I got the software out of personal curiosity, I was interested in how well my machine would perform compared to some of my friends scores and to hardware running nativley on Windows.powerhouse wrote:--snip--
Before I switched my setup, I ran the Heaven Benchmark, with recommended settings from that overclock thread you linked. I had 54.4fps overall and a score of 1371 if I remember correctly. I ran that same benchmark also on my brothers native Windows 7 gaming machine he plays all day everyday (no job), his score was like 975 cant remember the fps average like 28 or 38, he has no problems playing games even new ones at a fairly competitive level. I don't think the guy cataloging the benchmarks realized how cool/usable your setup is when you posted your score, their is no slideshow with our setups I am amazed that this works so well, I even forget I am using a VM after playing games for awhile. Here is my User-benchmark: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/4829650 also I did on that machine. I had issues with Passmark being able to launch, I added the msrs which looks like it will fix it but I have not tried again. I moved my Windows 10 disk image to a non solid state last night before I reformatted so the benchmark speed for disk went down when I tested it again. Ill move it back to my SSD/ or get the Windows 7 setup.
I installed Linux Mint to test it out I also switched my Video card so the 1050 and 970 is now in the machine instead of the Firepro. I also switched my disk drives up I had initially I had my 500gb ssd for the guest and 1tb ssd for the host, this is reversed now. I think my cards always worked fine I may have just been confusing myself, I was expecting to see both NVIDIA cards in the Proprietary Driver dialog. But I just applied everything and rebooted and was all good! Linux mint looks like a great distro, I ran my default setup config and it updated it to my liking. I notice no problems with it in-fact it is better than my previous OS, it came with gufw and other pieces of software installed by default that I typically scramble to add
After I installed Linux mint, I modified my launcher script to point to my backed up windows 10 image file, I copied it over to a non SSD before formatting the disks, and I was surprised to see it just worked even after being moved around (super cool it was a ~450gb file). I ran benchmarks on it after setting up Linux Mint, but the run was worse just with the disk drive being a 3TB non-SSD. I'll get passmark and some more scores later and add them to your other thread, after I move the Windows 7 and 10 back to SSD.
I toiled with Windows 7 Installer for awhile last night but with not much success :0 I kept getting stuck at the Starting Windows dialog, uefi problems most likely. I started making a UEFI compatible usb installer but used a USB3 device and had issues with the speed when passing through. I will try again with USB2 and maybe using the Rufus installer like suggested by another user. I might as well use my Win10 vm to make it >:) I broke down and bought a ASUS pcie sound card, it should arrive tomorrow so I want to try using that instead of the USB device. I was using the USB device on my Linux machine to record audio streams in, so passing it through for games was not a long term solution.
If you have any suggestions on ways to tweak the performance of the VM further let me know, I would be interested in learning about any optimizations I could set on Windows or in qemu that would increase the performance. I did some of the basic things like High-performance power mode, and disabled the visual settings etc. Disable game dvr etc. One thing that is interesting to me is, my brothers user-benchmark (don't have it), showed he had 2% background cpu usage with Windows 7. Windows 10 I had some runs with 14-22% background usage, seems like better scores could be achievable on Windows 7 based on background usage alone. Or does that background rating notice whats happening with the other 4 cores I did not pass-through?
You mentioned you view your Guests disk files from your Host machine, if you have a link or explanation for this might be nice. I did not try mounting my img file maybe its just simple as that.