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#1 Feb 18 2011 at 9:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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So for the past few days I have been trying to all my settings configured for FFXIV after doing some PC upgrades and adding another XFX ATI-5770 in CrossfireX mode. I was warned about the headaches of using Crossfire and the issues with FFXIV before doing so but figured I would give it a shot anyways.

I should also mention that after seeing the results from running 2 GPU's in CrossfireX I am upgrading to (2) ATI-5950's

I spent a lot of time reading information on various websites and trying some new software and some tweaks to help performance, some helped before the latest Catalyst and some were a waste of time. After doing so I though it would have been nice to have a simple walkthrough for configuring graphic settings for FFXI. So here we go:

please note that Crossfire only works in Full Screen mode and will not work on Windowed mode

DOWNLOADS

1. Download the newest version of Catalyst for your OS here: Catalyst 11.2
2. Download the latest ATI Catalyst™ Application Profiles here: CAP 11.2
3. Download a simple program to remove old drivers from PC here: Download Sweeper 2.1.0
4. Download a very help tool that works with ATI CCC here: RadeonPro 1.1.0.6

INSTALLING NEW CATALYST DRIVERS

1. Uninstall AMD Catalyst Suite from Control Panel. Don't Express Uninstall if you have an AMD chipset motherboard.
(If you're running a fully AMD motherboard using a chipset such as 790GX, 780G, 890FX, 760G etc. DO NOT use Express Uninstall of all AMD Catalyst Software as it may be ninja uninstalling your chipset drivers. Instead choose Uninstall Manager --> Custom --> And choose all of the modules on the list *your chipset drivers won't be one of these selections*.)

2. After the driver uninstall is complete, Run Driver Sweeper > ATI Display > Analyze > Clean
(if you install ASC below run a scan as well and repair)

3. Reboot your system and install the newest Catalyst Drivers do not worry about adjusting any settings just make sure CrossfireX is enabled. Then install the ATI Application Profiles you downloaded.

4. Next install RadeonPRO and open it up. You're going to want to create a profile for FFXIV. Click the Add New Profile button at the top of the RadeonPRO interface. Browse to where FFXIV is installed. It's usually installed in C:\Program Files\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV find your ffxivgame.exe and click the Open button. You now have a profile in your RadeonPRO window.
(under the Launchers tab I also added the FFXIVboot.exe file)

5. Next select the profile on the left hand side of the RadeonPRO interface. On the right hand side you will see several tabs. Click the Visual tab and where it says Vertical Sync Control put a checkmark in the box. Now set the slider to On, unless application specifies.

6. Next click the Tweaks tab and where it says Vsync Control, set it to Force On. Put a check in the box next to Triple Buffering. Put a check in the box next to Force Aggressive API Detection level. In the Display Refresh Rate box type in '60' so it says 60 Hz

7. All done, now close RadeonPRO into the toolbar tray by hitting the close button. It should minimize right into the tray and stay running.

8. One last Reboot for good times and you should be good to go.

FFXIV CONFIG SETTINGS

Until this recent update I was unable to get RadeonPro or the ATI CCC to override the AA settings in FFXIV. I will leave this section open for later after I get more feedback, but you should now have more control over your settings.

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Fraps - universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks.

FFXIV Windower - All this aplication does is take an already windowed game (using SE's windowed mode option) and reposition the game so that the borders are off of the screen. This gives it a psuedo full screen effect like FF11 Windower did and like other games Full Screen Windowed mode options.

RESOURCES

http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/17680-how-to-get-crossfire-actually-working/
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=327922
http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/28050-catalyst-vonmodded-drivers-for-amd-radeon/page__hl__+radeonpro%20+guide
#2 Feb 18 2011 at 10:48 AM Rating: Decent
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ShaunB wrote:
I should also mention that after seeing the results from running 2 GPU's in CrossfireX I am upgrading to (2) ATI-5950's

Does this mean that you saw substantial FFXIV performance improvement with the addition of a second 5770? Any numbers to go by?

I'm considering getting a second 5770 ATM. My performance in the beta with 1 5770 was pretty decent.
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#3 Feb 18 2011 at 2:22 PM Rating: Decent
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there were a lot of improvements but the 5770's were not enough to play max settings so I am trying the higher cards. I am afraid that it isn't the video cards fault about frame rate drops but latency or server issues.

I was very happy with one 5770 and though another 5770 would be overkill, I was mistaken. Being forced to run in Full Screen was really a deal breaker for me, I ran windowed mode before adding the second card and just counldn't adjust for the gains I did get in Crossfire.

I am hoping with 2 new 6950's I will be able to max all settings in Crossfire to play Full Screen or play very high settings Windowed. I also added an i7 875K cpu to my order and will be testing the cpu using the 5770's before changing over to the new GPU's.

I am currently running an overclock i5 650 and was curious if my CPU was the issue not the 5770's.

Hope all this info helps, as of right now without testing the new CPU if I could go back I would not have added another 5770 and just went with the 6950. Just the one card in basically 2 5770's.
#4 Feb 19 2011 at 7:50 PM Rating: Good
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I recently picked up a GeForce gtx560 Ti superclocked its a great card for ffxiv. its basically the equivalent to the 6950 it seems.

