Hi, I have RetroArch installed on my Linx Vision Gaming tablet, it runs Windows 10 and has an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 with 2 GB RAM. RetroArch is installed on a 128GB Micro SD Card.
I was wondering if there are any disadvantages to enabling threaded video? The most obvious one is that I can’t use shaders, and I would assume rewind etc. and some timing related stuff? But I wondered if there are any emulation related issues or glitches I might encounter?
I had Threaded Video enabled and noticed some stuttering with audio; just the odd glitch, but found it annoying, and even a huge pause (the game locked up for a couple of seconds), noticeable when playing Batman Returns on Sega CD using Genesis Plus GX.
The frame rate appears to hold a solid 60fps (but the audio stuttering is so slight that if it was a frame drop/performance issue I probably wouldn’t notice it in the video). I messed about with some audio settings (drivers, latency etc) and disabled shaders etc. to try to improve things, but even on very low-end emulators I was experiencing the occassional stutter; it felt like some sort of timing issue?
I also noticed the Estimated Screen Rate (under Video) would sometimes fluctuate quite a lot when nothing was really going on (from 59.40 etc down to 6). I assumed it was something to do with the tablet saving battery life and after messing about with some of the tablet’s performance settings and Intel graphics settings I realised it made no difference.
But when I enabled Threaded Video all the issues disappeared. So it’s a great fix (although I do miss shaders).