Exclusive: First Vista PC Tests

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First-Gen Vista PCs: The Bottom Line

Our tests on these Vista-equipped systems indicate that they provide all the performance you need to run the OS with its new graphics pizzazz. As the first generation of Vista desktops, these machines don't include some of the fancy features that Vista supports (such as SideShow displays and hybrid hard drives). But they do deliver the basics today.

Less clear is just how nagging an issue the rough state of drivers may remain after launch. Graphics boards, in particular, could pose a recurring problem that cramps gaming performance early in the release cycle of both Vista and the first PCs with the OS.

For laptops, the prospects could be more interesting. Click to the next page, below.

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