Fabrice Roux Posted October 4, 2006 Report Share Posted October 4, 2006 A lot of people say that Vista made their gaming rig smoother (frame rate wise)... Anandtech ran a benchmark on various games with the latest Vista build 5728 against Windows XP SP2. The test rig is an AMD 64 X2 4600 / 2Gb / Ati X1900XTX but I can't believe using a nVidia GPU on a Intel CPU would change things completely. Results: Vista 5728 / XP SP2 3DMark06 5615 / 5798 Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (No AA) 94.4 / 103.6 Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (4x AA) 84.49 / 86.4 Battlefield 2 (No AA) 55.1 / 77.96 Battlefield 2 (4x AA) 52 / 77.11 FEAR (No AA) 52 / 70 FEAR (4x AA) 32 / 52 My favorite performance drop part: The sound The third notable issue is audio for gaming purposes, and while we'll have a lot more on this when the final version of Vista is released, it at least deserves a quick mention right now. As Microsoft has moved most of the Windows audio system into Vista itself and out of hardware and drivers, DirectSound3D is no longer hardware accelerated and EAX effects may never work with it again. There are several exceptions and specific scenarios to talk about here, especially with Creative Labs' soundcards since they're the de-facto vendor of gaming soundcards, but it looks like a lot of older games are going to lose some of their audio abilities. There may also be a greater performance hit due to the amount of processing that is now done solely in software. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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