I was fooling around with OpenGL a little and was just doing some random performance tests to see how far my hardware can go.
After creating random vertices for about one million triangles I still had a constant 60 frames per second. Which is nice.
However, I once tried to set the Z-coordinate for all vertices to 0.5 (x and y are still random) and suddenly the frame rate dropped like crazy. I hardly got 200 000 triangles until my frame rate started to drop.
The depth buffer function I used was GL_LESS. I use orthogonal projection by the way.
Why is that? What is causing so much trouble if all vertices share the same z position?
Thanks for all your answers.