I thought the GTX560 Ti would blow ffxiv away in terms of graphics but i was amazed to find out i couldnt even turn on AA without my FPS taking a huge hit, i have a happy medium at all standard settings. game runs extremely smooth, but i would like it to look better, maybe ill pick up another card, but then ill need a new mobo, and new ram, and new cpu, maybe a new psu, and maybe, nevermind ffxiv runs fine...
#5 Feb 21 2011 at 7:12 PM Rating: Decent
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I run 2x VisionTek 3870s all maxed except 8/10 for quality and occlusion. I use GenetiX latest modded Catalyst, Radeon Pro. CAP 12.2 (thanks guru3d)

I force sync off, force high CPU and alternate frame rendering (MVPU mode). AI = advanced. Max AA is 8Q (set in FFXIV options).

It really does suck having to always play full-screen, windower doesn't spoof full-screen so card#2 does nothing, unless there is a fix to that?

I know my E8400 is slowing me down a hair, getting a K series i7 soon ^^

FYI my addition of a Crucial SSD for my Win7/FF (just a 64GB) cut my load times to about 25% of my Caviar Black.

Edited, Feb 23rd 2011 1:19pm by SpelunkerOne
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#6 Feb 25 2011 at 3:27 AM Rating: Decent
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After setting up Radeon Pro I honestly can't see an improvement in performance over a single card.
#7 Feb 25 2011 at 7:55 AM Rating: Good
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Honestly you will prolly only see an improvement now in Crossfire, b/c of the ATI Profiles
#8 Feb 26 2011 at 5:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Is there a trick to opening CCC now? I downloaded the latest version when I downloaded Radeon Pro and now I can't seem to get CCC to launch.
#9 Mar 08 2011 at 4:17 AM Rating: Decent
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Hello,

i recently installed a 2nd msi hd 5770 hawk and improvement with only catalyst drivers and CAP is quite low. Moreover i can't overclock my GPUs anymore because of the temperature which makes my computer shutting down. But it isn't my principal problem.

I wanted to use radeonpro to enhance my crossfire settings. But when i launch FFXIV it crash just after the loggin phase (when it switch to full screen).

I'm sure it is the fault of radeonpro because when i don't use it, the game has no problems.

Can someone help me?? why radeon pro is making my game crashing??

My config:

- intel i5 760 on an asus P7P55D-E (little CPU overclocking with asus software (asus evo)) + Cooler Master Hyper TX3 as CPU fan
- 4go ram
- crossfire of 2 msi hd5770 hawk

Thanks
#10 Mar 10 2011 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey exaldin,

Have you followed all of the steps in the initial post?

Chances are you won't need new drivers for Xfire, but a fresh removal/install never hurts either.

CCC by default disables Xfire, and Xfire is never enabled in windowed mode, only full-screen.

using Radeon Pro, you need to setup a profile, link that to the FFXIVgame.exe and set the launcher to FFXIVboot.exe

the get all the AA/MVPU/Sync setting you want applied to the profile and make it a favorite

At that point, you can just right click they tray icon, favorites - FFXIV and launch there.

If you set specific Xfire hotkey (and disabled aero for example)it should be quite apparent that the profile is indeed applied. But launching via RadeonPro means you know for sure its activating the profile.

I set Xfire mode to F12, this will pop-up the graphic representation of the GPU1/GPU2 usuage (large red bars on left side of screen). i think RP defaults this to F8, but that is an important targeting key.
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#11 Mar 10 2011 at 2:20 PM Rating: Decent
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you should install MSI Afterburner and set the on screen display of GPU usage/temp for both gpu's for better troubleshooting, if both GPU's are going over 50% usage at the same time that means crossfire is working, if they max out at 49-50% usage each and you are getting low frame rates that means something isn't set right.
a few drivers ago i had to use radeon pro to get crossifre to work but since the last few updates/drivers both gpu's will go up to the 70%+ gpu usage range with 60 fps without radeon pro.
#12 Mar 11 2011 at 8:17 AM Rating: Decent
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I noticed CrossfireX working with the most recent driver. I was getting 38~ fps in the city and 52-60 fps in the outer areas runnign 2 x 5850s however I had to turn the clock down on my CPU to 3.8 (Phenom II) and I think this is bottlenecking the GPU now. I actually installed Radeon Pro yesterday (and turned my game settings down a bit) to get those frames back up.

I just used the generic profile on Radeon Pro, I'll try the tweaks you suggested - thanks!
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#13 Mar 14 2011 at 4:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes i play in fullscreen, and my crossfire is actually activated without radeonpro. In fact i already use afterburner to overclock my cards (950/1350). My 2 GPUs run together. I maximize Crysis in HD (AA x2) with my config but not FFXIV.

Since i have the 2nd card i can only go from 8(normal) to 9 in the general quality settings. I thought it wasn't very satisfying. That's why i wanted to use radeonpro hoping that it would enhance the crossfire a bit much.

I followed the steps of the topics but i can't reach to run it. Crysis crashes too if i make a radeonprofile.

Perhaps my computer doesn't like radeonpro, who knows ^^

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