After my 8k has collected quite a bit of dust and having skipped some pitools versions I decided to test it again and got a 5k as well from a friend which I sold him.
I checked one by one past pitool versions and came to the conclusion that 254 was the only version that somewhat delivered in terms of fps.
The geometrical issues got a little better, still there though, but this is only thing that I can apreciate. (may play with H/V to improve further)
Installation worked fine (except the non-trusted issue, no biggie)
All FOV settings seem to be shrinked, probably to gain performace.
Smart Smoothing kinda works but a least on the 8k with 40Hz is disgusting. Feels like cutting through water.
But even without SM, which I remember was best having turned off anyway, there are lots of unplesantries.
The masking effect is very visible and things popping in the peripheral area even got worse than I remember. (PP on and off)
But this may actually be on NVIDIAs side as I noticed it on some 2D games as well. But many games (like division 2) usually have a setting for that to compensate.
I had artifacts like random things seem to glow and being streched for a second. (especially on table tennis)
Tracking didn’t seem to be spot on, probably because the overall feeling is way less snappy than my old vive and OD+
Just to be sure, I tried with games that delivered stable fps with pitool 1,0 and steam 100%.
The colors overall are dull, maybe beeing spoiled from the OD+ (yes, I tried contrast/brightness settings; +2/-1 seemed to make the best job)
Most funny observation is that I hated SDE most before but due to all the short commings it seems that the importance of SDE has significantly diminished.
I’ll try again tomorrow, tinkering with more settings and games just to make sure that the observations are not my fault and could have been avoided.
I tested mainly with the 8k which I still prefer.
Only + on the 5k is that it feels a tad snappier.
Maybe some input would help:
is rgb lighting still an issue that leads to problems? if yes, how do they occur?
I’m running steamvr beta, should I use the non-beta?
Is the maxres still „a must“ even when only running pitool1+steam100?
maxres for some reasons does not show in my steamvr.vsettings but in default. Sweviver said that changing the default is wrong.
Even though this setting may improve clarity and picture quality, it won‘t fix the issues mentioned above?
Overall snappyness got worse compared to 1xx versions, despite the „hardware not recognized“ issues + reboot orgies from back then?
Do 8k users agree that 254 works best for now?
Any input appreciated since I for sure need some follow up tweaks to do.
I9 9900k (HT on)
bequiet dark rock 4 pro
32 Gb 3600Hz RAM
Samsung Evo 970 M2
6x Samsnung Evo 860 SSD
WD Black HDD
Asus 1080ti Accelero Xtreme III modded
i can confirm the crash after ~1h of usage on 254, still in terms of fps it seems ok.
I could swear that „normal“ FOV seemed wider in previous versions. Have not checked on the exact numbers though.