Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
LawsonThompson

Registered:
Posts: 542
Reply with quote  #1 
Windows 10 now includes a setting called "Game Mode" which is supposed to automatically tune system performance when gaming.

Key word: Supposed to! 

With Artemis, Game Mode sometimes does not know a game is running; therefore, any performance enhancements are ignored.

I have just purchased a Core i5-7th gen laptop with onboard Intel HD graphics, a solid performer for most mid-level modern games at low settings. I was hoping to use this laptop as an Artemis server, but found the frame rate would not solidly sustain 30 or higher. This is partly due to DirectX 9 and the older graphics engine Artemis uses not taking full advantage of modern hardware, and partly because Windows 10 Game Mode wasn't working right.

After making performance and Game Mode settings adjustments by hand, Artemis now consistently hits 45 FPS, a much smoother experience.

If you have poor Artemis server performance on similar hardware, I recommend the following steps:

Set Power Saving settings to High Performance: In Windows 10 this is now a little slider that appears when you click the battery icon. Click and drag that slider up to the max... and kiss your battery life goodbye. Of course you're on AC power, RIGHT?

Launch Artemis in Full Screen Windowed mode: For some reason this squeezes another few FPS out of Artemis on my new laptop. I suspect full screen enforces VSync which restricts the frame rate to a simple multiple of the scan rate of the monitor.

Press Alt-F to turn on the frame rate display in Artemis. That's built-in, and ideally should always be higher than 30.0 for best quality.

Start a game: I set up Siege, level 5, "Many" of everything, and then press "E" when the game launches. The AI will take over the server and try shooting things all by itself. 

Now that the server is running, press Windows + G and see what happens. If you see the Game DVR settings, then Windows detected that Artemis.exe is a game.

What I saw was a popup which asked if I was playing a game! Confirm that you ARE playing a game in the popup.

Now, Windows + G should pop up the Game DVR panel over the top of Artemis. Press the Settings gear icon to review further settings.

Exit Artemis, then re-launch Artemis and hit the Windows + G key again to ensure the Game DVR actually pops up; this means Windows 10 now realizes Artemis is a game.

Now adjust the performance settings: Back in the Windows 10 settings panel Home pane, click Gaming > Game Mode > Related settings > Graphics settings

Select Classic app, then Browse to the Artemis.exe file on your drive.

This should show the .EXE file, and an Options button. Click Options and tick the boxes for High performance.

Now reboot and test again to see if the settings all survived.

In my testing, this notably improved Artemis performance on a modern laptop. 

Next up: see if boosting the RAM to more than 8GB will help too!

__________________
----
Visit us at http://www.ltebridge.com
LawsonThompson

Registered:
Posts: 542
Reply with quote  #2 
NOTE: This Game Mode setup doesn't stick between Windows 10 user accounts. You have to do this same setting check for each user separately.

Bonus: This permits live streaming using the built-in Game Broadcast service on Mixer.com.  I'll just leave my little test running here!

https://mixer.com/LawsonThompson

Edited: Fixed the link on 22 July 2018 because the so-called embed link was not... embedding.


__________________
----
Visit us at http://www.ltebridge.com
Gypsyjuggler

Registered:
Posts: 28
Reply with quote  #3 
Anyone else having trouble watching this?
LawsonThompson

Registered:
Posts: 542
Reply with quote  #4 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LawsonThompson
NOTE: This Game Mode setup doesn't stick between Windows 10 user accounts. You have to do this same setting check for each user separately.

Bonus: This permits live streaming using the built-in Game Broadcast service on Mixer.com.  I'll just leave my little test running here!

EDIT: Updated URL: http://mixer.com/LawsonThompson/

__________________
----
Visit us at http://www.ltebridge.com
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.