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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?

Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd
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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.


Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd
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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.

Pushing buttons since "86
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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.


Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd
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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.

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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. :-)

Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd
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3/23/2017 2:19:42 PM (last edit: 3/23/2017 2:19:42 PM)
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