What is a Tech-Test?

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What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Slaihne on Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:02 am

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 3:57 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 Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:57 pm

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 11:48 am

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 5:19 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 Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:50 pm

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 3:57 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 Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:49 pm

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 9:58 am

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 4:23 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 2:36 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 10:49 am

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 12:38 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 1:32 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 10:39 am

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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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Slaihne on Sun May 22, 2011 11:51 am

Not sure about the error you're getting.

I realised i hadn't tried minimizing the screen myself so went and tried it out. No error i'm afraid. Anyone else out there get this error?

Your FPS seems a bit low, are you running it a crazy resolution? I can run it here in debug mode (which normally slows things down a bit) with the game stretched over 2 1080p monitors and it still runs at 60 FPS. (I've got a 6950 too).

Good to hear you're able to build stuff Smile I'll have to create a forum for screenshots of things that folk have built.

The world basically keeps going; it's generated procedurally on the fly. Or, it's the dream of a pseudo random number generator, as i like to put it Wink

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Tamloo on Sun May 22, 2011 1:51 pm

Slaihne wrote:Not sure about the error you're getting.

I realised i hadn't tried minimizing the screen myself so went and tried it out. No error i'm afraid. Anyone else out there get this error?
I get no errors when I try... My game runs just fine! I'll try it on more computers soon and send you results!

Here are my specs....
OS: Windows 7 32-bit
Processor: Intel Core i7
Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
Memory: 6144MB RAM

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Negeator on Sun May 22, 2011 8:25 pm

The game has ran fine for me at 60 fps.
I am using:

Intel i7 920 Quad Core @ 2.67 GHz per core
NVidia Geforce GTS 250
6.00 GB of DDR3 RAM

The only slowdown that has occurred was at 30 fps when in wire-frame mode (which isn't really part of the actual game for normal users).

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by dudes45 on Mon May 23, 2011 4:26 am

Slaihne wrote:Not sure about the error you're getting.

I realised i hadn't tried minimizing the screen myself so went and tried it out. No error i'm afraid. Anyone else out there get this error?

Your FPS seems a bit low, are you running it a crazy resolution? I can run it here in debug mode (which normally slows things down a bit) with the game stretched over 2 1080p monitors and it still runs at 60 FPS. (I've got a 6950 too).

Good to hear you're able to build stuff Smile I'll have to create a forum for screenshots of things that folk have built.

The world basically keeps going; it's generated procedurally on the fly. Or, it's the dream of a pseudo random number generator, as i like to put it Wink
Hmm, I really hate my PC my graphics card is overclocked to 975/1350. So I would expect it to do well, in most games. All this system has done is made me wonder why I spent over a grand on it when im 17. lol, its annoying. But the game is awesome!

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Slaihne on Mon May 23, 2011 4:58 am

You may be running it with AntiAliasing or something similar forced in the video driver. This could possibly slow things down.

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by dudes45 on Mon May 23, 2011 6:26 am

Slaihne wrote:You may be running it with AntiAliasing or something similar forced in the video driver. This could possibly slow things down.
It thought that too, I didn't check though lol. Its playable though so not an issue. Plus my CPU is rubbish stupid phenom II. Im getting an Intel PC next. Probably going to spend a ridiculous amount on it so then it won't be terrible.. I still get that error occasionally..

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by whitevalkery on Fri May 27, 2011 1:49 pm

my version works perfectly fine and smoothno bugs or difficulties in which i have seen yet specs:core i3 2.4 ghzHD 5650 mobility radeon 1gb4gb of ram

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Revan1985 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:12 pm

the techtest is running very well on my pc (60 fps every time).

My configuration is :

AMD Phenom 2 x6 1090T
8gb ddr3
radeon hd5870 1gb vram

it's a very nice engine for what i have seen Shocked

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by DirektEffekt on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:37 am

I have several PC's I can test on,

I have:
i7 920 2.66Ghz
6GB ram
Windows 7 x64
HD4870

and:
i7 950 @ 4Ghz
6GB ram
Windows 7 x64
2x HD5870

and:
i7 720QM @ 1.7Ghz
4GB ram
Windows 7 x64
HD5650 Mobility

Obviously these are not all mine, only the one with crossfire, the others are my families but are available for testing too! On my PC at 2560 x 1440 resolution i am getting 60FPS in all modes including wireframe with forced 16x AA!

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Re: What is a Tech-Test?

Post by Lidren on Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:27 am


Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor, ~3.2GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4350
Display Memory: 4083 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1015 MB
Shared Memory: 3067 MB

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