Improving Hawken Crossfire & Vsync Performance

Posted: November 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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UPDATE3: After poking inside the CAP file from 13.2 beta 6, I noticed they finally changed the profile to HawkenGame*.exe, so my crossfire fix should no longer be needed (unless you’re using older CAPs of course).

UPDATE2: It seems you dont need to force triple buffering anymore as of the current beta (December 14), so the only thing to do is force the correct driver profile. (still have to force TB on my 570m as of September 2013)

UPDATE: So the new open beta is interesting, the menus are killing performance for me (4870×2 Catalyst 12.6l), but it’s pretty decent in game. Everything is maxed and I appear to be cpu limited (q9550 at 3.6ghz). Moving around does result in lower framerates like the closed alpha and beta, but maybe it’s a bit more stable now. Also, lowering resolution increases performance when not cpu limited, compared to before where for some reason it ran fastest for me at 1920×1200 native. So try the open beta, do not be alarmed at the awful menu and garage framerates, just start the tutorial or play a match, and remember to force triple buffering if using vsync.

Seems like this is another odd case of poor vsync coming from a recent Unreal Engine 3 game. So if you want to play Hawken with vsync, you better force triple buffering in D3DOverrider, RadeonPro, or similar programs.

As for the driver profile, the exe name is incorrect. The current beta and previous alpha are HawkenGame-Win32-Shipping.exe, while the driver is expecting just HawkenGame.exe. Maybe the developer renamed the game exe recently, oh well.

So what you want to do is either rename your game exe to HawkenGame.exe, or make a crossfire profile in CCC/RadeonPro to load the driver’s Hawken profile.

Last Modified: September 23rd, 2013

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Improving Sniper Ghost Warrior Crossfire Performance

Posted: September 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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Apparently I forgot to tell people… use the Call of Juarez Bound in Blood profile, CoJBiBGame_x86.exe, now Sniper Ghost Warrior will now scale nicely. You may see some slight flickers when blood effects are on screen, no big deal.

Last Modified: September 16th, 2012

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Improving Tribes Ascend Crossfire & Vsync Performance

Posted: May 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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UPDATE: I have tried the game recently, looks like the current driver profile doesn’t scale very well and maxes out GPU usage, so I will just force AFR and not care about any flickers I spot. You do still have to force triple buffering unlike Hawken.

Set TribesAscend.exe to use the AFR-Friendly or Mass Effect 3 profile, either from CCC or RadeonPro. Now most importantly, use D3DOverrider to force triple buffering if you want to use vsync. Enable vsync itself from the game or with D3DOverrider, but the main thing is to have triple buffering forced. Seems certain Unreal Engine 3 games struggle and stutter with the internal game vsync.

If the rare flickering bothers you (ski training, shadows on gun when you start and aim around), try the Hard Reset profile, but the framerate might be a tad slower.

Last Modified: December 20th, 2012

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Improving Nexuiz Crossfire Performance

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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Of course, you would use Crysis2.exe since it’s the same engine. You might see small amounts of sky/light flickers from time to time, or possibly the sky’s brightness ends up a little overblown. Another profile that might scale without flickering is Optimize 1×1.

Last Modified: September 16th, 2012

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Improving Nuclear Dawn Crossfire Performance

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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After some testing, you might as well use the Portal 2 profile, Portal2.exe. Now you will get scaling and the in-game minimap will not flicker. The only issue is that when you open the menu while in game, the background will flicker between different frames.

These other profiles also should work the same way: ACR.exe, HardReset.exe, Shaun White Skateboarding.exe, wic.exe

Other source engine profiles do NOT help, either the map flickers or you don’t get any scaling, so don’t bother with left4dead.exe, dota2.exe, or csgo.exe.

Last Modified: April 27th, 2012

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Improving TrackMania United Forever Crossfire Performance

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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Just use the Company of Heroes profile, RelicCOH.exe. Some demanding tracks may not scale much or at all, but the simpler ones do get a boost. Plus the GPU usage should be cleaner instead of getting no scaling and twice the power draw/heat generation.

Last Modified: April 27th, 2012

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Getting Crossfire Back In Serious Sam HD After 11.8 CAP 3

Posted: September 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Tips/Tutorials
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UPDATE 2: Now that you can set custom profiles in CCC, you might be able to force GRID’s profile for Serious Sam HD. (I don’t have Sam installed right now.)

UPDATE: It seems radeonpro is NOT applying itself, so I guess the only options are to stay on an older CAP, find a CAP switcher, get a faster single GPU card, use a crack (which would disable achievements and multiplayer), somehow trick steam into loading renamed .exes (could an NTFS junction work?), or have Croteam make us a copy of the game exe that’s named as GRID.exe, since attempting that yourself just closes the renamed .exe and launches SamHD.exe.

The latest CAP disables crossfire in the Serious Sam HD games due to crashes happening near water. This should be a game issue that also affects SLI. I assume The Second Encounter will act the same as my testing of The First Encounter.

But if you don’t mind the possible crashing and want to get your framerate back to where it was before, just force the Race Driver GRID profile in radeonpro.

Last Modified: April 27th, 2012

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Improving Unreal Development Kit Crossfire Performance

Posted: August 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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UPDATE: Turn off vsync if you enabled it in the .ini files. Use D3DOverrider with triple buffering instead.

Simply rename UDK.exe found in the Bin32 folder to AliceMadnessReturns.exe. Make sure to have the latest CAP, and it still works even with my sparkling spots fix, which uses 11.2 dlls.

The Alice profile is almost as fast as other profiles like Crysis 2, but without flickering of the water or other artifacts.

The following screenshots are of a 4870×2.

Last Modified: May 1st, 2012

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Improving Hydrophobia: Prophecy Crossfire Performance

Posted: July 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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Once again, like the Section 8: Prejudice trick, grab RadeonPro (since it’s a steam game) and simply use the Half-Life 2 crossfire profile. Apparently other profiles flicker or do not scale as well.

Credit goes to spyre who noticed this… months ago. I’m not sure why it’s still not in the CAPs or drivers.

Last Modified: April 27th, 2012

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Improving Section 8: Prejudice Crossfire Performance

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Crossfire Scaling, Hardware, Software, Tips/Tutorials
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UPDATE: Another profile that scales and doesn’t flicker is Company of Heroes, RelicCOH.exe. It might even be a bit faster than Dark Void’s.

After a fair amount of testing, the Dark Void profile gives the performance boost of the FEAR profile without the flickering.

So what you need to do is grab RadeonPro so you can make a profile for the game. You can’t simply do the exe rename trick, as it has a launcher that blocks you from starting from the game exe directly.

Once inside RadeonPro, push the ‘add a new profile’ button and select S9-Win32-F.exe from the Binaries/Win32 folder of the game. Go to the tweaks tab and click ‘manage custom profiles’, then add Dark Void as ‘ShippingPC-SkyGame.exe‘. Now to fix the launcher issue, go to the launcher tab and select ‘Games for Windows Live’ from the dropdown, then pick the actual launcher exe, which is S9.exe in the root folder of the game.

This should do it until a profile gets built into the drivers. Enjoy!

Last Modified: April 27th, 2012

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