Windows Longhorn to make graphics card important

MAJORITY OF USERS don't care about a graphics card because this majority uses only 2D operations, or should I say they need it just to draw and show picture on displays...

Believe it or not, your Windows performance will depend on the quality of graphics card you have. A faster card might draw something faster than a slower mainstream or entry level card, meaning that even some Office software might perform better if you have a faster 3D card.

Source: The Inquirer

Read it and weep fellas. All you Windows users who have laughed at us Mac users with our slow screen redraw in OS X, just you wait until Longhorn.

This mainly happened to OS X when Apple introduced Quartz Extreme. (Screen redraw has always been a problem in OS X, Quartz Extreme fixed that in 10.2.x) Any Mac that did not have 32 MB of GPU was left in the dark, so to speak. Quartz Extreme offloads the compositing of the GUI to the GPU, and frees up the CPU from those mundane calculations. I was miffed when my 500 Mhz PowerBook could not handle Quartz Extreme, it only has a 16 MB GPU.

This same thing is going to happen with Longhorn hits shelves in 2006, or whenever it is released. Your low end or mid-ranged GPU's are not gonna cut the mustard. And the GPU you have in your year old PC surely is not gonna be the best for this new Windows Graphic Foundation calculations.

Interestingly enough Apple is doing the same thing again with Tiger, with the introduction of Core Image.

For computers without a programmable GPU, Core Image dynamically optimizes for the CPU, automatically tuning for Velocity Engine and multiple processors as appropriate.
I wonder if anyone will pitch a fit when their GPU cannot take advantage of Core Image. I assume the cut off mark of a "programmable GPU" will not be as bad as the cut off mark for Quartz Extreme.

Thanks to Rob Griffiths for sending me the Inquirer link.

Comments (1)

You know, back in the late 80's and early 90's, I used to chuckle every time Apple came out with a newer and faster Mac because they would usually do something to the OS to make the machine run about as fast as it's predicessor. Even now this seems to be true with Apple.

Then I read about Longhorn and what they were planning and nearly fell off my chair. I couldn't believe that MS was going the way of Apple by using 3D for the OS.

Yea, it looks cool and all, for about the first week. Then it starts getting old. One of my development tools do fancy effects with windows when displaying them and then hiding them. At first it was kind of cool, now I have the preferences set to not do the fancy effect and simply display the window.

I have already told myself that I don't plan to "upgrade" to Longhorn for quite some time. Of course the way MS drops support for OS's, I'll be forced there a year or two after it comes out.

Of course, by the time Longhorn comes out, I'll have purchased 2 new systems as upgrades to the prevous ones and will have the computing power of a cray. So I guess it won't be all that big if a deal. :)

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