Re: question about optermising with alpha layers....
on 06-05-2005 07:18 PM
There's always something you can optimize. If I were your AD I'd ask to see the model, and probably a couple fresh eyes would be able to pinpoint where you could shave some.
In a studio situation it's often a balance of how much time do you have left on it, vs. how much of a killer those extra verts might be peformance-wise. Totally depends. Probably faster to optimize the model than to start over.
The alpha planes might be more of a hit than the extra verts, depending. The way I understand it on the PC, everytime you switch materials on a surface, you're dividing up the model into separate chunks of vertices to send to the graphics card. Each chunk, whether 1 tri or 3000 tris doesn't matter, has to be sent separately which can slow things down more than just sending a single 300o-tri chunk of verts.