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Phil's Wing Commander IV benchmark

Postby tpowell.ca » 2019-3-10 @ 13:58

Question for Phil or anyone who knows.
Does anyone have a savegame for the interior ship section that apparently is cpu killer/benchmark mentioned in Phil's videos on YouTube?
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Re: Phil's Wing Commander IV benchmark

Postby tpowell.ca » 2019-3-12 @ 13:39

I don't recall which youtube video, but it was a mere mention by Phil about getting under 10fps on even Pentium-generation machine.

Having played this game, I just don't recall which part Phil speaks of.
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Re: Phil's Wing Commander IV benchmark

Postby keropi » 2019-3-12 @ 13:45

I remember seeing this too - but unfortunately as I am not interested in WC games I don't remember the details :\
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Re: Phil's Wing Commander IV benchmark

Postby Baoran » 2019-3-12 @ 17:40

I always thought the bad performance was during when your ships is being launched at start of any mission. Phil always said that performance gets better once you clear the hangar.
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Re: Phil's Wing Commander IV benchmark

Postby clueless1 » 2019-3-12 @ 19:42

Baoran wrote:I always thought the bad performance was during when your ships is being launched at start of any mission. Phil always said that performance gets better once you clear the hangar.

The performance drop happens while your ship is inside the hangar--doesn't matter whether at the beginning or ending of a mission. It is a cpu bottleneck and tends to go away at around 266-333Mhz (PII, K6-2).

I believe from mission 1 you can experience this, no special save needed to get to it.

edit: And I believe this happens in WC3 as well a WC4. It's been a couple of years since I played so hopefully my memory has not become corrupted.
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