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Sama51
12-25-2005, 11:25 PM
I was hoping someone could give me a little help with the Graphics setup. (Debated whether to post here or community help) I'm running IL2+AEP+PF. I was curious if someone could give me a rundown in the setup screen on what the following settings effect, and how whether the settings increase performance or graphics.

Stencil Buffer:What does this effect? Is there a boost in FPS when turned off?

Texture Minimap Filter:I'm assuming bilinear has best performance, but how much do these settings effect graphics and performance?

Texture Compression:I really have no clue which of the three settings offers best performance, best graphics, and which is middle ground.

Plus if there's anything else under this setting which may offer a significant change in performance a rundown would be greatly appreciated.

I searched through Air Warfare first and the Community Help Forum, but didn't really find (or perhaps look hard enough) information that helped me in this regard. Thanks in advance!

Chuck_Older
12-26-2005, 06:51 AM
The stencil buffer helps in certain situations, with certain cards or combos of hardware, when a texture "fight" is ocurring between some textures. this can be seen as things such as flashing textures or perhaps even missing textures (like you can see into a B-24 from the side, or you can see retracted wheels in wheel wells when a wing is viewed from above. I have never seen a performance hit from the stencil buffer personally, which I have to use by the way

More filtering or more compression should be more taxing on system resources

A thing which helps me personally for performance is flat landscape lighting. However, flat aircraft lighting effects colors so much on aircraft that I go to medium at lowest

I also play 1024x768x16, since the sim is native to 1024x768, and the extra color depth is too much of a sacrifice to justify for me unless I'm taking a screenshot

jds1978
12-26-2005, 03:29 PM
look here http://www.airwarfare.com/guides/config_guide.htm

and here http://www.airwarfare.com/tech/graphicsil2.htm#005

Sama51
12-26-2005, 05:12 PM
Thanks guys, exactly what I was looking for. The top link especially gave me some help, a shame I didn't find it on my own. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Bearcat99
12-27-2005, 09:05 AM
Bookrk that site.... it is a one stop shop for all things flight sim.