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I'm currently trying to play my all time favorite game, Final Fantasy X, on the PCSX2 emulator and I'm constantly running at around 35-40 FPS, about 70-80% of optimal performance.

Does anyone know what sort of settings I should be looking into configuring to optimize game performance?

My specific specs are:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Motherboard: XFX Nforce 680i Sli
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
  • Memory: ~4GB RAM
  • DirectX Version: DX11
  • Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5800
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@Raven Do we even have a solid site policy concerning emulators and emulator optimization? The highest voted stance on this meta-post says that we should only disallow links to emulator sites and flag content that asks for emulator sites. None of the other stances seem to even be really against having emulator questions on our site. While the FFX part is kind of iffy, I feel like emulator optimization is an okay topic for this site. – Mana Jan 29 '11 at 3:58
@Mana -- No, we do not. Hence my mention of a "gray area". – Raven Dreamer Jan 29 '11 at 6:44
@Mana -- ...and I see that my statement doesn't include that any more. I think I need to get some sleep; I can't even get what I write straight, anymore. Comment redacted until I can think straight again. – Raven Dreamer Jan 29 '11 at 6:45

Your hardware should easily enough run it

Getting PS2 emulators to work is largely about finding a good video plugin and bios. Aside from that, Final Fantasies are notoriously picky and often you will need to turn up or down hardware acceleration in your drivers.

You can also try running the emulator using XP Compatibility mode if you still have issues.

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To improve performance in PCSX2 you need more processor power than GPU power.

Also be away the XFX motherboard is a CRAPPY brand.

So, how do I get more processor power, you ask? Buy a faster processor, Core i7 or at least a Core 2 Quad Q8xxx or better yet a Core 2 Quad Q9xxx.

Why? Because the Core 2 Quad Q8xxx and Q9xxx support MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3 and SSE4.1. Q6600 don't support SSE4.1, that extra is going to give you a bit more power to run PS2 games.

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Are you sure any of the PS2 emus actually use SSE4.1 intrinsics? – Vality Aug 7 '14 at 13:19

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