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MCE 2005 vs. Vista on the new PC?

February 20, 2007

I ordered up a new Dell (finally!) and have spent a while researching the claims of Vista and NVidia cards going to crap.  My ATI x850 works like a champ under Vista; however, many are claiming that NVidia’s driver base is still a bit flaky–even on Microsoft’s own Channel 9.  So, I checked out the latest driver release notes.  v100.65 was released yesterday:


Now, not to be a naysayer, but the fact that there was.. two sentences of ‘fixes’ and almost three pages of ‘limitations’ and ‘not quite working yets’ is a bit concerning.

Is there anyone out there running a 8800GTX in SLI mode and also playing games, like EQ2, that could give any point of reference regarding performance and stability?  While I love Vista, I have no qualms sticking with MCE2005 if it means a more stable system. 🙂

  1. Stephen
    August 8, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I just bought a Dell PC with dual 8800GTX in SLI. In EQ2 I am afraid it is terrible. I disabled SLI mode and it actaually runs faster on one card. I don’t know if it’s EQ2 or Vista or both. Either way, it makes me want to return my Dell computer.
    I tried Doom3 with SLI and it eats it alive, I will get a FPS off that later.

    Here are the rest of the specs just so you have someting to compare….

    Intel Core2 Extreme processor X6800 (3.20GHz, Factory Overclocked) w/Quad Core Technology and 4MB cache
    2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
    Dual 768MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX
    WD, Raptor 160GB NCQ 10K SATA Hard Drive w/16MB DataBurst Cache
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, English
    16X DVD+R/RW CD-RW Combination Drive
    X-Fi PCI Sound Card

  2. August 8, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Yeah, those are similar specs to my 710 H2C except I’m running 64-bit and 4GB of RAM.

    Check out a few of the posts under EverQuest2 and Gaming here on the blog… Vista seems to run EQ2 well… but tweaks are required.

    Also, check today’s post (https://tiredblogger.wordpress.com/2007/08/08/pre-sp-1-vista-performance-patches-go-goldesque/) and the new MSFT Vista patches for gaming performance… they went a long way to fix some issues I had with FFXI, I haven’t logged in EQ2 yet to test that performance.

  3. Stephen
    August 8, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    I’ll have to check them out when I get home. Let me know if you get a chance to log into EQ2. This was my first desktop that I actually bought, I always build them. I also have a Dell XPS laptop that will be 2 years old in November…it runs EQ2 rather well. The new desktop is actually slower than it with SLI enabled.
    I’ve never used any MSFT patches, in fact I had never heard of them until now.
    I priced the H20’s, but i just couldnt bring myself to spend 900.00 more for 2GB more ram and the liquid cooling. :-/

  4. August 8, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I pick up Dell’s since I get the school employee’s discount *grin*… prior, yeah, I had always self-built. I have a Dell XPS 710 laptop too and it runs EQ2 very well.

    I have SLI disabled and I use one video card for one monitor (monitor #1 jack) and one for the other (monitor #3 jack)… giving each monitor a dedicated card. I couldn’t get ANY performance out of the 8800’s in Vista–but I am not sure if that’s nVidia’s fault, Vista’s fault, or the Dell board.

    There wasn’t a real delta between the standard and the H2C for educators… and it’s dead quiet and runs almost cold.

    I’ll hit up EQ2 tonight and post back what I find. 🙂

  5. September 23, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Take a look at my post here — http://www.eq2flames.com/tech-support-faq-questions/11338-crappy-eq2-framerates-any-ideas-why.html . I’m seeing significantly better framerates under XP than under vista with an 8800 GTX.

  6. September 24, 2007 at 5:33 am

    Since that post in February, I’ve been steadily updating as NVidia comes out with new drivers. I still haven’t reenabled SLI since that still seems touchy under Vista, but non-SLI, I’m getting the full 30fps in FFXI (it’s capped in FFXI because of PS2’s…) and almost zero lag, even in the busiest of zones in EQ2.

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