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Best Viewer for AMD systems

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Hello I recently got back into SL. I was looking for feedback from AMD system users on what viewer gives them the best performance/least lag/most fps. I have used firestorm, and I find regardless of how I tweak the setting i get a way less smoother performance that when I use alchemy, I know this is not a super high fps game, but for example i will be getting 25-30 on firestorm and 45-50 on Alchemy in the same place. I like the stability of firestorm but I really prefer the smoothest game play possible.

My system:

Ryzen 3600

5700XT

16GB RAM (3600)

I can get much better looking game play and fps on alchemy I am not sure why this is. I heard that this game likes NVIDIA cards more idk. If anyone has a similar system please let me know what you are using, and how your performance is. Thank you very much for any help!

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If you get different results in the same location with two different viewers, it's not your video card or your system, it's the viewer.

Check all your graphics preferences settings with both viewers.  A small change in, for example, draw distance, or shadow settings, can make a huge difference in fps.

And as far as I know, there's no data on Viewer X being better than Viewer Y for AMD systems, or anything like that...although it's true that different users with different systems find one viewer or another is better for them.

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20 FPS more by simply changing a viewer is a huge difference, 3-5 is more logical.

Haven't tried latest Alchemy so i can't say something about it (and too lazy during summertime to turn on my Win10 Desktop PC and install it)

Just make sure you use the 64bit Firestorm and Graphics/Shaders/Anti aliasing/LOD etc options are the same for both.

(32bit was slower at least for me regardless if Linux/Windows, ATI/Nvidia, AMD/Intel, although many people think less resources = faster)

fps64.jpg.d51fb36bd460b503636f68bace6e3ed0.jpg

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I find both FPS counts quite too low for that system, unless you're running really high settings in both viewers.

So please do share a screenshot of your settings, preferably for Alchemy and Firestorm.

Plus, are you sure that your RAM is running at 3600 MHz? Did you manually set it?

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Alchemy has some CPU optimizations most other viewers don't use because they won't run on older PCs. 

See this thread: 

YMMV. 

There may be some other tweaks to Alchemy's rendering. It didn't seem to behave the same as Firestorm for me. It was also noted the default LOD setting is a little lower in Alchemy, but I don't think going from 1.25 to 2 or 3 is going to make much of a difference on a non-potato computer. 

 

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They both have different Graphic profiling settings.

You can see that by just comparing "featuretable.txt" so they will definitely behave different even if they were the same viewer.

Left=FS, Right=Alch

 

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Nick, how do you get these images?  If I look up "featuretable.txt" on my machine, I get a rather incomprehensible text file.

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13 minutes ago, Lindal Kidd said:

Nick, how do you get these images?  If I look up "featuretable.txt" on my machine, I get a rather incomprehensible text file.

Open your browser  go to "www.diffchecker.com/diff"

Go to your Firestorm directory.. Open featuretable.txt... Right click Select All> Copy... Go to browser > Paste on one panel

Go to any other Client directory.. Open featuretable.txt... Right click Select All> Copy... Go to browser > Paste on other panel.

Click Find Difference button. Right Click in Firefox>Take Snapshot>Whole page..

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I have tried all the trouble shooting imaginable. Here is a pictures of the setting I am using.

https://imgur.com/a/w0eBPUt

The first picture is with all the SL settings maxed out. The second is the lower more performance setting I use.

I was in a sim with around 25-30 people in a group.

The first setting (Max) I was getting 25-30 which is totally fine, the second (lower) setting I get 60+

These numbers are not obtainable in firestorm for me, the best Performance is Alchemy by far. Black dragon gets second on my system. I have found that yes Alchemy does have a significant performance boost with this type of system.

 

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1 hour ago, Lillith Hapmouche said:

I think I just failed the eyesight check...

Your eyes are perfect don't worry about it, under normal conditions i can't see it either.

I am on Linux and use Meta/Super key to desktop zoom.

Just click on it if you are curious , then right click open link in new tab and Save Image.

Use a photo viewer to zoom in.. or you can try the long version. Whatever is easier. (Click it twice to expand)

..35194057_Screenshot_2020-07-01DiffChecker.thumb.png.4ad1407e05b3c34df3d3c5faeeb8289f.png

 

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I don't see anything in there that would give Alchemy much of an advantage. Am I missing anything?

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26 minutes ago, keilfur said:

 

I have tried all the trouble shooting imaginable. Here is a pictures of the setting I am using...

 

Your first setting has no shaders activated (and of course advanced lighting etc inactive/faded out) which means its similar more or less to selecting Low Graphics, disabling the basic shaders and enabling Transparent water and Bump lightning. (Doesnt matter if the slider above says Ultra,  things have been manually disabled)

The second one is more or less similar to this.. and it seriously doesn't mater.

In the future you will realise that Graphic Presets are more of a convenient way for the majority to select one and play.

Best thing to do is figure out what works best for you when it comes to graphics and use that.

settings.jpg

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