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Old 05-26-2012, 07:05 PM   #1   Add To Ignore List  
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Unhappy Framerate problem(s?) in The Second Encounter HD

Hi everybody,

I recently purchased both The First Encounter and The Second Encounter in classic and HD versions on Steam and have already had a few hours of frenzy with friends of mine. Thanks to the team for that, thumbs up !

However...

Though I could play The First Encounter with absolutely no problems at all, The Second Encounter is a lot of trouble. I have somehow random unpredictable framerate drops and/or frameskipping. I start from 80-90 fps, but from time to time (around once every two seconds), the framerate drops under 60, or even under 40. Plus, even when the number displayed is 80 or 90, the game just does not feel like it runs at 90 fps. It's stuttering just as if it was skipping many frames a second. The game is not totally unplayable, but being based on speed and precision, I admit it's a bit tricky to play it that way.

My specs are the following :

Intel i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10 GHz
AMD Radeon HD 6490M GPU (512 Mb memory) + integrated Intel HD 3000 (not used when in the game)
4Gb RAM

The game suggested I would play on High CPU speed, Low GPU speed and Medium GPU memory. I have dropped everything on Low, but the problem barely moved even so. My drivers are currently up-to-date.

If anyone has any idea, that would come in handy. Thanks in advance !

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Old 06-04-2012, 02:34 PM   #2   Add To Ignore List  
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Is vsync turned on?
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:03 PM   #3   Add To Ignore List  
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Nope, it is not. Whenever I tried, I immediately drop to 20 fps, even still in the menu.
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Nope, it is not. Whenever I tried, I immediately drop to 20 fps, even still in the menu.
force if off in the CCC if possible.

Can You post the contents of SamHD_TSE.log ?

Also - are You sure it is not switching which GPU is "active" between the Radeon and the Intel one?
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Here is the log file.

I tried forcing Vsync off, but did not see anything different.

Same thing about the hybrid GPUs, I am running on the dedicated one for sure. I tried with the integrated Intel HD 3000 a few times, the results were by far worse than when the ATI is active.

Thanks for taking time to answer me, anyway
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Hmm... it looks really odd. Could You also post log of TFE for comparison? I have a couple of guesses for the cause, and the log of TFE should clarify some of them.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:37 PM   #7   Add To Ignore List  
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Here is the First Encounter HD log.

It is odd both logs show Intel Graphics as the working GPU, for there is no doubt the dedicated one is the one running the games... Well, anyway, hopefully it will help
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Did You reinstall the graphics driver after the last time You played TFE?
Because TSE reports it's using and older version of the driver, compared to what TFE is using.
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Yep, I did. I was running a later, beta version of the driver at the time. Precisely, I went back to the older version to check if... the problems described above in TSE would be resolved that way. I get a little difference in the max framerate I can reach, but the stuttering and frameskipping are there no matter the version I use.
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/* assuming this is a laptop */
It possible that some quirks in the power saving mechanism are making it switch between the Radeon and IntelHD rapidly over and over. (i.e. "I can decide which one to use, so I am using both in short turns"). And this would match the symptoms.

So, try completely disabling the IntelHD GPU and see if that helps. It should be possible to do so through the BIOS.
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