OPENGL slower than software!!!!!
hi, i currently am running the following setup:
P3 450 on an asus motherboard,
7.5 gb hd's total
8 mb ati video card (Rage pro)
Quake2 running cracked on my hard drive.
Ok here's the problem, when I do a timedemo test with a screen resolution of 640*480 in software mode i get about 30fps but when i turn on opengl i drop 5 fps. Why is this?
My guess is that it could be the CRACKED version of quake2. Is it completely patched up to 3.20?? If its not that could be the problem. Another guess is that ****ty ATI rage Pro card. That thing sucks really bad. Here is an example:
I had a K6-2 380 with a V3 2000 and 128 megs of ram. My boss's computer is a PII 450 with an ATI rage Pro 8 meg (like yours) and 256 megs of ram. To play Kingpin is so bad on her computer, my K6-2 would kick its *** majorly and this game doesnt have 3dnow support. Since it doesnt have software mode, I couldnt try that, but the ATI looked like software compared to my V3. It was so bad.
My recommendation is to grab a TNT2 for that P3 450 and maybe try overclockin that bad boy too, most seem to be able to reach like 598 or so with out a problem, need good cooling though. That ATI is a real bad card, havent seen it do a good thing yet, and when I worked at staples, thats what was in all the computers, and they were so bad at running games we tried to put in and show the customers, so bad that we quit doing it, or they wouldnt buy the computer!!!
The problem is either the video card or the video drivers. You might try downloading the latest drivers from ati for the card. If you have a choice, make sure you pick up the OpenGL drivers.
After reading your post i went and checked my frame rates.
System 333 celory running at 416mhz.
96 meg ram 16mb skywell banchee.
Software mode with low quality sound in 640x480 was getting 28 frames per second on demo1.
In Open gl 640x480 58.9 frames per second.
I'd be guessing it's your video card.
As in software mode the cpu is doing 90% of the work.
Try it witha couple of other games and see if you get the same results.
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