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#1 Jul 15 2010 at 11:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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Reposting this from the feedback forum since I put it in the wrong subforum :(.

If you turn off Aero in Windows7, you can gain a significant amount of frames.

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Original 720p score: 2501
With Aero Turned Off: 2990 (had a few firefox windows open).

How to?

Simply navigate to whereever you installed the benchmark (or perhaps the beta executable if you're that lucky which I am not :( ).

Right-click on the executable.

Click on the properties button.

Under the compatibility tab, check disable desktop composition. What this does is it shuts off graphics being used on themes and stuff (stuff that doesn't matter when you're in a game).

Click apply.

Run benchmark again and enjoy :).

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 10:32pm by desmar
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#2 Jul 15 2010 at 11:53 PM Rating: Decent
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I just did this and got a score about 1000 points LOWER than before. Lol... This was on low settings by the way.
#3 Jul 15 2010 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm assuming using this technique on the game itself should help it run better also.. and it's not just benchmark specific
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This is only helpful in windowed mode. If you intend to play the game in full screen, this doesn't really matter to you.
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#5 Jul 16 2010 at 1:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Why did it lower my performance by 1000 points? O.o
#6 Jul 16 2010 at 1:19 AM Rating: Good
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I'm assuming that when the game is released, it will have a fullscreen mode; Aero shouldn't affect that.

But for the purposes of windowed mode (ick), it makes sense that disabling Aero would improve performance.
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#7 Jul 16 2010 at 1:22 AM Rating: Decent
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I scored a 5143 on low, and a 4,567 on high. Dell Xps 9000. 8gb ram, atihd5870 and an i7 920@2.67. Doesn't the gap seem a little small between the two? I'm not complaining, but I'm wondering if one should be higher, or lower, or since low/high go off cpu/gpu that it just means my cpu/gpu are about equal.
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#8 Jul 16 2010 at 4:25 AM Rating: Decent
ImmT wrote:
I scored a 5143 on low, and a 4,567 on high. Dell Xps 9000. 8gb ram, atihd5870 and an i7 920@2.67. Doesn't the gap seem a little small between the two? I'm not complaining, but I'm wondering if one should be higher, or lower, or since low/high go off cpu/gpu that it just means my cpu/gpu are about equal.

Actually, if you don't have much performance loss between low and high, that's good.
#9 Jul 16 2010 at 5:29 AM Rating: Decent
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I scored 300 points lower doing this, a 1900.

Without doing anything I score 2293 on Low.


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#10 Jul 16 2010 at 6:14 AM Rating: Good
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But for the purposes of windowed mode (ick), it makes sense that disabling Aero would improve performance.



Unless the game force quits like XI when you alt tab out to do computery stuff with your computer. Then ick on fullscreen.
#11 Jul 16 2010 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
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Sephrick wrote:
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But for the purposes of windowed mode (ick), it makes sense that disabling Aero would improve performance.



Unless the game force quits like XI when you alt tab out to do computery stuff with your computer. Then ick on fullscreen.


I'm pretty sure I read that alt-tabbing out of fullscreen will be allowed. At any rate, I have my imac set up next to my gaming system because I generally would prefer -not- to alt-tab. Easier to leave Pidgin, Safari, and iTunes open on the iMac and do what I need to do without interrupting my games. So even if I can't alt-tab, it won't affect me that much. I -loathe- playing a game in a window if I can play it in fullscreen.
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Boosted my score by about 300 on low, about 100 on high, and that's while I was doing a whole bunch of goofy stuff in the background. I imagine this will be a good little bump once I stop trying to download and install an entire new computer's worth of software (games) while I run the bench.

Thanks for the tip.
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This would be more helpful to people running multiple monitors, because Windows 7 does not disable desktop composition when running games fullscreen on one monitor (you can clearly see Aero effects running on the other monitor).
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Not really sure how much this will actually help when running the real game but it was nice to see my score go from 4600 to 4800 ^.^
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#15 Aug 29 2010 at 9:24 AM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Sephrick wrote:
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But for the purposes of windowed mode (ick), it makes sense that disabling Aero would improve performance.



Unless the game force quits like XI when you alt tab out to do computery stuff with your computer. Then ick on fullscreen.


I'm pretty sure I read that alt-tabbing out of fullscreen will be allowed. At any rate, I have my imac set up next to my gaming system because I generally would prefer -not- to alt-tab. Easier to leave Pidgin, Safari, and iTunes open on the iMac and do what I need to do without interrupting my games. So even if I can't alt-tab, it won't affect me that much. I -loathe- playing a game in a window if I can play it in fullscreen.
Beta didn't allow alt-tabbing on full screen mode, and I seriously doubt the retail version will, either way, who is going to use a MMORPG on full screen?, specially with all the extra "necessary applications" ventrilo, fraps, etc.

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Tenfooterten wrote:
ImmT wrote:
I scored a 5143 on low, and a 4,567 on high. Dell Xps 9000. 8gb ram, atihd5870 and an i7 920@2.67. Doesn't the gap seem a little small between the two? I'm not complaining, but I'm wondering if one should be higher, or lower, or since low/high go off cpu/gpu that it just means my cpu/gpu are about equal.

Actually, if you don't have much performance loss between low and high, that's good.


It has nothing to do with being good or bad. It just means that the CPU is bottlenecking the performance on low.
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#17 Aug 29 2010 at 11:33 AM Rating: Decent
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ImmT wrote:
I scored a 5143 on low, and a 4,567 on high. Dell Xps 9000. 8gb ram, atihd5870 and an i7 920@2.67. Doesn't the gap seem a little small between the two? I'm not complaining, but I'm wondering if one should be higher, or lower, or since low/high go off cpu/gpu that it just means my cpu/gpu are about equal.


I'm confused how my scores are better and you have more RAM than I do...
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DesmondTierney wrote:
ImmT wrote:
I scored a 5143 on low, and a 4,567 on high. Dell Xps 9000. 8gb ram, atihd5870 and an i7 920@2.67. Doesn't the gap seem a little small between the two? I'm not complaining, but I'm wondering if one should be higher, or lower, or since low/high go off cpu/gpu that it just means my cpu/gpu are about equal.


I'm confused how my scores are better and you have more RAM than I do...
Because RAM has become increasingly cheaper and more efficient, now days it's hardly the bottle neck of computer processing as it was few years ago, GPU and CPU processing speed play a bigger role in your game's performance.

With the current prices and accessibility, I will go as far as to say that I won't be surprised if RAM become (again) an integrated component of mother boards in the near future.

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