08-29-2011 09:31 AM
I dunno if this is the right place but i hope so.
im new to SL and i want to know the best possible specs for a computer? i run 2 viewers at once and i don't want any lag.
btw just the very best and why?
does SL take advantage of SLI?
08-29-2011 09:34 AM - edited 08-29-2011 09:35 AM
Welcome to Second Life Forums, ndocds.
You'll always get some lag, but to minimise it there are things you can do.
Also there is a video tutorial here about minimising lag.
08-29-2011 09:38 AM
thanks for the reply!
i know the min requirements but i wanna know what the top dogs are using!
is SLI a big FPS increase?
should i be worried about DX11?
basiclly what i want is my computer not to be a bottleneck.
08-29-2011 10:22 AM - edited 08-29-2011 10:23 AM
CPU: Intel 2600K
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT CMGTX7 memory (much as you like but 4MB will be fine for SL)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3
GPU: SL is very poor on SLI or Crossfire support so go for the best single card you can afford. A MSI N580GTX Lightning Extreme should be fairly handy
08-29-2011 11:03 AM
Obviously you can make a few compromises in that but as the Intel 2600K is the best processor around at the moment, it would be a good choice if you're buying new. On the GPU side, a MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II or a Zotac GTX560 AMP! Edition would be a lot cheaper and still great in SL!
08-29-2011 11:26 AM
I only half want to know what the top dogs are using. If I knew what the Linden people were using (let alone the more geeky and more-money-than-sense "regular" residents), I would undoubtedly fall off my chair in a dead faint.
08-29-2011 12:17 PM
lol Marigold! Well, I hope the recession hasn't hit the North Pole yet if you're wishing for those specs but ndocds did ask for the best system specs!
I'm not sure what various Lindens use. I think Torley was using a Nvidia 480 GTX GPU last time I heard but he may have upgraded to a 580 by now. I'm sure he'd be happy to tell you if you asked.
08-29-2011 01:17 PM - edited 08-29-2011 01:19 PM
I have been asking the same question for years, and I have spent a lot of money hoping for improvement in SL performance that did not happen. I think that different people may have different experiences because network delays and capacity are probably not the same everywhere. Also, past experience may not be applicable to future viewers, which will probably need more resources as features are added.
I am certainly NOT an expert or a reliable source of advice about hardware for running SL (or anything else), so keep that in mind when reading this. I would love to have comments from experts on what I say.
Within the last year and a half, I got the following upgrades one at a time with the results noted:
Upgrading the CPU from 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo to 3.0 GHz Core 2 Quad, RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB, and connection from 6 Mbps to 18 Mbps had no appreciable effect. Upgrading the graphics card from an 8800 GTX to a GTX 470 resulted in modest improvement.
Over the years I have read that SLI doesn't help SL, and I have read first-person accounts from from people who said it helped them, so I don't know. I wish someone would post an account of their own experience with trying it with current viewers.
If I were getting a new machine for SL and my budget was unlimited, I would go for top-of-the-line: Core i7 990X, at least 12 GB RAM (so I could put a large cache on a RAMdisc), three or four 580 GTXs, appropriate motherboard, case, and power supplies, and one SSD for OS and program files, and another for SL data files. Undoubtedly, this would be massive overkill and there would be very little bang for several thousands of bucks, but if the budget is unlimited, why not go for it?
If the budget were limited but fairly large, I would want a GTX 580 and case and motherboard that would allow me to add more in the future. I'd get a Core i7 970, 6 GB RAM, and an SSD large enough for the OS and SL program files. If I could afford to do more, I would get two 580 GTXs so I could see if two were better than one; if not, I would sell the second one on ebay. If the budget were too limited for this, I would get a GTX 580, a Core i7 960, 6 GB RAM, no SSD, and smaller case and power supply. My reason for holding out for a GTX 580 is that upgrading the graphics card is the one change that made a difference for me.