Originally Posted by Skillz
911medic, offtopic question but how much of a difference did upgrading to that 7800GTX give you? Your system is configured closly to mine, and I am in the process of upgrading to the 7800 myself.
3D (full power) performance is pretty dramatically better. I can play FEAR at native res (1440x900) with all settings on "maximum" except soft shadows off and 2x gamma corrected TMSAA/16xAF. 3D (low power) performance (on battery) is noticeably better. I have to turn off AA in FEAR, and lower AF to 8x, but other settings remain the same.
Battery life is noticeably lower, however, especially while gaming. Around an hour and a half. 2D battery life isn't bad, at about 3 hours if I turn PowerMizer to "Maximum Power Savings" (just don't try to game on battery at this setting).
With your higher resolution screen, I'd think you'd benefit even more than I do. Pinmodded CPU/more memory is next for me. I REALLY need more memory, as in FEAR I have hitches as textures load, or as enemies approach, until things are loaded from the HDD. I'm sure things will be the same for you.