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Old 12 October 2014, 11:01   #1
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Massive Performance Gains In Dolphin Emulator!

I thought this might interest some of you.

Recently there has been a lot of improvements made to the Dolphin emulator with some major performance gains-

https://dolphin-emu.org/blog/2014/09...eptember-2014/

http://www.pcgamer.com/how-gamecubew...a-turbocharge/

Dolphin POV-Ray Benchmark: 62% faster
Sonic Colors: 39% faster
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader: 103% faster
F-Zero GX: 110% faster
The Last Story: 38% faster
Xenoblade Chronicles: 40% faster

https://dolphin-emu.org/download/

Having used Dolphin a lot on my pc in the last few years with bluetooth and a real wiimote, this news is fantastic.
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Old 12 October 2014, 13:16   #2
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Dolphin is becoming better and better along time. In the end it is likely to replace and improve the original hardware. An awesome piece of software without any doubt.
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Old 12 October 2014, 14:29   #3
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I just ran gamecube F-zero through the latest Dolphin on my PC(see sig), and apart from a few minor stutters when starting the game due to first run caching, it ran brilliantly.

F-zero was always quite tough to run through Dolphin, but the latest optimizations in the emulator make it much easier to achieve full speed now.

I was running it at 1800p + 4xMSAA/16xAF downsampled to 1080p at a constant 60fps.

I think i could even push my the downsampling res and MSAA settings even higher as it wasn't even pushing my pc.

When running F-zero my cpu was only getting used around 20-25% and one of my 780's was only getting 20% usage.
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Old 12 October 2014, 14:35   #4
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How well would this emulator run Star Fox Adventures? I would really love to play that game again. Although my PC may not be up to task with it's i5-2500k 3.30 GHz.
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Old 12 October 2014, 15:24   #5
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How well would this emulator run Star Fox Adventures? I would really love to play that game again. Although my PC may not be up to task with it's i5-2500k 3.30 GHz.
I just ran it for a quick test and it looks very promising.
The title screen and first stage were running at around 55-60fps on my pc, this was at 1800p with 4xMsaa and downsampling it down to 1080p!

It was virtually full speed and smooth to play, but i would need to play into it further to see what the later levels run like.
Also starfox adventures was a little more demanding to run then f-zero was on my hardware.

But considering that dolphin really only uses 2 cores your cpu might be fine, especially with the latest optimizations they have done.
Also you don't need to run it with crazy high setting like i do, at 720p-1080p it would obviously be less demanding to run.

I use downsampling etc because i can i guess, lol, my PC is a beast and makes the PS4/Xbone look like gameboys!
But i think as long as you have an intel dual core and above cpu running at around 3.5ghz and above, you should be right with most gamecube games through dolphin, wii games might be a little more demanding to run though.

Edit- When trying Dolphin just be prepared for some stuttering when you first run games, after it caches they should run stutter free.
Also the Star wars rogue squadron games are still not playable, although they run faster they have graphic bugs, that's why i bought a real cube for them!
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Old 12 October 2014, 15:50   #6
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Wow it looks great! I guess I should take the plunge and get this emulator working then I can handle the odd frame drops, especially being a 3d game, my main pet peeve is sound stuttering, used to get loads of that with the N64 emulators. Thanks for the heads up!
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I thought Star Wars - Rogue Squadron II or III were unplayable...

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Old 12 October 2014, 16:08   #8
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I thought Star Wars - Rogue Squadron II or III were unplayable...
Although they now run faster, they are still unplayable because of a graphic glitches because not all the gamecube hardware has been fully emulated yet.

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I had this running Super Mario Galaxy 2 @ 2560 x 1440 with a rock steady 60fps
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