Microsoft: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

By | December 22, 2011

Microsoft: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

With Christmas approaching at a rapid rate, Microsoft has decided to launch a HTML5 powered web site “Let It Snow”, which showcases the benefits of GPU accelerated graphics.

If your are up for a challenge, set the number of snowflakes to 4,000 and enjoy the show. There is even a hidden message for you to “uncover”.

However, in case your web browser can’t handle that much snow, there is always another option: IE9 or IE10.

Happy Holidays!

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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. Saex Conroy says:


  2. Everybody says:

    Tip: Search for “Let it snow” in Google. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, I wonder why my usually faster than IE browsers seem slower than IE in this test.  I don’t suppose there is some code in there than hobbles other browsers, or they have cherrypicked a known weakness in other browsers to highlight????

    Seems that way….

    • Sarjoor says:

      It’s because it is true that IE 9 and 10 are the best at GPU accelerated graphics, which is mainly what this test is using.

      • Mikah says:

        Have to agree with you the majority of tests I’ve tried IE9 rules , but its not true for Let it Snow at least on my PC .
        Opera 12 60 fps & IE9 lagging badly behind with a mere 58 fps.

  4. Dante says:

    O 12 DirectX – 1366×653 – 4000 snowflakes: 40 fps
    O 12 OpenGl – 1366×654 – 4000 snowflakes: 30 fps
    IE 9 – 1366×635 – 4000 snowflakes: 28 fps
    FX 9 – 1366×672 – 4000 snowflakes: 3 fps

    Ch 17 – 1366×677 – 100 snowflakes: 20 fps
    O 11.6 – 1362×631 – 100 snowflakes: 7 fps

    CPU: i5-430M GPU: ATI HD5650 

    • Everybody says:

      What? Opera doesn’t support DirectX backend yet. Where did you take that version from?

    • Foxer says:

      Maybe I’m wrong but FX seems to be slow because of the outdated GPU Driver. Check it at the bottom at about:support.

      • Mikah says:

        I’m only getting 7fps with Firefox 9 with a ATI HD 5870 & I have the latest drivers,
        normally Firefox is pretty good with anything requiring HWA.

  5. Arthur Ţiţeică says:

    As the website says – 60 fps in Linux with the latest Opera snapshot. However the perceived FPS is like 5. Crappy test…