First off how do I display the frames per second? I've done a search on the forums here but cant find anything. Secondly, what does the texture filtering and sync every frame options do in the options settings? Lastly, I have an AMD Athlon 64 2000 MHz cpu, with 768 MB (I know a little low) RAM, and a GeForce 6800 GT vid card. Anyone have similar settings and getting great FPS? I want to mess with my options to get the best I can but I dont know how to show my FSP. Thanks for the help.
to draw fps drop down console (press the ` key), and type: /cg_drawfps "1"
Sync Every Frame is the one you want to avoid as it causes bad FPS. turn it off.
as for your RAM, it is just within the minimum range.
Ultimately, your FPS will be linked to the refresh rate of your monitor. That is because your graphics card detects what capabilities your monitor has. If is has a limit of 85 MHz, then there is no point setting FPS higher than that. On the other hand, if it goes to 125 MHz then your FPS will fall within this range.
Lots of people think that FPS is the thing which gives good gameplay - it isnt!! Its speed of Front Side Bus (FSB) on your mobo. If your mobo has a fast FSB then the shuttling of data backwards and forwards between your cpu and graphics card is the thing which will determine whether or not you have a good game. Thats because the rate of exhange of data between your pc and the server you're playing on will dictate whether or not you get your kill in first, or the enemy does.
Lastely, you can improve your game by turning down a setting. It's anisotrophy. this defaults to "8" which is high. turn it down to 2 or 3. Find this setting in your player profile (main folder).
/Moved to the Help forum
Thanks tally, that made some things clear to me as well :)
Great reply, thanks answered all my questions. Brings up one more though, to turn off the FPS do I type the same thing?
Oops nevermind I figured it out. Again thanks for all the help guys. Seems to me though that I cant get my FPS over the 50-60 mark. Mainly running in the high 30s-low 50s.
edit: I've fooled around with all the settings with nothing really being a big help or hurt so I assume it must be my RAM or my refresh rate. The front side bus info that you gave Tally was an excellent read and something I had never known before. Great info!
Since you are using 6800GT, I don't think there is any need to disbale or reduce Anisotropy most of the time. I am using Anisotropic filtering most of the time with my 6200 AGP. Which is a very low end card. But then again, for some reason if performance takes a hit, then you could try doing away with FSAA as well.
theres is a command that turns of AA capabilities.... /r_gpusync 0 but this may cause mouse/keyboard lag.
Why not just turn it off in the GPU properties? That wouldnt cause any problems that I know of.