How would this run most games? FF10 or 12? DMC3? Any FPS games like KillZone? What about Xbox and GC emus?
Also, if I use disks will I get better performance then if I backed them up on my HDD?
Tried running it before on my old PC <1.8ghz with ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series and 1.5gb RAM>. Didn't go well, stayed around 25-30% after I went thru options and set everything for speed... Any feedback will help a ton. Thanks.
Ehh, it would run them ok I imagine, but the i3 2100 would do a better job. Emulation is all about the CPU and PCSX2 doesn't use more than two cores. --- i5 3570k @4.2 GHz/ Asrock Z77 Extreme4 / 8GB G.Skill Sniper 1866 / MSI GTX 560 / Corsair Force GT 120GB / Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Not sure about that specific graphics card, but PCSX2 performs better with Intel CPUs. Xbox has no good emulator, but Dolphin for GC/Wii is just about as demanding as PCSX2 depending on the game. ISOs on the HDD (backups) will give you MUCH faster performance than with discs. I just rip my PS2 games and it works fine.
Killzone is, to my knowledge, not properly emulated.
As for that computer, without clicking the link, I can already tell you that it's a terrible choice for a PCSX machine. --- mmarkster posted... Even though the game runs in 720p, it produces another 480p stream for the New Controller. That's like 1200p!
Okay I didn't mean for this to turn in to an Intel vs AMD topic. This is what I got, and from what I'm understanding it will work. Guess there is no better way then to try it myself.. Recommend a good tool to take the images from my PS2 disks since it will run faster being a .iso file? Let me get this straight then, the emulation is more based on processor speed and less to do with graphics cards? And my 3,6ghz with 3.8 turbo isn't enough? Might be rethinking upgrading that GT520 to a Radeon HD 6850 if thats the case. Diablo 3 can wait since League of Legends runs so beautifully right now.
It's not that your 3.6/3.8 isn't enough, it's that your AMD Bulldozer based CPU needs something close to 5ghz for true full-speed PS2 emulation, whereas Intel Core i5 2500k is more than capable of it at stock settings. Basically, Bulldozer is ****. Sorry for your loss. That's not an AMD vs Intel thing, it's just the truth.
The following AMD configurations have, under some circumstances, managed full speed PS2 emulation: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 4.3 / 4.2 GHz OC 63.24 FPS / 61.30 FPS AMD FX-8120 @ 4.7 / 4.6 GHz OC (2 Modules) 62.02 FPS / 60.72 FPS AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.2 GHz OC 60.84 FPS AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition @ 4.3 GHz OC 60.04 FPS With 60fps being "full speed".
As we can clearly see, AMD Bulldozer just really really sucks at PS2 emulation.
And yeah, all the GPU does for emulation is draw the (incredibly simple) scene. Less GPU intensive than running a port of the game. --- mmarkster posted... Even though the game runs in 720p, it produces another 480p stream for the New Controller. That's like 1200p!
At native resolution, it is unlikely you will see an increase in performance in PCSX2 with that video card upgrade. If you were using a 3x or 4x rendering resolution and forced AA, it may help a bit. But really it's all about CPU speed. I went from a Phenom II X4 at 3.2ghz to an i5 2500k at the same speed and it was a massive upgrade for emulation. Unfortunately, as others have said, it is very unlikely you will be getting 60fps on a large number of games that many Intel processors have no issues with. --- i5 2500k at 4.5ghz - Sapphire 5850 crossfire - MSI Z68A-GD80 - Seasonic X 750W - GSkill 16GB - Crucial m4 128GB - NZXT Beta EVO