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    Re: AMD Mantle!!New API improves performance??

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Right, that was what I meant by console +AMD PC market. But surely the advantage of such low level access to hardware is you squeeze the most out of the power available, which is going to be quite different between consoles and desktop GPUs, so to boost the PC version performance will still require quite a bit of extra work over the console (though not as much as creating an entirely new version of course).
    I think the idea is to just not get in the way.

    One thing does worry me though. I presume one source of speed on a console is to run the game as a kernel task, avoiding the user/kernel switch when handing data to the graphics driver? The quality of most games, I don't want them on ring 0 on my PC thank you.

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    Re: AMD Mantle!!New API improves performance??

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    ... to boost the PC version performance will still require quite a bit of extra work over the console ....
    Unless we're meant to accept console quality graphics on our PCs from now on, and having a faster graphics card will never get you better quality graphics?

    We're well out of my knowledge of programming here, but would those API calls need rewriting? Would they not just be parameterised, so the console gets a fixed set of parameters, but the PC can change the parameters and get better quality graphics without changing the API calls?

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    Re: AMD Mantle!!New API improves performance??

    Well the graphics driver will push the performance and faster GPU will always render quicker than a slower one. PC version ports might not get as much bang for buck as the console but this should unlock a lot more performance than we currently see.

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    Re: AMD Mantle!!New API improves performance??

    Seems Mantle is PC only, not console. Wonder if that really means Windows only.

    http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/32...mantle-support

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    Re: AMD Mantle!!New API improves performance??

    Hmm. Yeah.

    Well if AMD plan to bring Mantle over to Linux, then they really need to get their GPU Linux drivers better.

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    Re: AMD Mantle!!New API improves performance??

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Seems Mantle is PC only, not console. Wonder if that really means Windows only.

    http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/32...mantle-support
    Well consoles don't need mantle - they don't have the bloated abstraction layers that both windows and linux PCs have.

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