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CyberRaptor

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#1 12 years ago

Anyone tried this yet?. I've heard that changing the "DoSpecularPass=(x)" setting from 1 to 0 can cause a significant increase in performance. There is lots of stuff that can only be adjusted by editing this file, but if you choose to do so, be careful because some of it can mess up the game so that it will be unplayable. In short, make a backup first.

Really though, the purpose of this thread is for those with technical knowledge to list any sort of tweaks that could improve the frame rate in Oblivion without sacrificing too much in the area of visual quality.




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#2 12 years ago

euh, I'm kind of a noob if it comes down to tweaking...so where do I find this file??


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#3 12 years ago

Most likely somewhere in the directory you installed Oblivion lol. I don't think I would be messing with that setting because it sounds like if you changed it to 0 or off, then it would disable specular maps and specular lighting. I'm not entirely sure but if I'm right this would probably reduce visual quality quite dramatically. By all means try it, make a backup first and if there is not too much of a visual hit, report your findings back to us.




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#4 12 years ago

I've heard of it, but I'm waiting for a more "official" guide to tweaking Oblivion from Tweak Guides.




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#5 12 years ago
wigglewormMost likely somewhere in the directory you installed Oblivion lol. I don't think I would be messing with that setting because it sounds like if you changed it to 0 or off, then it would disable specular maps and specular lighting. I'm not entirely sure but if I'm right this would probably reduce visual quality quite dramatically. By all means try it, make a backup first and if there is not too much of a visual hit, report your findings back to us.

Not really. Specular causes a significant performance hit when enabled and turned up, and the increase in visual quality is questionable. In fact, I don't even likethe effect it produces. I would recommend disabling it completely unless: A) You have a high-end machine B) Happen to like the way it looks.

Ditto for Bloom. I don't particularly like the way it changes the graphics (gives it a fuzzy look IMO), and the performance increase adds an even greater incentive to disable it. Can't speak for HDR, because I can't use it but I've heard that if you have the hardware to run it, it looks great.

By the way, "Oblivion.ini" is by default located at "My Documents/My Games/Oblivion

Be sure not to mistake it for a similar file called OblivionDefault.ini or something similar. That is not the file you want to edit.




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#6 12 years ago

yea i think i know how to tweak this pretty good. for some reason im not currently able to use HDR as it says "(unsupported)" but my card should support it which is strange. i set the HDR option to 1 in the .ini file and some other blurpasses so ill see if it works finally.




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#7 12 years ago
NN435yea i think i know how to tweak this pretty good. for some reason im not currently able to use HDR as it says "(unsupported)" but my card should support it which is strange. i set the HDR option to 1 in the .ini file and some other blurpasses so ill see if it works finally.

If you have AA on, I don't think your card can do HDR. Try turning of AA and see if it allows HDR then.

I'm pretty sure only the x1000 series cards can do both AA and HDR at the same time.




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#8 12 years ago

Yeah that's true oblivious, you could always turn off AA. As for bloom being 'fuzzy', I think it's supposed to be like that to make it look more like you're looking at it through your eyes. The fuzzyness is sort of the blur you experience when something is very bright.




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#9 12 years ago

I have question. I noticed the following setting in the Oblivion.ini file. Anyone know what effect this might have if changed?

bUseHardDriveCache=0




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#10 12 years ago

It would use space on your hard drive to cache (store) textures. This would makes load times shorter but you would have a lot of stutters in game while textures are being changed between your HD and graphics card. You could always try it and tell us if there's a performance increase.




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