XP Pro x64 performance thoughts?
For those of you that are running XP Pro x64 (hopefully there are a few!), what are your thoughts of the OS as a gaming platform?
I just massively upgraded my system for Oblivion....I'm such a whore for Oblivion
AMD Athlon X2 3800+ 64bit
2GB PC400 DDR2
GF 7800 GT
What is the general consensus on driver performance/stability/availability these days? The OS has been out for almost a year now. I just want to know if I should reinstall 32 bit XP now or not.
I'm a little worried at the moment. Originally I had dumped my HDD, with XP pro 32bit, in the new system and fired it up (after loading the new drivers). 3dmark 05 was silky smooth. Oblivion was night and day difference. Then I reinstalled the OS to the 64bit version. The OS is much more responsive, but after downloading 3dmark 06, the same demo that was in 05, Return to Procyon, was wayyyyy slow. I don't know to attribute this to 1) the difference between 3dmark 05 and 06, 2) the difference in the 64 bit and 32 bit nVidia drivers or 3) the OS difference.
Oblivion still looks super sexy though and fast, especially after using some of the tweaks in the Oblivion hardware thread. Just a touch concerned about 3dmark 06 and I figure it would be simple to ask and see what others experiences have been.
Anyways, if anyone has any thoughts I'd love to hear em.