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Old Mar 24, 2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Multi-GPU Graphics Technology Win 7 and GPU Drivers: Vista Redux or Smooth Sailing?

We've published a new article previewing Windows 7 GPU performance. Check it out!

After a few days playing around with “the industry's first unified driver to support both Windows Vista and Windows 7”, we're ready to pull back the curtains and share a glimpse of what can be expected when GPUs and Windows 7 collide.

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Old Mar 24, 2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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Old Mar 24, 2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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Not done reading... though...

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we are going to look how ATI and nVidia are handling the preparations for its expected 2008 release.
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Old Mar 24, 2009, 05:12 PM   #4
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Interesting review/preview. Considering W7 is not even in RC status yet, it's bringing some nice results. Probably what Vista should of been.
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Also, great job Alex and Lupine. As always.
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Let me say, this was an excellent read. I don't gush like this usually, but the premise was one that I haven't seen before, and is very interesting.

Very good work Alex+Co., this is the type of article that gets linked and brings traffic .

Oh! There was one unfortunate disappointment... no pics of half naked girls kissing?? Come on guys, we're not living up to expectations here .
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Old Mar 24, 2009, 05:22 PM   #7
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Let me say, this was an excellent read. I don't gush like this usually, but the premise was one that I haven't seen before, and is very interesting.

Very good work Alex+Co., this is the type of article that gets linked and brings traffic .

Oh! There was one unfortunate disappointment... no pics of half naked girls kissing?? Come on guys, we're not living up to expectations here .
Everything Jokerz said and double it .... Nice job guyz.

I'll be back with the pics of the half naked girls kissing.

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The performance comparison page is off - you're showing two instances of the 2 4870x2's graphs, rather than the 2 4870x2 and the single 4870 512MB card. Other than that, very interesting results.

I suppose I could weasel around and ask how those numbers compare to WinXP, though I don't know too many people (other than myself) that are still running WinXP...

I also understand that the Vista performance gap vs. XP has been more or lessed filled, so can I extrapolate that Vista ~= XP?
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Editors these days ... sheesh.

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Why were the 8.12 CATs used for the benchmarks?
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The picture with the specs is wrong in that regard, sorry bout that. We'll update it ASAP.
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The picture with the specs is wrong in that regard, sorry bout that. We'll update it ASAP.
Understood. Cool review, by the way!
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I just noticed that. Indeed, the first page gushes about Cat 9.3 and then all the benchmarks are done with 8.12? Other then that though, excellent article! Made for good lunchtime reading yesterday.
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For some strange reason I cant load the review page.
http://www.rage3d.com/articles/catalyst/cat93
It just sits there with just the top intro.
Ill try tomorrow.

Forget it, works now.
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I just noticed that. Indeed, the first page gushes about Cat 9.3 and then all the benchmarks are done with 8.12? Other then that though, excellent article! Made for good lunchtime reading yesterday.
Please see above - Cat 9.3 was used for all ATi tests. Specs updated.
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"maligned Vista"

Windows 7 is Vista.

Only diffence is, things that you had to "tweak" yourself, are already tweaked.

I see no difference from the 2 OS, besides the task bar.
If you ask me, it is Vista but not the "rushed out the door" version.

Never the less, I'lll buy it.

Also ATI removed the ability to install the AGP Hotfix on Windows 7 from 9.3.
Hope they realease a Windows 7 AGP hotfix, or I'll be stuck at 9.2.......but that's ok cause I got a 4870 comming.
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Yes, very much so.
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"maligned Vista"

Windows 7 is Vista.

Only diffence is, things that you had to "tweak" yourself, are already tweaked.

I see no difference from the 2 OS, besides the task bar.
If you ask me, it is Vista but not the "rushed out the door" version.

Never the less, I'lll buy it.

Also ATI removed the ability to install the AGP Hotfix on Windows 7 from 9.3.
Hope they realease a Windows 7 AGP hotfix, or I'll be stuck at 9.2.......but that's ok cause I got a 4870 comming.
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Yes, very much so.
The biggest change that I like about W7 is the OSX type taskbar. I always liked in OSX how the links could be at the bottom and program status could be viewed by looking at the link instead of needing a whole other tab. For example, if you are copying a large file, you can easily see the file progress just by glancing at the link at the bottom. It is pretty great, and one of the biggest things I missed from Leopard.
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