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Back in September, Microsoft's group program manager for the Windows Client Platform, Pablo Fernicola, told Tom's Hardware Guide for the first time that his company would be establishing two tiers of minimum performance requirements, based around whether systems were built to support the DirectX 9 graphics drivers currently available, or the DirectX 10 drivers to be released with Vista. This was the first indication that Microsoft would be distinguishing PC performance specifically by graphics capability. Last month, an Nvidia product manager expanded on this news for TG Daily, saying that Microsoft's two tiers would effectively create two very distinct classes of computers in the marketplace.

But this news from ATI's Mather this week indicates that there may be as many as five performance tiers in the works, and that consumers may at some point be given a fuzzy, but solid, education with regards to which PCs would constitute a "1," and which ones a "5." But Mather believes that the performance requirements he's seen thus far for Microsoft's "Premium" tier are, in fact, quite low - even inexpensive systems, in his opinion, will qualify for the Premium logo. "So while the Premium logo will apply to quite a large number of PCs," said Mather, "this System Performance Rating will actually separate out all the different tiers of PCs, and what they can do.

"You will see not necessarily a huge division between Basic and Premium systems," elaborated Mather, "but you will see a fairly wide spectrum between a PC that's rated a '1' or a '2,' and a PC that's rated a '3,' '4,' or '5.' A PC that might be rated a '4' is actually on the pretty high end - there, you'll be talking about a PC that corresponds to a really excellent experience, in terms of the [embellishments to the] user interface, having multiple windows doing HD playback, doing HD recording, and so on." When discussing a '4,' Mather believes, savvy buyers will automatically understand the formula, especially in determining whether to opt for the '5' or settle for the '4.' That buyer will know how the CPU, memory, storage, and graphics performance will play into the final rating.
Source: http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/02/16/vi...ormance_tiers/
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Wow...a number system based on computer performance.....micro$haft has reached a new low....lame....
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Sounds like a way for M$ to sell the same product for more $$...
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this is a good way for n00bs to use vista, stop being bias people.
its a good idea
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this is a good way for n00bs to use vista, stop being bias people.
its a good idea
Lol... I bet the only difference between 1-5 is the name of the stupid thing... And well, the price....

All this sounds to me is the default settings will be a little different on each level:

Level 1: Low Visual Settings
Level 2: Low-Medium
Level 3: Medium
Level 4: Medium-High
Level 5: High

So buy level 1, and change the settings for yourself. You are right, it is for NOOBS
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^bias

it'll go something like:
1. no gfx card, 265 or under DDR ram, 1.5GHZ CPU
2. onboard GFX, 512 or under DDR, 1.8GHZ
3. decent GFX (9800 or so), 768MB DDR,2.0GHZ
4. nice GFX (6600GT or so), 1GB DDR, 2.4GHZ or up
5. Awsome GFX(7800 or so), 2GB DDR or DDR2, 2.6GHZ and up
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It's a gross over-simplification....Don;t we have enough of those.

I can see it now..........
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Alright guys, help me out here. I got a 1 and i want to overclock it to a 4. Can you help me out?
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See this thread, including my opinion if you are at all interested .

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All I have to say, is when I can perfect being about to game in linux.. no more winblows for me.
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