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Degraded texture shading on dense meshes
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System Information
Operating system: Windows 10 Enterprise, 64bit
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

Blender Version
Broken: 2.80 beta, hash: a1ae04d15a9f, date:2019-01-29 22:41
Worked: 2.79b (official), hash: f4dc9f9d68b, date:2018-03-22 14:10

Short description of error
Texture shading degrades (not smooth) on high dense meshes. Used a wave texture in the example, but the problem is present also using high resolution image textures (I used zebra reflection map). Present in Eevee LookDev and Rendered, and also in Solid mode using high resolution matcap.

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
Use this file (from the screenshots) and open it with 2.79b and 2.8beta to compare :

In an empty file add a monkey, turn on smooth shading, subdivide it smooth 6-10 times or use Subdivision modifier(6 subdivisions are enough). Add a reflection mapped wave texture and thats it.
In 2.79b the more subdivisions are added the more smooth appears the texture. Used Material display mode so the texture gets visible in the viewport.
In 2.8 beta there is noticeable distortion of the smoothness even with very high subdivision levels.
It's more noticeable with reflection and normal mapping, but present in other mapping modes also.
The problem is not present in Cycles. Only with matcaps and Eevee display modes.

Event Timeline

Jacques Lucke (JacquesLucke) lowered the priority of this task from 90 to 50.

I think this is because we use encoded 10bits normal vectors for performance and VRAM usage.

Maybe we need to add a highquality normal/tangent option somewhere.

@Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) any thoughts?

If it's indeed the 10bit normals, I guess there is not much that can be done besides adding an option for higher quality normals (16bit?).

I wouldn't know how to avoid such artifacts otherwise.

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) lowered the priority of this task from 50 to Low.Feb 13 2019, 5:24 PM
Clément Foucault (fclem) changed the subtype of this task from "Report" to "Known Issue".Jan 17 2020, 9:16 PM