I think we can all agree that the GeForce Go 7200 is very comparable to the ATI X1300, here are the specs on both GPUs:
nVidia GeForce Go 7200 ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
Shader Model 3 Shader Model 3
4 Pipelines 4 Pipelines
64-bit Memory Bus 64-bit/128-bit Memory Bus
3DMark2003: ~2700 3DMark2003: ~2400
“Nvidia recommends ANY of their 7000 or 6000 series for FULL advantages of Vista.”
So in a real world test of Vista any 7000 or 6000 GPU would take FULL advantage of Vista?
Well here’s a quote from a real world test of a 6000 series card and the X1300 card on vista system:
“ATI uses the Radeon X300 core in its current crop of integrated chipsets and that falls far short of the mark. Its X1300 is also rather weak when it comes to Vista Premium. The X1600 is fine, but it’s doubtful whether the company can, for now, crowbar an X1600 core into a chipset's North Bridge part.
Nvidia doesn’t quite make the grade with its GeForce 6150, which has a GeForce 6200 core. However, the company is confident that it has plenty of time to tweak its drivers over the next few months to give it the extra speed it needs to run Vista Premium.”
Full article along with some interesting information on Vista’s WinSAT tool:http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/06..._hardware_pt2/
Well if we agree that the performance of the X1300 is similar to that of the 7200 I think it would be safe to assume that the 7200 may be “rather weak when it comes to Vista Premium”.
It also appears that your assertion that all of nVidia’s 6000 and 7000 series GPU’s will take full advantage of Vista isn’t really correct at this time. Remember that tech company’s love to overstate the power of their product.
I will admit these tests are flawed since they were conducted on a beta version of Vista and official fully optimized Vista drivers aren’t available for any of these GPUs. However, I do believe that the tests illustrate that Vista Premium compatibility at anything above a meager level of functionality can’t be stated as a certainty at this point in time for any low range to lower mid range cards. No one should say be saying any GPU will definitely run Vista wlong with all it’s bells and whistles unless they are currently running the beta on their machine, and all the features are working flawlessly.
I am not pointing this out to bash you or your computer. I sincerely hope that when Vista is released the premium version works well for anyone who has 200m, X1300,6150, 6200, 7200, 7300, 7400, etc. I just don’t want anyone who’s contemplating the purchase of a notebook with a GeForce 7200 to read posts saying Vista Premium will run great, since that has yet to be confirmed, and then be disappointed if for some reason the 7200 falls short of nVidia’s promises.
Here’s an interesting article on Microsoft’s history of understating minimum requirements and it makes several good point on why Microsoft would be interested in understating Vista requirements, it also gives you an idea of what future requirements Vista will have. http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/06...ista_hardware/