4K Anthem Demo Analyzed

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  1. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    Here is one for you GPU geeks. Digital Foundry breaks down BioWare's Anthem trailer from E3. Interestingly enough, it was confirmed that BioWare was using "2 1080TIs" and "running 4K60." When we asked BioWare if we were to assume that meant that Anthem would ship with SLI and/or Crossfire support...crickets. I guess we all know what that means.

    Check out the video.
     
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  2. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge Not the Idiot YOU are Looking for

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    Frostbyte has typically been SLI friendly...

    Bigger question is whether it will support SLI and/or Crossfire in DX12 and/or Vulkan :D
     
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  3. horrorshow

    horrorshow 2[H]4U

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    I personally don't understand why SLI/Crossfire is so difficult to implement....

    Shouldn't it just be like Nvidia/AMD send developers some sort of toolset and it be easy-peasy??
     
  4. gamerk2

    gamerk2 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Nope.

    SLI and CF used to be really simple: You pair two (or more) of the same exact model of GPU. You could handle it entirely in the GPU driver if you wanted to.

    With DX12/Vulkan, the situation is much harder. Now it's entirely up to the developer to implement, and they have to properly load balance for any arbitrary combination of GPUs. Want to pair an Intel HD 4000 with a 1080Ti? The developers have to support it.

    For reasons that should be obvious, developers have decided this isn't worth the headache to support.

    You wanted low level APIs, you got them. And all the headaches that come with them.
     
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  5. DoubleTap

    DoubleTap [H]ard|Gawd

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    Just like the bad old days:

    dos-game-sound-setup.png
     
  6. Lakados

    Lakados Gawd

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    I am strangely looking forward to this game. I mean I don't want to play it but I think I will have too it looks like it may be able to deliver on all the fronts that Destiny 2 failed, but now I am just getting my hopes up which means it will leave me disappointed so I should just skip it entirely. Oh the conundrum it causes me.
    *Angrily shakes fist at nothing
     
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  7. Flexion

    Flexion [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yes indeed.

    Well... Not that anyone plays it anymore, but Mass Effect Andromeda did have SLI support and ran on the frostbite engine.

    I hope Anthem ends up being a good game, both core mechanics and loot wise. The looter shooter genre as a whole needs more healthy competition.
     
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  8. Mode13

    Mode13 [H]Lite

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    I don't want to deal with sli or cf again. Just bring on a single gpu that maxes everything at 4k60 and I'm happy for the next week or two until i start demanding 4k 144hz and 8k60
     
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  9. d8lock

    d8lock Limp Gawd

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    Crossfire on the other hand runs like complete ass in Andromeda.
     
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  10. Lakados

    Lakados Gawd

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    I have never had stellar luck with Crossfire, I gave up on it and I will just go with large single GPU's until there is a dramatic shift in how things work as it is just too unreliable.
     
  11. Azphira

    Azphira [H]ard|Gawd

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    Half ass sli to make the game look good for 4k for preorders, remove sli support on release.


    I still think nvidia bought the remains of 3dfx to deep six scan line interleave.
     
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  12. Shmee

    Shmee [H]ard|Gawd

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    Not to mention GPUs have gotten powerful enough that most consumers don't see the need to do it. When you can get a card for $250 that runs most games on high/medium at 4K @ 30FPS or 1080p @ 60FPs why buy two $500 cards? So if gamers aren't doing much SLI/Crossfire, why spend a ton of time supporting it?
     
  13. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge Not the Idiot YOU are Looking for

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    So did/does BF1, however Andromeda was DX11 only. Not that it didn't still run well :).
     
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  14. gamerk2

    gamerk2 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Or the headaches due to latency concerns; remember all the "I'm getting 100 FPS but the game stutters why?" posts? That's latency, and no one really has a solution for it. From a functional perspective, SLI and CF were never good technical solutions to the FPS problem since most of those frames aren't reaching the display.
     
  15. auntjemima

    auntjemima Hand Jobs Legend

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  16. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge Not the Idiot YOU are Looking for

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    This was very much a legacy Crossfire thing, having experienced it- Nvidia largely banished the latency issues at the expense of a bit of scaling. Believe AMD more or less solved most of their issues here.
     
  17. gamerk2

    gamerk2 [H]ard|Gawd

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    No MT-32 support? Lame.

    EDIT

    I do note the problem in that case was various non-compatible sound cards, so every unique model needed a separate driver. Dedicated higher level sound APIs really didn't come around until the initial Directsound API in Windows 95.

    Eventually, Sound Blaster became the default spec that everyone else had to support, with Roland SC-55/General MIDI as the higher quality alternative for those of us who actually had MIDI Synthesizers. All the other alternatives (Gravis being the most notable) lost in the market for various reasons, and CD quality audio eventually killed off MIDI entirely.

    And yes, I actually use my MT-32/SC-88 when running these titles through DOSBOX. Always superior to Sound Blaster spec.
     
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  18. lostin3d

    lostin3d [H]ard|Gawd

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    And then a few years later. . . . .check to make sure EAX is working for those 3 games that supported it.

    edit: SW Battlefront 1 & 2-good times!
     
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  19. lostin3d

    lostin3d [H]ard|Gawd

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    I count myself fortunate to have a 1080SLI desktop rig, a 980m SLI laptop, and a 1080TI single GPU desktop rig. They really allow me to compare things. I noticed on quite a few games with SLI support where people were complaining about stuttering I saw the exact same effects on my single GPU solution. Usually less dramatic, but still there. One the other hand I've read posts for some games with people complaining and I don't experience it at all with my SLI rigs. As is so common with PC gaming, so many factors to take into account, ram, cpu, storage, bus speeds, drivers, chipsets, etc.


