Just doing some research at the moment, as our faculty is beginning the migration to Vista.
From what I gather, Vista SP1 is released in the new year, with a patch / update for DirectX 10.0 to 10.1. The update is to include support for Shader Model 4.1 amongst other additions.
Am I right in assuming that all existing graphics cards are going to be defunct (or is that too strong a word)? Or at least not capable of accessing the new features in SM 4.1? High-end cards like the 8800GTS, all of a sudden become second-class?
I haven’t heard of BIOS updates for graphics cards.
Yep your right there. 8800 gts wont support 4.1. This seems to be a common complaint with this card. As for a bios upgrade, its possible to do this, but it generally falls into the domain of overclocking\home tweaks etc. Not reliable and posibly dodgy! I dont think any graphics card manufacture has ever released an official one. Probably because it increases the likilhood of people having to claim warranty repair :)