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Question about viewers….

I am getting a new computer soon, which is great as my current one is quite outdated. Currently I have been running on Viewer 1.X because thats all I could handle. I am excited about being able to finally upgrade, but I know there are many different viewers out there besides Viewer 2. Any suggestions? Viewers to avoid? Thanks!

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  1. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin August 4, 2011

    Whichever the newest Viewer 2 is, especially if it is a forced update! hehehe

  2. Kaylee Frye Kaylee Frye August 4, 2011

    I would suggest trying out Firestorm.  All the advantages of V2, but you can customize it so much to make it look almost exactly the same at the V1 viewer you’re used to.

  3. Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra August 4, 2011

    Seconded on the Firestorm suggestion. Though it’s looking possible that the Cool VL and/or Singularity may actually have mesh before Firestorm does. If not then it should not be too much longer in coming.

    A good thing too, as mesh just went live on mainland today.

  4. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 5, 2011

    Kirstens viewer I’m told is the only other one that has mesh enabled at the moment. Rather crashy, but then you only use it when you need to look at Mesh.

  5. Leia Rossini Leia Rossini August 5, 2011

    Phoenix has been good, but I’ll be switching to Firestorm soon.  

    oh…and get yourself a kicka$$ graphics card when you do get that new computer.  happy shopping!

  6. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska August 5, 2011

    I particularly enjoy firestorm as well. What, btw, is the best configuration to run SL, supposing someone else was getting a new galvanic analytical engine as well?

  7. Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra August 5, 2011

    Get a good cpu. Preferably at least 3Ghz or faster quad-core. The gpu is important too, but not nearly so much as the cpu.

    There are really only three classes of gpus as far as SL is concerned. Those that can’t do shiny and basic shaders are only good for basic tasks and chat, really. Those that can do windlight are about average these days. Most of them in SL are probably in this category. Next are those that can handle shadows. This is mostly reserved for the 560 and up. Yes you can run shadows on an NVidia 8000, 9000, 200 or 400 series, but only for pics because it turns SL into a slideshow.

    As for frame rates, aside from windlight and shadows, those are mostly dependant upon the cpu.

    For memory, 4GB or more. You can run it in 2, but for a new machine there’s really no reason to get less than 4. If you get 6 or more you can put the cache in a ramdisk to improve performance.

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