i7 930 Processor @ 3.4GHz
    12GB DDR3 1600MHz Ram
    GeForce GTX570 OC Gigabyte
    SSD Hard Drive

  • #2
    Everything you have is fine except the CPU, I don't know if OC that will help too much (it will help but ...) tbh, I think you just need a newer model.

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    • #3
      I thought the i7 930 was still a powerful CPU still...but i guess its only the first gen. I've had a look at task manager during ns2 play, and the usage doesnt go past 50 percent. Weird!

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      • #4
        every ns2 player walks into the room: "lmao you gotta overclock and watercool that badboy. run it at 4.5GHz min idiot ur playin in the stone ages"

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        • #5
          Pretty much what TFF said. NS2 runs pretty well > 4Ghz. Although even then it'll still go to 60 with all the stupid late game shit going on. Particles fucking everywhere and what not.

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          • #6
            I'm getting the feeling NS2 renders its graphics with a bag of potatos. The engine must be fairly shit.

            http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthr...t=45123&page=1

            ^^ Just in case you're wanting a good read. I think ill be building a new rig when Haswell comes out.

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            • #7
              Yeah, typically a cpu with more threads the better, and overclocked. Its really weird that it isn't doing so well because the i7 930 has 8 threads. To give you an example of just how badly this game does on a beast machine, I have my 3770k overclocked to 4.6 ghz with a GTX680 and it still takes a dip late game... I do get 120-140 fps with all settings turned down, which is how I prefer to play NS2 anyways. You still have a ballin gpu though!
              AusNS2 Admin, CDT Member

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              • #8
                More threads won't help shit (unless you're talking up to a quad).

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                • #9
                  NS2 does most of its stuff (apart from loading maps) on one thread. That's why clockspeed tends to be the bottleneck (unless your graphics card is shite)
                  -/AUS/- PS_Mouse

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                  • #10
                    If you have multicore rendering enabled it will use the second thread for rendering, the reason I imagine having a quad is better than having a dual even though it only uses 2 threads is that the other 2 unused threads can be used for background applications while the first 2 get dedicated to the game. Not sure if it's smart enough to do this though.

                    I have an i7 2600k, actually ended up disabling HT so I could clock higher once I realised that I have no need for 8 threads at all.

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                    • #11
                      I had to push my 6-core AMD 1055T from 3.0 to 3.7 to get decent performance out of it. Whilst my other 5 cores sit there twiddling their thumbs.

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                      • #12
                        Stop playing on I live for the stomp and your NS2 experience will greatly improve.

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                        • #13
                          Ah sorry my mistake, I got it mixed up, although for future games and games coming out that are, you know, developed properly multicore support is becoming more important, am I right?
                          AusNS2 Admin, CDT Member

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                          • #14
                            Multithreading will eventually become more supported however I hear it's a bitch to program and even once it does become supported, we're talking 2-4 threads max for a fair few years I'd imagine.

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                            • #15
                              If NS2 doesn't utilize additional threads/cores, that would make sense. Still, I would've thought overclocking to have a bigger impact. So the GTX570 is still a decent card?
                              It shits me that in 2013, developers are still releasing software that don't take advantage of extra cores. It sounds like I could get similar performance out of an old Pentium 4 3GHz.
                              Haha yeah I love for stomp is infested with aids...I only play there if all other servers are full.

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