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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Isn't vista going to need DirectX10 hardware support ?? is this available?
    Only in BillyG's mind.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    I thought Vista would work without the ultimate in video hardware but just not give you translucent windows (big *$% deal!)

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Google for 'vista hardware requirements' and follow the link to Microsoft. (sorry, my TV based browser won't let me copy the hyperlink!)

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Something at http://www.nvidia.com/page/technology_vista_main.html too about graphics and Vista.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    sounds like to get full vista support I'll need a DX10 graphics card but will retain some backwards compatibility -except with OpenGL that is.
    Can't imagine DX10 will be ported to 2k/XP though.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    why not, everything else has.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Its all speculation until MS announce it, but I get the impression DirectX10/WGF2.0 is a major re-write and will be a good reason for gamers to upgrade. XP will probably get a few more updates to DX but I imagine they'd save the core graphics changes for vista only - otherwise why buy it.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Direc...nds-7762.shtml
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1841223,00.asp

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    No, it's just implemented slightly differently in Vista. Vista will have DX10 with a DX9 compatability layer. XP gets a version DX10 which will install alongside DX9. Thus XP is actually better for gaming because they didn't break OpenGL support.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    I don't see any reason to go to Vista for about 2 years anyway.
    All our existing software works fine on XP, all software in the pipeline for the next few years will have to support XP for the majority of people out there.
    Vista won't offer us anything new in an educational area and i wouldn't touch a new OS until SP1 came out just to make sure it was stable enough for our environment.
    Our PCs are pretty much all Celeron P4 2.0GHz up to a couple of P4 3.2GHz, so they should at least handle the basics if, in a few years time, we decide to go over to Vista

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