Part 2: 2D, Acceleration, And Windows: Aren't All Graphics Cards Equal?

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mdm08

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I have a 5850 with 10.1 drivers and it seems Photoshop CS4 doesn't recognize it as a graphics card that can improve performance so all those cool new features like animated zoom, kinetic panning, and such seem to be disabled. Also, it when you have a very complex group of objects and you try to nudge it ( move it one pixel with arrow keys) the computer actually shows the spinning wheel and has to process this instead of being instantaneous like it was on my older 7600GT. Is this an issue related with what this article is saying about apps written for GDI or is this a different issue i'm experiencing?
 

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Scores on 9600M GT and T9600 Core 2 Duo with Windows XP and latest graphics drivers. Only 11 active background processes no including benchmark, and themes disabled.

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Text: 8556 chars/sec
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Polygon: 7757 polygons/sec
Rectangle: 6564 rects/sec
Arc/Ellipse: 3874 ellipses/sec
Blitting: 13974 operations/sec
Stretching: 266 operations/sec
Splines/Bézier: 10510 splines/sec
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It would be great if you can run the test on some "pro" cards (quadroFX, quadroNVS, firePro & fireMV). Just to see if the "pro" drivers change standard UI rendering or the optimizations are only for the professional DCC software.
 

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[citation][nom]mdm08[/nom]I have a 5850 with 10.1 drivers and it seems Photoshop CS4 doesn't recognize it as a graphics card that can improve performance so all those cool new features like animated zoom, kinetic panning, and such seem to be disabled. Also, it when you have a very complex group of objects and you try to nudge it ( move it one pixel with arrow keys) the computer actually shows the spinning wheel and has to process this instead of being instantaneous like it was on my older 7600GT. Is this an issue related with what this article is saying about apps written for GDI or is this a different issue i'm experiencing?[/citation]
Oh great, more news on a 5xxx series not being able to handle simple apps like CS4.... I have yet to use CS4 on my desktop with my 5850..... I hope Ati comes out with more patches if this is a problem.
 

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windows XP is dead... get on the windows 7 64bit bandwagon already you Luddites! (not referring to the authors of the article, they raise good points; I am referring to those customers who insist that XP is some sort of holy grail of windows bliss never seen before or after)
 
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Scores on P4 2.8 HT Northwood W ati 2600 pro drivers 10.1 aero Win 7 :
BENCHMARK: DIRECT DRAWING TO VISIBLE DEVICE

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Arc/Ellipse: 6127 ellipses/sec
Blitting: 379 operations/sec
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Splines/Bézier: 5263 splines/sec
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Scores on P4 2.8 HT Northwood W ati 2600 pro drivers 10.1 aero Win 7 :

BENCHMARK: DIB-BUFFER AND BLIT

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Arc/Ellipse: 5604 ellipses/sec
Blitting: 1443 operations/sec
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Splines/Bézier: 12213 splines/sec
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Rdaeon 4670, amd 7750be, winxp, drivers 10.1, resolutie 1280x1024, 32bit
Text: 45746
line: 40508
Splines/beziers: 20466
Poygon: 322
Rectangle: 1954
Arc/E.: 3494
Biting: 2406
Stretching: 211
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I’ve always preferred GDI operations over those of the NOD. GDI have more basic operations set verses NOD’s more complex and sometimes unreliable operations.
 

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A couple of ideas...

First, try adding a DDB (device dependent bitmap) test mode as well - even if your DIBs are using the same colordepth as the display mode, perhaps some drivers fail to optimize for this?

Second, what about the power savings mode modern GPUs tend to run in, in 2D mode? I'm not sure what it takes to kick out of the power-savings mode, but perhaps it could be as simple as creating a D3D context and displaying a single frame?
 

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4870 Windows 7 running Cat 9.12
 

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BENCHMARK: DIRECT DRAWING TO VISIBLE DEVICE

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BENCHMARK: DIB-BUFFER AND BLIT

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Arc/Ellipse: 30395 ellipses/sec
Blitting: 10595 operations/sec
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Splines/Bézier: 47304 splines/sec
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snemarch

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[citation][nom]ljbade[/nom]When will they get curves/ellipses fixed?[/citation]Probably not the easiest thing to accelerate on a GPU - the prime candidates would be filled polys, rectangles (subset of polys) and blits (including stretched ones - easy to do with a 3D quad or two tris).

Points, lines, bezier curves, arcs (and circles, a subset of arc), ellipses, unfilled polys/rectangles ... all those aren't easily/efficiently implemented with the core 3D primitive: filled polygons. Perhaps some of it can be efficiently implemented with shaders, but that's uncharted territory for me :)
 

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Splines/Bézier: 15977 splines/sec
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CPU: C2D e4300
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Arc/Ellipse: 23234 ellipses/sec
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BENCHMARK: DIRECT DRAWING TO VISIBLE DEVICE (AMD FUSION: Productibity)
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Splines/Bézier: 35804 splines/sec
Score: 2138

Windows vista 64, Phenom2 x3 720 (4 core enabled), Catalyst 10.1, ati 5850
 

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[citation][nom]gamerk316[/nom]*Sigh*, again, why I prefer OpenGL instead; having two seperate operation pipelines for 2d/3d space is just madness...[/citation]OpenGL wasn't an option when GDI was introduced, and doesn't handle multiple targets (printer, screen)... and 2D/3D has been unified in DirectX for quite a while :)
 
Sometimes we get questions in the forums from graphics designers, design engineers, and university students about building a new pc suitable for use with Adobe, AutoCad, and other similar applications. What should we tell them about selecting a video card?
 

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[citation][nom]wxj[/nom]I’ve always preferred GDI operations over those of the NOD. GDI have more basic operations set verses NOD’s more complex and sometimes unreliable operations.[/citation]

Plus, the Ion Cannon is a lot more precise than the nuke, although give me a stealth tank over a Mammoth anyday...
 
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