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    Default What is this setting supposed to do? Graphic Effects in KDE System Settings

    In System Settings under Appearance>Style>Fine Tuning tab there is the following setting for graphic effects. Can someone please explain what it does and how it works because I don't seem to see any difference in the effect the settings have. By default it seems set to low display resolution and high CPU. This seems opposite to what one would expect it to be.
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    Default Re: What is this setting supposed to do? Graphic Effects in KDE System Settings

    There are some small graphic effects in KDE, like shadows, blending in
    widgets and stuff like that.

    They can slow down the cpu and this is an option to switch them off.

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    Default Re: What is this setting supposed to do? Graphic Effects in KDE System Settings

    Thanks for replying. But I'm not clear as to how the setting works. How are the different options meant to be interpreted? For example the two options below seem counter intuitive. Do you take the interpretation literally as in

    Low display resolution and high CPU - Does that meant it uses more CPU power for low res?
    High display resolution and low CPU - Does that mean to reduce CPU power for high res?

    Or is it meant to be interpreted as priorities?
    Low display resolution and high CPU - Keep the priority of low res and high cpu i.e. it will reduce the display effects to free CPU power.
    High display resolution and low CPU - Here the display res has a high priority over the CPU, i.e. it will force all the effect to look correct at the expense of using up a lot of CPU power.

    It still doesn't make much sense to me which ever way you read it. If it's referring to display effect then why use the term resolution in the options and most graphic adapters have their own CPU's so don't really impact the main CPU. Completely confused.
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    Default Re: What is this setting supposed to do? Graphic Effects in KDE System Settings

    I think it is asking for the specifications of your machine here. Does it have a fast cpu? High display resolution? etc. pp.

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    Default Re: What is this setting supposed to do? Graphic Effects in KDE System Settings

    Quote Originally Posted by gropiuskalle View Post
    I think it is asking for the specifications of your machine here. Does it have a fast cpu? High display resolution? etc. pp.
    Perhaps but they could have worded it a lot better to make it more clear what they mean.

    Can anyone confirm this is a KDE setting and not something openSUSE has added. I'll check in the KDE forums to see if I can get a definitive answer.
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