Ron5, what settings were you using for the timedemo? AA and AF on? How about the display options in Halo?
Well I tried the 1.1 Shader and got a terrible 33FPS! So I popped it back to 2.0 and I got this! By far my best score to date.
Date / Time: 10/3/2003 5:55:07 PM (1424437ms)
2900MHz, 1024MB, 128M ATI Radeon 9800 PRO (DeviceID=0x4e48) Driver=18.104.22.16878 Shader=2.0
C:\Games\Halo\halo.exe -vidmode 800,600,100 -use20 -window -timedemo (Version=22.214.171.1240)
Average frame rate=48.19fps
Below 5fps= 3% (time) 0% (frames) (3.073s spent in 4 frames)
Below 10fps= 3% (time) 0% (frames)
Below 15fps= 4% (time) 0% (frames)
Below 20fps= 4% (time) 0% (frames)
Below 25fps= 4% (time) 0% (frames)
Below 30fps= 6% (time) 1% (frames)
Below 40fps= 22% (time) 13% (frames)
Below 50fps= 50% (time) 39% (frames)
Below 60fps= 87% (time) 81% (frames)
Memory used Max=160MB, Min=130MB, Ave=148MB
48FPS! I seriously think this timedemo thing is a bitch, sometimes its nice and sweet and sometimes it kicks you in the balls. I dont really get it.
My Halo settings were: Vsync, No Shadows, No Specular, All else set to 'high'. No EAX enabled though. AA and AF were set to 'application preference', which is basically OFF for Halo. Sigh. Anyone else have any insight into this beast?
EDIT #1: I ran the time demo 3 more times with the same settings and got: (1) 46 FPS, (2) 40 FPS, (3) 47 FPS... so it does vary somewhat, even with the same settings! Finnicky!
EDIT #2: Turning on AA 4x and AF 8x drops my FPS from 47 to 30 even. I guess 30 IS playable of course but it doesnt really seem to look all that much better with AA and AF on. What do you think?
This comment was edited on Oct 3, 22:52.