Yep. I found a couple reports in the meantime; some people had problems with modern games when the "GX" option was (needlessly) turned on. Go figure...As for why allow these things to be disabled, troubleshooting.
That's strange, because the facts seem to speak the opposite.So, since you had XP compatibility in mind, you must have settled for an older graphics card for the new PC among other things as well? NVIDIA dropped XP support in 2016, AMD even earlier. AMD doesn't even bother to support 8.1 anymore, just 7 and 10.
AMD supported XP all the way up to Radeon R7 260x (which is what I have), and IIRC also one model further - which I was unable to physically find and buy, in any case.
But OTOH, Intel seemed very eager to abandon ship shortly after M$ ended XP support...
My new hardware (all XP-supported, unless where noted):
- AMD FX-8370 8-core (didn't want the FX-9*** because of known problems caused by insane TDP; also crazy price at the time),
- 990FX chipset,
- 32GB RAM (max that the chipset will allow, and can't nominally go faster than 1600 with >16GB either),
- 2x Radeon R7 260x, linked (but CrossFire isn't supported on XP for such "new" cards; only the "main" card works),
- 2x 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD (the newer 860 isn't supported by the older, XP version of Magician),
- 1x 512GB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD (there are no NVMe drivers for XP; it isn't even detected as a storage volume! W7 and above only!),
- Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 soundcard,
- Aquacomputer Poweradjust 2 smart fan controller (older versions of the software work just fine in XP),
- Corsair AXi 1200 PSU (USB data link works fine in 7, but very broken - almost nonfunctional - in XP due to poor software support),
- Logitech F710 wireless gamepad (DirectInput mode works out-of-the-box in XP; XInput requires modified M$ Xbox controller drivers),
- (a bunch of other irrelevant things omitted for clarity)
So not exactly too recent, but should easily carry me through the next 6-8 years, as the previous hardware did before it.