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You built yourself a better rig and sprung for 16 or 32GB of fast DDR4 to "future proof" a bit or just because you could :D Even if you moved up to an SSD large enough to house all your OS and program files you can achieve performance in excess of double the speed you get on SSD's by utilizing all that excess DDR4 to it's fullest. Detailed instructional videos on setting up a RamDrive can be viewed here: Radeonmemory.com . I don't specifically endorse AMD's ram drive, I simply noticed ads for it when installing a new GPU several generations of white box builds ago and was intrigued. I found theirs to be very easy to set up and use. I keep all Steam files and COP + Mod + Save game files on my Ram Drive image. With maxed out settings my initial load time is about 55 seconds and reloads about 5-6 seconds. Total Ram drive size required is just under 11GB, so if you have 16GB of DDR3 you can easily get away with a 12GB or 12288MB drive. The videos explain in detail, but for simplicities sake I will summarize: You create a ram drive of 12288MB or larger, use windows disk management to view your new partition and format it; NTFS is fine. Now you can access it to install games files etc. via windows explorer. You save the disc image onto either your SSD or traditional hard drive. This takes a couple minutes. I check off the box to load my image when windows loads. You can now install whatever you want on your ram drive. Prepare to be stunned at how fast things run and load. I save my image whenever I will be away from my computer for a couple minutes. I back the image up regularly just like any other files I value. I do not have the image save automatically when windows closes because it takes longer to shut down. If you do not have an adequate UPS to keep your system either up fully long enough to save your ram disk or in suspend long enough to outlast any power outage do not use a ram drive. Besides the blazing speed in games, using ram reduces wear/leveling loads on your expensive SSD and will keep it running at peak performance longer.

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jasper34 Creator
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Until 2.2 is released, and no, I am not going to tell you when, this game_relations file will keep cats from killing NPC's and Lassie. Cats will attack you still. Just copy it over the file in configs/creatures and overwrite.
Dropbox.com

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Here is my latest performance article geared primarily towards laptop users, but the combination of tweaks will benefit anyone.
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I used this combination on my wife's 2.4GHz turbo A6-3430MX laptop with 6GB of shared RAM.

At default switch_distance of 300 meters, static lighting, maximum quality preset, native resolution of 1366x768, I averaged 40-45 FPS while running.

Using DX11 HDAO low, same settings I averaged 20-25 at native resolution, 25 at 1280x720, 30 solid at 1024x600. Load times were cut in half with lite textures.

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poomanchu
poomanchu

What fps limiter do you recommend and is easy to use?

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jasper34 Creator
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The scopes on all weapons for 2.2 have been tweaked to have zooms accurate to those described at several FOV's. If a weapon says it has a 4X zoom, it will be exactly 4X zoom at that FOV. here is a simple chart with the exact settings. You can now easily customize the zoom on your favorite shooter to something other than standard. Additionally, I have included the settings needed to have Zero Iron Sights Zoom if you desire that. Anyone can feel free to PM me if they have any questions. Dropbox.com

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jasper34 Creator
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I got my set of Chernobyl Memorial cards, you can too Kickstarter.com

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N.Aaroe
N.Aaroe

Cheers!

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jasper34 Creator
jasper34

Anyone wishing to block the radio music in the bars can follow these instructions: Dropbox.com

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jasper34 Creator
jasper34

What IS that Whining sound??? There aren't any mosquitos in Misery ... Oh, poor bandit that mean stalker winged you and left you to die? Let me help you carry that loot while you sound like someone waiting for 2.2 ... I know it's hurts to breathe, let me help you with that. Damn!, that stain is going to be tough to get out. Wow, no wonder you were so slow to dodge that attack burdened with all this stuff. No worries, you know I'm always eager to help. I'll hold on to this for your next of kin.

I joke, but my current rig was built just so I wouldn't have to wait as long for Misery to load and reload ;)

Seriously though, can't you suffer quietly like those nice Monolith fellows? Now get out of here Stalker until 2.2 is ready ;) !!!

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jasper34 Creator
jasper34

Want to Game at 40C and not hear your computer? Here's my secret Dropbox.com

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jasper34 Creator
jasper34

Don't want the available ammo count to be on your display? Try this: Edit C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stalker Call of Pripyat\gamedata\configs\ui\maingame_16.xml with notepad++ and add a leading 5 to the X and Y components starting at line 201. Then it will look like this Dropbox.com leaving only your ammo type and firing mode visible.

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