Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Apr 2006 14:20 UTC
Windows Microsoft's Windows Vista will run on just about any PC available today, but it will only show its true colors on about half of them, according to a new report from Gartner. While Microsoft is currently suggesting a minimum of 512MB, the new OS will require at least 1GB of dual-channel memory to provide its full capabilities, Gartner said in the report. However, all recent discrete solutions from major graphics makers such as ATI and Nvidia, for both desktops and notebooks, are expected to be able to support Aero, Gartner said in the report. My take: After toying with Vista myself, it becomes quite clear what you need to run Aero glass: 512 MB of fast RAM, and a DirectX9 compatible videocard with 128MB RAM. I also found that even non-DirectX9 videocards can run Aero Glass comfortably.
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multiple monitors
by Hae-Yu on Fri 7th Apr 2006 18:26 UTC
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I haven't seen multi monitors addressed at all in the Vista convo's.

The reason why it's important is that people run maybe 2 monitors off the primary video card whether it's AGP or PCI-Express. For those of us who have more, you are usually required to add a 2nd (3rd, 4th)video card in the PCI slots. Right now those cap out around the GF FX 5700 and Radeon 9250 generations.

They are DX 9 cards and you can find a decent selection in the 128-256M areas. But this is just the baseline to enter this party. Since Vista is the next generation in computing with DX10/ WGF coming and DX 10's emulation mode (ie crippling and bogging down) for older versions means those outdated cards will be useless fast.

A lot of the heavy multi-mon solutions aren't the best for general purpose use, unless you reach deep into your pockets for SLI/ Crossfire solutions.

So how will that be addressed?

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