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Windows 7: Nvidia settings and MSI Kombustor

13 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Nvidia settings and MSI Kombustor

Any particular setings in the control panel that I should be using?

I set my v-sync to force on and now in the gpu burn in, I get a steady frame rate of 60fps rather than 155fps which it was running at before, so what you might ask, well thing is even with post FX applied and 8X multisampling turned on, my GPU load was only 43%!

I have read that really you should use Kombustor to ascertain whether your video card is stable, firstly at stock frequencies but also at any overclock frequencies and that the tests should relate to what your usage would be, well surely V-sync is a good thing for that as anything above the V-sync frame rate is just a waste as your monitor cannot display it and its stressing your GPU far more than is needed.

In previous testing the GPU load went upto 98% which is fair enough you are pushng the card as far as it can and being sure it is stable, but in the real world when your running your games the speed of your monitor is the limitaton.

In my case a 1980x1080p HDTVat 60HZ, therefore my usage will ever only require that frame rate, as I say anything else is a waste, your graphics card is working hard but your moniitor cannot display it.

I know some monitors are 100hz and some 120hz, but at full load on the GPU my card was giving 155FPS, which is higher than most will ever need to go.

So another question, is testing this way a good thing? To me if my graphics card can do the job using 43% rather than needing 98% then V-sync is a good idea to turn on plus it will surely extend the life of your card.

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13 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

If you're benchmarking, I'd say turn off v-sync, as you'd really want to see what your card is capable of, not whether it tears, right? I'm not familiar with Afterburner so I couldn't help you tweak anything, sorry.

If you're playing games, though, I'd enable it if you never see fps below your refresh rate. If you play a game that's borderlining on your refresh rate at some points, or perhaps frequently, enable triple buffering if possible. If the frames would ever drop below your refresh rate with v-sync enabled and triple buffering disabled, it'll divide the refresh rate by a whole number, which could instantly half your frame rate, but with triple buffering enabled, your gpu would be keeping extra prerendered frames in yet another back buffer, giving it more to do instead of wasting time waiting for the screen to refresh.

I have no idea about v-syncing making your gpu last longer or not, though I'd surmise if it's generating less heat then it would take longer to degrade.
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