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Windows Vista base scores
Software scores to match your PC performance.
mack




msg:3103805
 9:59 pm on Sep 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have been running Vista Ultima in beta and now RC1 and there is something that doesn't seam to be getting discussed in all that much detail, but I believe this is something that could have quite a large impact on both computer manufacturing and software distribution.

Microsoft Windows Vista uses a scoring system to assign a value to your computers performance. The value is called a "base score" and is determined by a number of factors. memory, CPU and disk speed are a few. Your base score is determined by the lowest value obtained from all tested items. So for example...

Processor 3.7
Memory 3.0
Graphics 3.6
Gaming Graphics 3.6
Primary hard disk 5.2

Base score = 3.0

Microsoft claim that this scoring system will enable you to confidently buy software that meets your base score. In many ways this could be leading to a replacement of the now standard "minimum specifications" that we read on the back of software boxes. This could in theory be replaced by...
"requires Vista base score 2.1"

This makes me wonder if software companies may start producing different versions of software to ensure their product is open to as many users as possible. Maybe offering a stripped down version for users with a lower base score.

I can't help but think Vista is going to change the computing market. The OS seams to be very resource hungry. I wonder if this will make the cost of computers increase, or if it will push the price of components down. To run Vista really well, you will realistically need 2 gig + of ram and a high end CPU.

I currently have 1.5 gig ran 3200 cpu and 250 gig hd and my base score was only 3.1

I guess Vista is going to make things interesting.

Mack.

 

kaled




msg:3103917
 12:59 am on Oct 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

This makes me wonder if software companies may start producing different versions of software to ensure their product is open to as many users as possible. Maybe offering a stripped down version for users with a lower base score.

For the foreseable future, most software companies will ignore Vista entirely (except testing just to make sure their titles work correctly).

If I understand the situation correctly, Vista offers a new appearance and a few tweaks under the bonnet and for that you have to pay through the nose for hardware that can run it. It could be another two years before XP sales are stopped. Certainly many companies will specify XP rather than Vista when buying.

It's quite possible that Vista will turn out to be a dead parrot. If it needs high-spec hardware because it soaks up CPU power, etc. then gamers won't touch it with a barge pole!

Kaled.

mack




msg:3104087
 7:46 am on Oct 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

I tend to agree with what you said. I wouldent pay for a PC with Vista pre-installed. Win XP works fine for me and Vista's new look tends to get "old" very quick. Certainly not worth the upgrade IMO.

Mack.

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