    I know most want to leave mgpu behind but I keep saying that if AMD shifted gears into providing easier CF implementation for the dev's that many people would buy up their cards just to get away from NV to have a good 4k/60fps, or more, experience. If a Vega64 is somewhere between 1080 and TI in some games than 2 should hit that sweet spot. That combined with VRR t.v. support and I'd switch in a heartbeat. It's hard for me to believe that it wouldn't be cheaper for that path then trying to one up NV's best. If they did it would likely force NV down one of two paths, or both. Either bring back more SLI or finally get off their butts and put out a great single card solution. Either way the consumers would win.
     
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    Comixbooks Ignore Me

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  21. motomonkey

    motomonkey [H]ard|Gawd

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    such fun, editing the config.sys and autoexec.bat files to get your sound card working at same time as the printer....
     
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  22. dvsman

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  23. M76

    M76 [H]ardness Supreme

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    I still have mine from 1998:

    Code:
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    SET SST_SWAP_EN_WAIT_ON_VSYNC=0
    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H7 P300 E620 T6
    SET SST_GAMMA=1.0
    SET SST_GRXCLK=60
    SET SOUND=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND
    SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E MODE:0
    PROMPT $P$G
    SET TEMP=C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
    GOTO %CONFIG%
    :W
    PATH C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2;C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\APPS\ARHIVERS;C:\DOS;C:\NC
    SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\APPS\GRAVIS\PCFB2
    win
    goto end
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    C:\WINDOWS\CTCM
    PATH C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2;C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\NC;C:\APPS\ARHIVERS;C:\DOS;C:\APPS\QEMM
    SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\APPS\GRAVIS\PCFB2
    c:\APPS\creative\mixerset /p
    C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI /RF C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:PLEX0001 /D:MSCD000
    C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI /RF C:\APPS\CREATIVE\AWEUTIL.COM
    C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI /RF C:\WINDOWS\SMARTDRV.EXE
    C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI /RF C:\APPS\2MF\2M.COM
    C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI /RF C:\GNET95\DOS\GMOUSE.COM
    nc
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    PATH C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2;C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\NC;C:\APPS\ARHIVERS;C:\DOS
    SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\APPS\GRAVIS\PCFB2
    c:\APPS\creative\mixerset /p
    C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD000 /D:PLEX0001
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    rem C:\APPS\2MF\2M.COM
    LH C:\GNET95\DOS\GMOUSE.COM
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    GOTO END
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    PATH C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2;C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\NC;C:\DOS
    SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\APPS\GRAVIS\PCFB2
    c:\APPS\creative\mixerset /p
    C:\APPS\CREATIVE\AWEUTIL.COM
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    goto end
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    SET PATH=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\NC;C:\DOS;C:\GNET95\DOS
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    c:\APPS\creative\mixerset /p
    goto end
    :CD
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    PATH C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2;C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\NC;C:\APPS\ARHIVERS;C:\DOS
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    shell=c:\command.com /e:1024 /p
    
    [MENU]
    MENUITEM = W, Windows 98
    MENUITEM = normal, Qemm
    MENUITEM = emm386, Emm 386
    MENUITEM = noemm, No Memory Maneger
    MENUITEM = CD,Cd Clean
    MENUITEM = CLEAN, Clean
    MENUDEFAULT = W,5
    [W]
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE RAM
    [NORMAL]
    SET LOADHIDATA=C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI.RF
    DEVICE=C:\APPS\QEMM\QEMM386.SYS RAM RF
    DEVICE=C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI.SYS /RF C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS
    DEVICE=C:\APPS\QEMM\LOADHI.SYS /RF C:\WINDOWS\SETVER.EXE
    DEVICE=c:\symbios\aspi8xx.sys
    DEVICE=C:\Symbios\symcd.SYS /D:PLEX0001
    DEVICE=C:\ASUS_CD\ASUSCD.SYS /D:MSCD000 /UDMA
    
    [EMM386]
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    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE RAM
    DEVICE=c:\symbios\aspi8xx.sys
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  24. Lifelite

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    SLI friendly but doesn't actually utilize both cards in SLI config. I see this all the time in modern games. Now days "SLI supported" just means the game will run. :p

    Also why isn't HardOCP a verified twitter account?
     
  25. Azphira

    Azphira [H]ard|Gawd

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    The comedy of it all is this 4k game and monitor delusion shit when AMD and nvidia are releasing fuck all to push it.
     
  26. Mode13

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    Still got that Gravis PC Firebird 2 joystick laying around?? :p .. I still have my 486 and Pentium III systems (still working) but my old sidewinder joystick is disintegrating.
     
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  27. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    Dunno, never really worried about it.
     
  28. M76

    M76 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Nope, had to RMA it, it developed some issue I don't remember what. They replaced it with a much less impressive Blackhawk digital. I used to have a Gravis Analog Pro as well with the transparent housing, that was my favourite.
     
  29. Lifelite

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    Eh, may or may not be worth it. Just gets rid of any question whether or not you're the real thing.
     
  30. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    Not really too worried about that. Honestly, I am not sure how you even go about it.
     
  31. lostin3d

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    That's alright, you've probably got enough twits with all of us here ;)
     
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