i was wondering if anyone could share there advice
i have been playing with 3d max and am starting to experience lag and a decrease in performance dramatically when i have even a small built up scene.
my computers not the best but it seems better than average home pc's.
Intel quad core q6600 2.8Ghz overclocked
8800gt 512 MB graphics card
4GB ddr2 800Mhz
160Gb Operating system Hard drive and a 2TB hard drive for all my programs ect.
Windows 7 64bit ultimate
Any tips on what there is to do in 3d max that could help with performance or what i could upgrade next in my pc.
Thanks in advance
hmm you pc sounds fine what verison of max are you running?, max 2011 takes a hell of a lot more ram than max 9. I use 8 gig of ram. if you have the room I would upgrade all your ram. 64 bit is all about tons of ram.
Seriously, for home users and casual pc users, win 7 is great and much better than vista. For dev's. its a massive NO NO.. !!.. hehe,
In your Nvidia driver settings, you can disable various driver features and turn on "High Performance" for your image quality settings.
What framerate are you getting, w/ about how many objects? (press 7 to turn on stats)
BTW I'd suggest not keeping viewport stats on if you're using Max 2009 (I don't know about other versions).
With both openGL and directX, I get about a 500%-700% viewport speed framerate boost when I turn viewport stats off. Weird, I know.
I remember when I first bought this card (gtx285) and I was doing some comparison tests with my old card. I had viewport stats on so I could see the framerate and both computers were getting like 2-3fps (scene had a couple million polys, deforming meshes, etc) and I was so disappointed that the card didn't give me improved performance from my last one. Then I turned viewport stats off and suddenly started getting like 15-20 fps. in the scene.
Nothing profound to add, but I second the RAM suggestion. I upgraded from 4GB to 8GB a few months ago and noticed a very substantial performance increase, particularly with the 64-bit version of Max 2010. Definitely worth it.