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how to know frame rate

by scales / November 5, 2005 6:27 AM PST

anyone know a real simple super tiny app that will just tell me my frame rate while playing games? something that will show on top of all windows including the game? i know some games have the ability to tell you, but i have not found out how to make battlefront 2 tell me. ideas? thanks!

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To what end?
by thought_stazi / November 5, 2005 6:34 AM PST
In reply to: how to know frame rate

Some people read waaaaaaay too much into framerates. Unless you're trying to pin down the source of a performance bottleneck, there's really no use for it.

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ok then....
by scales / November 5, 2005 6:40 AM PST
In reply to: To what end?

so then my next question is a bit more complicated. i have an ati 9700 128mb ram video card in my centrino laptop which is at 1.8 processor, and 2 gigs of ram. i am 100% sure of all these specs since i made it myself. i want to know when i mess with the settings for the opengl and D3D, things like antialiasing, texture quality, etc. how do i know which is the best for each for any given game? i know application preference is a setting, but i want to ensure i am getting the most out of my card. ideas?

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Trial and error
by thought_stazi / November 5, 2005 8:09 AM PST
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The only way to do this, is to keep cranking up the settings until it has a noticable negative impact on game performance. It will be different for every game, or at least every game engine, so it's up to you to decide when the performance drops below a minimum acceptable level for you.

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figures, but...
by scales / November 5, 2005 8:21 AM PST
In reply to: Trial and error

so is the framerate a good way to measure this, and if so, then we are back to square one where i need some small app.....

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Small app can not do this. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2005 9:11 AM PST
In reply to: figures, but...

The refresh rate of the screen is some 60 to 70'ish number. This does not change. Since there is no report to this OS that a "frame" is complete, the application or game must support reporting the framerate.

-> Please head over to and see how they do their framerate testing.



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