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Shadow of the Colossus - Detailed Guide and Feedbacks (SVN r5330)
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Hello all. This is my first post here and wanted to share about one of the most headache-inducing configs for optimal performance using PCSX2 - Shadow of the Colossus.

I've noticed that there are too many configs already available posted by many respected players, but even the best config which seemed to work with majority of players out there does not seem to produce the desired smooth experience in my system. I STILL ended up tweaking one thing or another to get to an acceptable level of performance in this game, and I still yearn for more tweaks.


Tested in my Notebook :

ASUS G73JH-A1,
i7 720QM @ 1.6GHz non-turbo mode,
8GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz
AMD Mobility Radeon 5870
2TB HDD (1TB+1TB)
Installed Win7-Ultimate x64, WinXP Pro x86 & Linux Mint 13 x64.
Most of my emulation works are done in XP.
Using Logitech RumblePad 2 (wired) for the controller.

Without much adieu...

The following settings provided me the most "pleasing" experience to watch and play Shadow of the Colossus in my system :


Shadow of the Colossus

PCSX2 Ver.: 0.9.9 r5330 (SVN)


Plugins:

GS : Gsdx 5330 (MSVC 16.00, SSSE3) 0.1.16 [Gsdx32-SSSE3-r5330]
PAD : LilyPad svn (r5258) 0.11.0 [LilyPad-r5258]
SPU2 : SPU2-X r5317 2.0.0 [SPU2-X-r5317]
CDVD : cdvdvGigaherz (r4488) 0.8.0 [cdvdGigaherz-r4488]
USB : USBnull Driver r5319.0.7.0 [ USBnull-r5319]
FW : Fwnull Driver r5319.0.7.0 [Fwnull-r5319]
DEV9 : DEV9null Driver r5319 0.5.0 [DEV9null-r5319]





EE/IOP:

EE : Recompiler
IOP : Recompiler
Round Mode : Chop / Zero
Clamping Mode : None

VUs:

VU0: microVU Recompiler
VU1: microVU Recompiler
Round Mode : Chop / Zero
Clamping Mode: None

GS: All options left at default.

GS Window:

Wait for Vsync on refresh : Checked
Dynamically toggle Vsync depending on frame rate : Checked
(Generally this is more towards personal preference and desires)


Speedhacks:

EE Cyclerate:1
VU Cycle stealing: 3
Enable INTC Spin detection : Checked
Enable Wait Loop Detection: Checked
mVU Flag Hack: Checked
MTVU: Off
Enable fast CDVD: Off

Game Fixes: Off


GSdx:

Direct3D9 (Hardware)
Interlacing : Auto
Custom resolution : 1920 1080
Texture Filtering : Checked (Full On)
Logarithmic Z : Checked
Allow 8-bit textures: Checked
Alpha correction (FBA) : Checked
Enable HW Hacks : Off

SPU2-X Settings:

Interpolation: 4 – Catmull-Rom
Module: 1 – XAudio 2, Latency 153ms
Synchronizing Mode : TimeStretch
Audio Expansion Mode: Stereo (none, default)




So there. In addition to loads of configs already available, you can also try the above settings.

Also, I'm open to more suggestions and feedbacks. Maybe I can improve some more on the gaming experience. Let me know if I need to do something about my settings.


Notes:

1. Options that are not explicitly mentioned are left at default values.

2. SSSE4 does not provide additional benefits compared to SSSE3 in my system.

3. MTVU is better turned off in this game

4. The internal resolution is entirely up to the user's preference and ability. The HD res. seems to run fine in my system. Native or x3 res. causes horrible blurring and high gamma washout appearance. Also, other res. causes the black "pillar" to appear at the right of the screen.

5. Since you guys have mentioned that the FPS values on the title bar of the window is not reliable due to cycle stealing, I didn't explicitly state that. (It ranges from 40+fps to 60+fps.)

6. Game Fixes seem to screw up the gaming experience in my system.

7. Hardware Hack seems to slow down the emulation in my system.

8. Changing PAD plugins didn't help in my system either.

9. Even though I do have Win7 in this same system, I didn't use it for the directx 10+ because my RumblePad works better with the pad plugins in windows xp. Dunno why.

10. ASUS G73 does NOT have official support for Windows XP, but it IS possible to install XP on it with all functions performing at max.
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