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Finally Got The Game Running Smooth!
I've previously voiced concerns over the frankly horrendous performance of this game and have come to the conclusion, if I want to improve my performance, I have to start tweaking and messing about with the game myself. After a few hours of tweaking, trying various settings and testing the game's various options, I have finally found a way to turn my game into a completely smooth experience ( 40FPS+ )
So I wanted to create this thread in the hope of at least one person in the same situation as me will benefit and my mission is accomplished, as this game deserves to be enjoyed at a smooth framerate.
Now before we begin, here's my quick specifications;
12GB DDR3 Ram
With the above on a 'default launch' with every setting on High / Ultra, no AF /AA, the game would slow to a crawl on most levels and levels with buildings would be beyond unplayable. Odd thing is, turning down every single setting to its lowest would do practically nothing!
So I downloaded RadeonPro ( http://www.radeonpro.info/en-US/ ) A free profile tool that'll allow you to see a heap of options before starting the game, very powerful. I loaded up the Men of War: Assault Squad .exe straight from the Steamapps folder and started configuring. After 2 hours of constant testing I found some crucial things to a smooth performance;
Disable Crossfire! Game isn't Crossfire compatible and not only does it not take advantage of the second GPU Core, it also slows performance right now. I believe this also goes for nVdia users. This gave me at least a 400% boost.
Enable Triple-Buffering for Direct3D Applications and increase the Flip Queue Size ( 3 default, set it to 4 or 5 ) ( For nVidia: Pre-Rendered Frames ). As the game seems to take poorly advantage of new hardware and the raw process power of the hardware gets funnelled into the slow engine, both of these will just give all that unused power something to do; process frames ahead. While I didn't test them individually to any extend, having both enabled gave me a 300% boost in FPS.
Lesser Tweaks in RadeonPro: Make sure Anisotropic, Trilinear and Surface Format Optimization is enabled. Tick "Disable Aero" for Windows Vista / 7 users and tick all your available CPUs under CPU Affinity to try and force the game to use more cores than normal.
This seems to make up the last percentage, removed some very faint stuttering.
Bonus Tip: You can enable MLAA ( Morphological Antialiasing / Filtering ) a new stunning AA mode for ATi cards, it strains the system a lot less and provides in many cases a very smooth edge equivalent to 2x / 4x AA ( Albeit not as crisp in certain places ). I'm able to enable this with no performance hit basically and get some fantastic looking edges and leave in-game AA disabled.
With all of the above, I can now run the game with everything on Max, AA is left disabled as explained above and AF I've set to 4x. And this is on the Skirmish map "Overlord" with plenty of buildings in view that would cripple my game to 3-8 FPS, now running 40-60!! ( Hence the huge percentages in speed boost :P )
I will still say, you will get a nice boost by disabling Shadows completely ( Speaking as an ATi owner ), seems to be a major clash right there.
Hopefully someone will benefit from the above, pass on the word or perhaps provide some real feedback if it works for others.
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