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Playing a Game In Windowed Mode uses mainboard cpu rather than gfx card cpu?

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I'm currently involved in an online game which tends to require me to play the game in Windowed Mode so I have access to the internet/teamspeak etc but it is proving to be hard work on my cpu.

Apparently if you play windowed your graphics card treats the game as a "program" and that causes it to use your mainboards cpu and in general you lose a lot of performance.

I'm not sure if it's true but there is a VERY definite difference when I play fullscreen compared to windowed mode.

Does anyone know if there is a way to force my gfx card to treat the windowed mode the same as fullscreen?

My specs are as follows:

windows XP Pro SP1
ati radeon pro 9800 (cat 4.4 drivers)
1.5GB of DDR ram
audigy 2 soundcard
directx 9b
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Does the game support multiple displays?  A second display to use for the team windows is something I've seen in some game setups.
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I does.

Would that need 2 monitors or are they "virtual" desktops?
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Two actual monitors - then you can keep the speed of the full screen mode.
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