View Full Version : how fast does your vid/card need to be to run a psx game efficiently?
July 14th, 2002, 02:27
well, im a newb at this emulation stuff, and i was wonder does my s3 prosavage 8 ddr enough to run a psx game efficiently? its clocked speed is at 154hmz. or do i have to get a new and faster card? if yes then, any recommendations, price tag, and speed 9(mhz)...oh yes, and what is an ISO?:)
July 14th, 2002, 03:41
u should get another vid card so u can make psx games look better and get at least a GeForce 3
here's everything on ISO's
July 14th, 2002, 04:04
It depends on the level of quality you're looking for. PSX games don't really require that much graphical power. Your S3 might be a tad slow though, you should get at least a TNT2 or Voodoo 3. PSX games ran smoothly on my previous TNT2 card (125 core, 250 MTexel/s fill rate).
July 14th, 2002, 14:51
I have a Voodoo 2 card and EPSXE works at 60 fps always (Lewpy plugin). V2 its a realy old card, and yet I get full speed with it.
July 14th, 2002, 16:47
Depends on what you want.
If you want the best image quality possible with Pete's plugin(screen smoothing and such),then a GeForce 3 is required,if you want quality but not the best(high res 2XSAI but not screensmoothing),a GeForce 2 is more than enough.
July 14th, 2002, 19:43
Emulation is rarely a 1:1 thing. Translating a particular function from PSX language to OpenGL or D3D language could be easy or complex. Video hardware therefore needs a bit more juice than you might think, to make up for that translation layer.
Remember: a PSX is only a 33Mhz machine, yet takes a PC several times faster to get decent performance. Video hardware is probably no different in this respect.
July 14th, 2002, 19:48
IMO card isnt as important as processor speed for psx emulation.
I have both at bottleneck (cel. 500 and 810 onboard) but I still enjoy emulation more than anyone else.
July 14th, 2002, 22:49
A month ago, I had my current PC specs that you see below, except that my card was a Voodoo 2 instead of a Geforce 2. My video card was a major bottleneck.
July 15th, 2002, 09:54
I should say replace the vid card, as S3's are notoriously unreliable (I had major graphics artifacts with mine, as did both my brothers).
You can run it in software (PEOPS), but you then don't benefit from the textture filtering modes, etc.
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