Anchel Posted October 21, 2007 Report Share Posted October 21, 2007 One week ago I had a Vaio FZ-18M with an NVidia 8400M GT which happened to have only 64 Mb of dedicated video memory. I managed to sell that laptop and get a better one: the Vaio FZ-21S which, besides having a faster processor and a Blu-Ray Disc player, it also has an NVidia 8600M GS with 256 Mb of dedicated video memory and a total of 1023 when sharing. This switch should be more than good enough for some gaming. So why can't I see any noticiable differences in comparison to my old laptop? I've tried some different drivers already, but all I get is the same. Bioshock runs even worse than on the 8400M GT (the water effects look horrible because water sometimes completely stops moving, like in the first scene where you are in the middle of the sea, the water is moving and for a split second it stops moving and then it goes back to moving again, giving a weird jumpy effect - mind you that this happens completely independent of the rest of the game: I may be moving without any framerate issues, but the water does). Marvel: Ultimate Alliance worked brilliant on the 8400M GT 64 Mb at high resolutions AS LONG AS I didn't turn on the advanced light effects. I wanted to try the game in the 8600M GS 256 Mb with the same resolution but with advanced light effects on, with the result being an incredibly choppy framerate. I tried lowering the resolution down to 800 x 600 and still the light effects were slowing down the game even when those light effects were on the lowest setting. So this means that the 8400M GT 64 Mb and the 8600M GS 256 Mb HAVE THE SAME PERFORMANCE!! And then.... Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. I've mentioned before how slow that game worked on my old laptop. I've repeated countless times how the game renders completely unplayable because just jumping takes 5 seconds instead of 1 second as it should really be like. If there was a game in which I expected a better performance it was this one. But instead it works even SLOWER!!! Ok, not that much slower, but considering that before it was a real pain... Right now I'm using the 156.66 WHQL certified drivers. Are there any drivers you would recommend testing to see if I can fix my problems? BTW, Windows Vista DOES detect a much better video card. My Vista Index Score shows now a 4.8 compared to the 3.5 I was getting before, and it is mostly reduced by my Hard Drive's speed (it is 5400 rpm though). So WHAT would you recommend I do? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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