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Graphics card performance issue
show user profile  magarlick
Dear all

Last year I built a new PC, with a hexacore i7 running at 4.5 GHz and a GTX970 graphics card. I originally was hoping to use the CUDA capabilities of the latter to speed up rendering but it's slower than CPU rendering. This surprised me.

I am wondering if thiis card is performing as it should. I just created a simple scene, nothing in it except a plane, set to 1000x1000 segs (2 million polys). I get ales than 10 FPS and Max is very sluggish. In fact the entire PC is sluggish when this scene is open.

Is this normal?
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DR MARK A. GARLICK, Director
Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd http://www.markgarlick.com/
http://www.space-art.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/magarlick
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3/22/2017 11:49:11 AM (last edit: 3/22/2017 11:49:11 AM)
show user profile  magarlick
Extra info. It's a Palit card, not overclocked, 4GB RAM. Tried several versions of the graphics driver.

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DR MARK A. GARLICK, Director
Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd http://www.markgarlick.com/
http://www.space-art.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/magarlick
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3/22/2017 12:33:22 PM (last edit: 3/22/2017 12:33:22 PM)
show user profile  FX
edit: I too have a GTX970, and also wonder if it's performing to it's maximum, re: the FPS, what version of Max are you using?, viewport performance only reached an "acceptable" level in 2017, prior to that it performed like a snail with a hangover. Viewports are (single core) CPU driven btw, If you put a 12gb Titan in there you wouldn't see any viewport improvement.


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3/22/2017 1:50:37 PM (last edit: 3/22/2017 2:01:40 PM)
show user profile  ijzerman
Have you tried switching graphics modes?
I use Nitrous now but on some projects opengl can be faster. Try switching to dx too.
It depends a bit on what happends in the scene, so, many small objects/polys or rigged meshes also can cause a giant drag.
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3/22/2017 2:12:27 PM (last edit: 3/22/2017 2:12:27 PM)
show user profile  magarlick
Thanks for your helpful replies.

Yes, I see a massive difference in speed comparing Max 2017 with 2016. In 2016 I get 8.5FPS. In 2017 I get 260. Thanks for that. (However, on my other older machine, I get the same, about 70FPS in both versions).

Also, changing to Direct3D 9 instead of 11 made a big difference in Max 2016 but not in 2017. So it seems that my card/driver has issues with Max 2016.

Cheers.
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DR MARK A. GARLICK, Director
Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd http://www.markgarlick.com/
http://www.space-art.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/magarlick
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3/22/2017 2:56:52 PM (last edit: 3/22/2017 2:56:52 PM)
show user profile  FX
I find Legacy D3D much quicker in 2016 and better/cleaner transparency, Nitrous shades invisible objects so if your animating with visibility tracks and have the objects in the same place your staring at a blob of blueish shaded overlaps.
Legacy just gives you that slightly shaded Alt-X look, only lighter and more transparent.
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3/22/2017 5:43:18 PM (last edit: 3/22/2017 5:43:18 PM)
show user profile  FX
@ magarlick

Don't know if you use it already but PowerPreview gives you much more control over your viewport settings.

http://www.scriptspot.com/3ds-max/scripts/powerpreview-high-quality-nitrous-previews

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3/22/2017 9:49:52 PM (last edit: 3/22/2017 9:49:52 PM)
show user profile  magarlick
@FX - my thanks. :-)
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DR MARK A. GARLICK, Director
Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd http://www.markgarlick.com/
http://www.space-art.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/magarlick
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3/23/2017 2:19:42 PM (last edit: 3/23/2017 2:19:42 PM)
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