Windows XP vs Windows Vista vs Windows Vista SP1

Posted on Thursday, Dec 27 2007 @ 19:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gizmodo compared the performance of Windows Vista, Windows Vista with SP1 RC1 and compared it against Windows XP SP2. All benchmarks were done on a dual quad-core 3.16GHz Penryn HP xw8600 PC with NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600 workstation graphics, 4GB RAM memory and 15k RPM SAS hard drives.

In some benchmarks Windows Vista is slightly faster than Windows XP but in tasks like transferring files over a network and HDD speeds the new operating system is significantly slower. In Windows XP it only takes 3 minutes 37 seconds to transfer 1.37GB while in Vista this takes 12:58min and with the new service pack even 15:41min! The HDD transfer speeds in Vista are also pretty bad:
Did Vista have speed trouble? Well, yes and no. When we ran the industry-standard PCMark05 benchmark on both Windows XP (SP2, we hear SP3 will be faster) and Vista, Vista came out ahead by a sizable margin on exactly the same machine, scoring a 10,403, compared to XP's score of 9024, a 15.28% speed increase for Windows Vista. That's a noticeable difference. How did Vista feel, speed-wise? We immediately realized we were dealing with increased speed over XP, over a long weekend of mousing around the PC, running Photoshop and Adobe Premiere, running benchmarks and browsing websites.

The only downside we noticed with Windows Vista was when we tried to transfer a large folder full of files over our 100Base-T network. While XP was able to transfer the 1.37GB folder containing 2606 items in a quick 3:37 (minutes/seconds), the Vista transfer seemed to hesitate at the end, taking a leisurely 12:58 to perform exactly the same copy from one PC to another over our network.
Windows XP Windows Vista Windows Vista SP1 RC1
PCMark05 9024 10403 10493
Premiere MPEG compression 1:10 1:08 1:08
CineBench Rendering R10 18712 18798 18795
Network copy 1.37GB folder 3:37 12:58 15:41
HDD speed Read: 119MB/s Read: 83MB/s Read: 80MB/s
Write: 123MB/s Write 61MB/s Write: 53MB/s

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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