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How to get a speed increase!
#1
I'm on windows 7 64 bit and this helped...

Click start>right click on computer>click properties>click advanced system settings>click advanced tab>click performance settings>click on adjust for best performance then click apply and ok Smile you can change it back when your finished playing.

Sped up my PCSX2 0.9.7 r2666

Computer Specs:
Amd Phenom X3 8750 oc to 3.0
Nvidia GeForce 8100/ nForce 720a integrated video card(getting a video card Friday)
3 gb ram
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#2
Yup, I think it's because that turns off Aero and some other gimmicks, which takes some load off from the system.
Intel C2D E6550 2.33GHz (OC@2.8GHz)
Corsair CM2X1024 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 DRAM
ASUS P5K
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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#3
Yeah that's it, a lot of people probably didn't know about it.
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#4
Well, it`s the best way to speed up without overclocking or anything.

Changing some performance settings in graphics cards might work too. (like turning anti-aliassing off, and putting everything on hi prefo.)
Although most ppl only change those for issues, not for speed. And these probably only boost 3D games very slightly.
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#5
How much of a speed boost are we talking about?
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#6
Depends...if you already have a fast machine, you won't notice the difference, especially if your gfx card is a fast one.

If your gfx card is lacking (or lack of a discrete one), Aero will make your CPU taking the brunt of producing the effects.
Since PCSX2 is CPU heavy, if Aero takes a chunk of CPU cycles to maintain the visual effects, it will slow down PCSX2.
Turning it off will free the CPU to a degree that the newly freed resource can be used for PCSX2 and make it faster.

Personally, with a C2D E6550 2.33GHz (OC'd @ 2.8GHz) and a 5770, I don't really feel much difference.
Front Mission 5 might've gone up 2~4 fps but that's all about it.

YMMV, and CMIIW.
Intel C2D E6550 2.33GHz (OC@2.8GHz)
Corsair CM2X1024 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 DRAM
ASUS P5K
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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#7
I must be going crazy, i have a weakling Radeon 4350 and didn't notice any difference at all. And that was going from "best appearance" to "best performance"...
System- Lenovo Ideapad Y560
CPU- Intel Core i7 Q740 @1.73GHz-2.93GHz
Memory- 6GB DDR3
Video Card- Radeon 5730 1GB
OS- Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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#8
Summary:
It's JUST aero that's a slowdown sometimes, on some configurations, in some games.
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#9
Its a similar concept to my friend telling me that I *have* to run my laptop on high performance when I use pcsx2. Since I only use my laptop at work and plugged in, it makes no difference, but apparently he gets like 5fps better sometimes.
Laptop
Intel Core 2 Duo PM8600 @ 2.4 GHz
4 GB DDR3 1066 RAM
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670 512 MB

Desktop
AMD Phenom II x2 550 (unlocked to 4)@ 3.5ghz
4 GB DDR3 1600 RAM
Sapphire 5770 1GB
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#10
Apparently, 'VU Cycle Stealing' lv. 2 speeds up most games (that I tested) with unnoticeable gfx errors (compared to not using it at all a.k.a. lv. 0).
These games are Front Mission 5, FFX and FFX-2.

Suikoden III also gets a boost without any noticeable artifacts; 60 fps walking on the field with 4x AA is quite a feat, though in battles I still get less than 50fps (around 45~48fps).
But then again, before setting it at lv. 2 I got like, what, 30~35fps?
So it's really a boon to me.

But YMMV...
Intel C2D E6550 2.33GHz (OC@2.8GHz)
Corsair CM2X1024 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 DRAM
ASUS P5K
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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