(03-01-2010, 05:44 PM)ikazu Wrote: How can you get decent speed if you don't run by iso?
And the best config u wanted are speed or the graphics? If u want to run fast, u will have to sacrifice ur nice graphics. And if u want nice-looking graphics, u will iave to sacrifice speed.
If u want both, buy E8600.
To get decent speed by playing from the CD, I would think that the DVD-ROM's read speed may actually play factor. In my experience, the only difference (that only one that stood out enough for me to notice very quickly, anyway) was when voice acting came up (FFX). There would be a brief pause (literally 1 second or so) before the voices would play. But, I do have a pretty decent ROM drive.
Making a image (ISO) is a easy way to remove one of many factors/variables that may keep you from ever even seeing your game, let alone enjoy playing it! In the end, there are only two things you want (and can't avoid, at that) standing between you and PS2 emulation. They are:
The power of your PC and the emulators/plugins compatablity
Don't let plugins be your problem! I'm going to make a very bold statement here, and bare in mind (as I do), this is in my experience
, from what I've seen/read
and in my opinion
As for "What plugins do I us/work best?", your really only facing the graphics and the CDVD plugins. Granted, sound can play factor, but don't you need sound for "Playable" gaming experience. I personally haven't noticed any noteworthy difference (yet
) when switching to other plugins, and that's not to say I have any problems on what was set by default. I understand that the "stutter" experienced is usually due to the sound having to stop to let the slower than normal frame rate catch up with the sound. Does that sound right?
Your choice with graphics plugins is basically between ZeroGS and GSdx (with the highest instruction set supported by your processor. That's that "SSE2", "SSSE3" & "SSE4(.1)" thing, for the noobs,) I've found GSdx to work more often than ZeroGS. That's not to say ZeroGS can't prove better. When testing yourself, try GSdx first. If you have problems (mainly graphical), try ZeroGS as a solution.
As for CDVD plugins, the choice is (again) just between two; Linuz ISO and Gigaherz CDVD. I can't say one has been better then the other more often. There have only been a few cases (for me) that one only gave me a black screen, and the other worked. Of course, this is a case-by-case basis, in the end, the only consistant advantage would be Linuz not needing the help of third party software like DAEmon to run games of your harddrive. Convenience.
Everything else has proven fine as it comes (plugins being used). As for the settings of the plugins, I feel you shouldn't be surprised when presented with two choices: better graphics or better speed. You have to give to get. Your setting the emulator to focus more on one than the other. This concept applies to a lot of settings/hacks/fixes. Exceptions being things like game specific fixes. If anyone wants to point out any more exceptions, I'd be happy to add them here.
If you do as I have, I'd say you should only be faced with those two things mentioned earlier. Especially with FFX (and other RPGs, as that's my most played genre).