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So I keep hearing that Aero over Basic uses more of your gpu, and that it may effect your fps in games. I have yet to see actual numbers, so i decided to this out myself. Added Classic test by request of TwoCables
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Furmark 1.8.0 benchmarking with Post FX at Fullscreen 1680x1060 for 1 min.
Ran each test 3 times, got the same results for each.

These are my results

Aero and Transparency On:


Aero with Transparency Off:


Basic:


Classic:



As you can see by turning off Aero your minimum fps greatly increases, yet the average only increased by one. I am surprised however that there is no difference between Basic and Classic, I thought at least the minimum would have increased. It is enough however to convince me to run with Basic
Edited by csscmaster3 - 2/24/10 at 4:56pm
    
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Many games actually switch Windows to basic temporarily while it is running.

I'll trade a few FPS for a better looking experience outside of games either way though.
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You should run more than one test at each setting. Margin of error is telling me there is no difference between any of these results.
    
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I have run 3 tests of each, but only posted screenshots of 1, I can upload more SS if you want
    
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What happens when using the Windows Classic theme?

By the way, csscmaster3: this is perfect timing as I was finally beginning to wonder the very same thing last night. I even went so far as to try gaming with the Windows Classic theme, but it made no difference that I could feel or see. However, I certainly understand that a benchmark would reveal any differences.
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Added classic benchmark
    
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hehe 2 more points with Classic, but the temperature was higher.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but furmark doesn't gain focus of the entire desktop does it? It's been a little while since I used it.
    
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hehe 2 more points with Classic, but the temperature was higher.
Well on the aero and basic tests i let my gpu cool down all the way to 37 in between tests, so the conditions aren't 100% the same for classic, I just did it quickly to show you
    
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gain 9 min fps. but aside from that not really worth it
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