Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), DirectX 11 and NVIDIA ION.
A match made in GPU heaven.
The marriage between Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7’s DirectX 11 and NVIDIA ION is essentially a match made in GPU heaven. Even at the level of Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview, IE9 has no match in rival browsers when it comes down to hardware acceleration of HTML5 and SVG. Just check out the video embedded at the bottom of this article in order to see what the future of browsing on netbooks will look like.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Gateway, Toshiba Laptop, and Home Brew OS Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult CPU Intel I3, Cerelon, Pentium 4 @ 3Ghz Motherboard Intel, Intel, Asus Memory 8G, 3G, 3G Graphics Card On-board Intel, On-board nVidia, nVIDIA card Sound Card on-board, on-board, SoundBlaster Monitor(s) Displays Hannspree HF237, Toshiba, SyncMaster 931B Screen Resolution default (all)
Keyboard standard wired (all) Mouse standard wired (all) PSU 300w, unk, 650w Case black, black, grey Cooling air (all) Hard Drives 1T internal, 320G internal, 160G internal, 1T networked Internet Speed 6M down, 768K up Other Info Home LAN through Linksys hub to 4 port and wireless switch/router. Networked HP 2600n. Wife's computer running Windows 7, and spare laptop running Ubuntu "Karmic Kola" (9.10).
There is nothing extraordinary about Internet Explorer, although we should say that the preview version already scores 55 out of 100 in ACID3 tests, while Internet Explorer 8 scores 20 out of 100.
Microsoft has a big problem: all of Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, and Opera score 100 out of 100 in the ACID3 testing. I’m sure that IE9 will improve but there is a long way until there and this is just not enough.