Over Macho Grande?
Nov 29, 2009
So I recently discovered the awesome that is forcing CSAA (a new-ish type of anti-aliasing) via my gfx card control panel.

It seems games typically use MSAA which is higher quality per sample but a big performance drop.

However you can use 32X CSAA and get the quality of 16X MSAA with much better performance (at least it seems).

I managed to finally crank all the graphics to their top settings* in skyrim and dragon age 2 and Bioshock:infinite and still get a solid 60fps at 2650x1600 resolution. (except you turn off the game-supplied AA, since you are doing via the control panel for the graphics card)

Anyways I just discovered this so maybe there is more I should do. but I found all I need was nVidia control panel. I used to mess around with nVidia inspector but never played with it enough to learn much. Still, it seems like the gfx card has newer version of things like AA, AF, SSAO, etc. And there is a lot of performance to be gained by disabling in-game versions of these technologies, and using the card to apply them.

I suspect AMD have similar settings for AA. But wow CSAA is awesome.

Is there more awesome out there I should go forth and learn?
OK so apparently CSAA is not that new. Not sure but it seems a lot of the performance I am seeing might also be due to having the gfx card do the work. Especially SSAO

Also flashing a custom firmware on my card and overclocking it may be helping too :D