DirectX 9.0 or better

Network Adapter

Intel(R) PRO/IOOO PM Network Connection

The gaming graphics score is based on the primary graphics adapter. If this system has linked or multiple graphics adapters, some software applications may see additional performance benefits.

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Figure 3-2. Viewing your computer's configuration details hardware component. When this process is completed, each component is listed with an appropriate subscore and the computer's new base score is listed in the Performance Information and Tools console. The rating process can take several minutes to complete.

The scores are meant to be helpful guidelines, and you can squeeze extra performance out of your computer in a variety of ways, but typically, this extra performance comes at a direct sacrifice to the way Windows 7 looks and behaves. For example, if your computer's base score is low because of graphics/gaming graphics, you can improve overall performance by turning off graphics-intensive features of the operating system, such as Aero Glass, visual effects, live previews, backgrounds, and themes. For more information on adjusting these features, see "Personalizing Windows 7" on page 79 and "Optimizing Performance" on page 98.

The detailed information tells you whether the display adapter supports WDDM and DirectX. In the Component list under Graphics, you'll see the display adapter type and the level of WDDM support. In the expanded list under Graphics, you'll see additional details, including the DirectX version supported.

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