What is a Tech-Test?

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What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Slaihne on Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:02 pm

Basically, a Tech-Test will allow me to see how this thing runs on several different computers.

I started development on a Q6600 Intel CPU and currently am using an i7. These are two reasonably powerful machines and i am conscious that some changes will be needed to run on lower power PC's.

I have already pinpointed some areas that can be altered to provide a lower spec path to enable playable frame rates. Some of these are obvious (lower quality textures, shorter view distance, fewer particles) but some are maybe not so obvious (remove caustics underwater, remove detail / noise texture).

Basically, visual quality will drop to enable faster frame rates as is so often the case.

That's where you guys come in...

I initially want to get a few folk who want to have a muck around with the current engine and who don't mind allowing me to get some information from them about how it runs.

Anyone selected will get a download for the engine and will be able to copy it to a folder, install the SlimDX redistributable and then run the engine. At the end of each 'play' session it will connect to my server and deliver some statistics about the play session. Things like frame rates, amount of memory used at various points etc. Also it will let me know what RAM, CPU and GFX card is installed. There won't be any personal details in there and i will probably let you review the data before it is sent. Oh, and you will need a user name and password that i will supply.

From this i should be able to better judge what needs done to improve playability on various hardware.

In terms of what you guys need to run it, the following would be neccessary...

Window Vista or Windows 7
DirectX 10

At least 2gB of ram
I would advise against trying it out on a netbook btw.

If anyone wants to put their name in the hat for this process, please reply to this message and let me know what your CPU, RAM and GFX card are please.

I hope to have this started before the end of April.

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by ausmike on Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:57 am

Q6600
4GB DDR2 5-5-5-15 800mhz
8800GTX
Vista-64-bit

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by pinkistoughjj on Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:57 am

AMD Phenom II X4 B50 -- 3.1GHz
4GB DDR2 5-5-5-15 1000MHz
Radeon HD 4770
Windows 7 -- 64 bit

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by S33m3 on Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:48 pm

I'm ready to help you with tests if needed :

My specs under Win7 - 64b :
Intel I7 950
6 GB ram
GTX 580 (With possibility to test your engine with Nvidia 3Dvision)

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by maxblox on Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:19 pm

Been following you on youtube, love the look of your game.

If you need more testers, count me in:
IntelCore i7
Win7 64 4 GB
ATI HD 5700 Series 1GB

also have few laptops I could test on.

Let me test it (I work as a professional tester for software company) , I'll report any bugs I find! Smile

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by croxxx on Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:50 am

I like your engine very much, so I would like to participate in the Tech-Test, too.
My system is not that new than yours, but still working well. So you could test function on older systems.

My configuration:
CPU: Pentium D 820 (2x2.8 GHz)
Graphics: HD 2600 AGP
RAM: 2GB

Regards,
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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Fearlesspain on Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:57 pm

My current specs are:
Intel Core i7 860
8.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3
Windows 7 64bit
NVIDIA Geforce GTS 240.

I am very accustom to beta testing, and if I am asked to test I will report any bugs and or suggestions.
I am looking forward to this game.

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Unknown on Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:49 am

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Intel i7 920
6GB Triple-Channel DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 with 1536 video memory.

From what I've seen on youtube, Blokworld looks like a interesting and fun game and I would like to help improve it in any way I can; I hope you will allow me to.


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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by ltnublet on Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:58 pm

CPU: Intel i7 920 2.7ghz @ 3.9ghz
RAM: 6GB
GFX: nVidia GTX 570

Would love to help test the game!

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by MrFast on Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:23 am

win7
directx 11
cpu intel i5-2400 3.10GHz 3.30GHz
ram 8gb
nvidia gtx 570

I really want to test it=)

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Thraka on Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:36 pm

Win7 x64
DX 11
AMD Phenom 2 x3 720
ram 4gb DDR2
Radion HD 4850 1gb

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by thiagoelg on Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:49 pm

I have:

Intel Core i5 760 ~2.8GHz
4GB DDR3 RAM
GeForce 9600GT
Full HD resolution (1920x1080) available for testing.
Windows 7 64bits

and... I would love to see how this project is going!

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by strwboss on Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:38 pm

I would very much like to be a part of the tech-test.

I have:

Win 7 32bit
Intel Core2 Duo 1.67 GHz
3 GB ram
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS video card

Thanks,
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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Slaihne on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:32 pm

I've made a version available for download.


You first need to download and install the RUNTIME from...

http://slimdx.org/download_june10.php


Then download the engine from...

http://www.blokworld.co.uk/techtest.zip

And unzip it into a folder of your choice.

You can then run the engine by double clicking BLOKWORLD.EXE

I decided against the whole login thing atm and this version is pretty rough and ready, but have at it anyway.

More instructions on a seperate thread.

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by dudes45 on Sun May 22, 2011 5:39 pm

I have just downloaded this, I will let you know how it runs shortly. your videos look amazing! Keep up the amazing work! I would also like to help with the Tech test =)
PC Spec-:AMD Phenom II x6 1055T @3.7GHzASUS Crosshair IV Formula 890FXKingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB 1600MHzAMD HD 6950 2GB
Edit: 50fps average. I made an awesome house =)I also got a DXGI_ERROR_UNAVAILABLE: The requested functionality is not supported by the device or driver. (-2005270494)
It seems to occur when I minimize the game or it did the last two times anyway =)How big is the world by the way? It seems to just keep going... ;p

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