name='ChristineCB']Three weeks ago, we got in a new server-box that supported 8Gb of RAM and, rather than using the low-end graphics card (after all, it's a server!), I got to play with it with a high-end graphics card (well, 256Mb) and Vista looks SO GOOD.
Of course, Looking Good and Performing Good are two different things - I'm not too certain why folks will trade cutely shaded menus and new screen-savers for thousands of dollars. Considering this box is about six times the price of most every other PC we have, and performs - oh, uh, twice as good? OK, not quite that much - it's hard to say this is a good deal. Still, it's what the customer wants!!
I loaded up our latest version of Bryce (for animation rendering) and the 43-minute job (on a P4-3.0mz with 2Gb RAM machine) runs in only 33 minutes on a true dual-core P4 at 2.66 and 8Gb. Oh yeah, baby. REALLY screamin'. Jeepers - the programmers hardly have time for a second milkshake during those rendering lunchbreaks! whooo hooo.
Yawn. I'll wait for the 4Gb RAM sticks to show up, I think. By that time, the apps should be showing up, too.