ok first if a mod be kind enough to move this to "performance and maintenance" I would be grateful.
as for the problem here is an update, I did a 2d benchmark and was shall I say not too surprised by the results, I downloaded some online comparisons from people using the same hardware as me and underlined there specs on the right hand side pic using the same colours as the app allocated on the graphs, I chose a XP a vista and a Windows 7, and my Windows 7 is the last one. The XP doubles both Windows 7 machines in 2d performance and the vista outperforms Windows 7 as well.
Now I have my theories as to why its so bad. It could be just very bad drivers
, poor 2d coding (although this would be a surprise since the desktop is accelerated with aero), but I wonder if its to do with 'shared video memory'.
Shared video memory is something normally associated with crappy onboard gfx controllers. According to my display control panel my gfx card 8800gt has the following memory.
available graphics memory 3327meg
dedicated video memory 512meg
system video memory 0meg
shared system memory 2815meg
at a guess 'system video memory' is probably what low end video cards have, 'shared system memory' is something I never encountered before and is using ram as graphics memory?
gpu-z tells me something else useful and that is none of my onboard gfx memory is been utilised, which may indicate my aero graphics is using ram emulated as gfx memory which 'could' explain the slow performance, all a theory from me at the moment.