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Dungeon Siege Tweaking Guide
- Submited Thursday, June 6th, 2002 at 8:40 AM By tmmicklabs    
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Ah yes, Dungeon Siege. You either love it or you hate it. I'm hooked harder than a bad smack habit. As some of you may have noticed, Dungeon Siege brings most PC's to their knees. I've been working vigorously for the past month trying to get Dungeon Siege to run smoothly on my PC. It's been a real challenge getting this game to play smoothly, but after a month of blood, sweat, and tears I've finally figured it out. Find out how I got a 75 % increase in performance in Dungeon Siege.
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Ok kids, here we go.

Step 1 - You need to have Dungeon Siege installed.

Step 2 - Click here to download the official Dungeon Siege Benchmark.

Step 3 - Install and run the Benchmark.

Step 4 - Go to the folder that Dungeon Siege is installed in and open "fps.log" to view the results.

Here are the Specs of the Test PC.

Athlon XP 1600+
Epox 8KHA+ Motherboard with KT266a core logic chipet with Via 4in 1 driver version 4.38
256mb PC-2100 DDR-Ram
ATI Radeon 8500 64mb video card using 6071 reference drivers.
Sound Blaster Live
Windows XP Pro

Here are the game settings I ran the benchmark at.

1024/768 32bit color
Object Detail at Max Setting
Trilinear Filtering enabled
Shadows set to "all complex".

Here are the results.

FPS Summary

Total Sample Time : 192.80 s (6454 frames)
Min Frame Delta : 5.68 ms (175.94 fps)
Max Frame Delta : 160.58 ms (6.23 fps)
Average Frame Delta: 29.87 ms (33.47 fps)

This was unacceptable in my opinion. I set out to find a way to get the performance at a playable level.

The first thing I did was set the shadows setting from "all complex" to "none".

FPS Summary

Total Sample Time : 192.74 s (8146 frames)
Min Frame Delta : 4.33 ms (230.76 fps)
Max Frame Delta : 166.67 ms (6.00 fps)
Average Frame Delta: 23.66 ms (42.26 fps)

WOW !!! A 27 % increase by disabling shadows. Trust me, you won't miss the shadows.

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