Prior to the coming of SP1, Microsoft released a batch of "hotfixes" for Windows Vista to tackle such issues as the ridiculously long time it takes to locally copy a folder full of files, the time remaining dialog box seeming to fall asleep at the wheel, memory allocation glitches in games and other graphical activities, and serious SLI performance issues. Maddeningly, those fixes aren't available through Windows Update; you have to manually download and install them.You can check it out over here. Overall the service pack delivers big performance increases but the reviewer did notice that some games like Crysis give mixed results.
What, we then asked ourselves, is the performance advantage of SP1 over simply installing the hotfixes? Will the upcoming service pack further boost Vista's power above and beyond the benefits the fixes offer over a vanilla installation of the OS? We decided to look into this question a bit further, along with plenty of synthetic and gaming benchmarks to prove it. The answers might surprise you.
Windows Vista SP1 benchmarked
Posted on Friday, Mar 07 2008 @ 10:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck