Originally Posted by kboyer
I run Vista on a home desktop and unfortunately I'm not a good enough gamer to feel the effects of a slightly lower frame rate in Vista - I die just as much in XP as I do in Vista...
I'm also assuming (or maybe hoping) that having a 2.2GHz 4MB cache CPU, 3GB RAM and a dedicated 256MB 8600M GT will actually be better than I expect in Vista....
I was running XP MCE on my XPS 410 until last month. I finally installed Vista Home Premium back on it. So far I really haven't felt any difference or lack of performance in gaming. I primarily play CoD 4 right now.
I would think that with enough memory Vista could be tolerable on my 1520 for casual gaming. XP Home was on my 1520 for a period time to compare the performance differences. To be honest, there was no significant difference in performance. My games have pretty much performed the same whether it was Vista or XP. Some applications may have started a tad slower. Overall, it wasn't as bad as was expected. I do believe Vista requires more memory to compete with XP. I also tweaked some settings for Vista to make it behave better.
To me, my opinion only, it boils down to the graphics card. I feel that any CPU running at least 2.0 GHz and 2 GB of RAM should be sufficient to run most of todays games. The real difference is your video card. The 8600M GT in my particular 1520 is not performing to my satisfaction. I don't expect a lot, just a little more than what it's giving me. I bought this 1520 early on and it could have the GDDR2 memory.
I just wish that I had a 1530 to compare performance with. I'd hate to waste money on a 1530 and still be disappointed in the performance. The 8600M GT just might not be very well suited for the latest shooters out there.
Sorry for the long post.