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Windows 7: Experience with Win 7 and Intel Graphics = Awesome!

09 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7100 RC
Experience with Win 7 and Intel Graphics = Awesome!

I just wanted to post about my experience with windows 7 on my laptop....

My Laptop specs are the following:

Acer Aspire 2930
Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 cpu @ 2.00GHZ and 2MB L2 cache
4GB of DDR2 RAM @ 800mhz
250GB HD
Intel GMA 4500MHD Graphics Core

I installed the RC version of Windows 7 32bit found on Microsoft's site and updated all the drivers ( Chipset, Sata controler, sound, video)

I updated the graphics driver from windows update -

And after all was installed - I couldn't believe how fast windows 7 was!!!

I mean, i downloaded a HD video encoded in H.264 and played it back in Windows Media Player 12 - and the cpu usage was around 4-5% average during video playback?!?! I couldn't believe that , especially with the intergrated graphics from Intel!!!

Wow, i thought Intel graphics were very bad - but after my expereince with windows 7 - I may totally wrong!

Please note, I do not do any gaming - and intel graphics just wont cut it for gaming - but for video playback and everyday stuff - Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics just work with windows 7 !

I'm just VERY pleased that my notebook acutally works better - SO much better when it comes to media playback! And HD video playback with very low cpu usage - was just unbelievalbe - with these Intel Graphics! (I didnt think it was ever going to happen/was possible)

What do you think?

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18 May 2009   #2

windows 7

me too.

i have compaq CQ20-317TU with T6400 processor and the same graphic card as yours. i just installed windows 7 build 7100 and i got 4.9 mark on graphics performance index. thats a LEAP from 3.1 mark i got with vista..

but when i tried to connect it to samsung 32" LCD, i cant find the way to set the resolution to 1366x768 as samsung recommends me, so i tried to install graphic driver to standard latest compaq driver i installed in vista previously, in order to get the resolution settings back via graphic card control panel.

but the performance index drops to 3.1 again.

i searched online everywhere and can not find the latest graphic cards packed with the 7100 installation. now i am trying to reinstall the windows back.

do you have any solution to have flexible settings in my display resolution instead of fixed resolution settings the control panel gave to us?
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18 May 2009   #3
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

W7 is looking like a beautifully refined OS, one that is finally taking advantage of the exceedingly powerful hardware we have. Glad you're enjoying it, we all are.
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19 May 2009   #4

Windozer 7 - 7068

Yeah I have the X3100 and get about 30fps on CS:S now, but I do believe my bottleneck is the 1.5ghz C2D, as CS;S only uses one core.
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19 May 2009   #5

Win7, XP, Vista x64, Ubuntu 9.04

I have a Compaq CQ60-211DX with almost the same specs and same graphics adapter... it works so much better than Vista... and almost as good as Ubuntu 9.04
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 Experience with Win 7 and Intel Graphics = Awesome!

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