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Stardock XPBench

Despite the name, XPBench is not really designed to be a skinning benchmark program (we suggest checking out programs like SkinBench for that). Rather, XPBench is specifically designed to query which Windows XP features a video card/driver combination supports and then to demonstrate the performance improvements supporting the XP API's makes.


At this time, XPBench checks for the following:


1. Does the driver support constant alpha blending (this improves the performance of fade effects as an example)

2. Does the driver support per pixel alpha blending (window shadows make use of this)


We strongly encourage you to read the Drivers page to learn more, especially about why drivers are often a weak link in the system and its performance.




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