View Full Version : particle accelerating?

08-30-2001, 02:44 PM
Is there a way to accelerate rendering of particles in OpenGL? I just use textured triangle strips for mine... is there some way to speed it up? I heard D3D has a Particle Accelerator.. does OGL have one of those? Or is it just made up? heh


08-30-2001, 03:19 PM
The best is to use one triangle per particule - with alpha test to get the proper shape - and to render them with vertex arrays, all at once

08-30-2001, 07:26 PM
ild use a quad instead of one tri ( less fillrate used which is usually more of a killer with particle systems than an extra 33% vertices )

ild draw the quads like so
glDrawArrays( GL_QUADS, .. ) (or 2 tris, not a strip/fan though)

u cant use strips cause u will have to call a new array for each particle + theres prolly gonna be lots