Now that the third service pack for Windows XP is available ExtremeTech decided to do one more game performance roundup. In this article they compare the performance of several games on Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1.
Of course, with the release of a new service pack comes a huge, pressing question: How does it compare to Windows Vista and its own recent update, Service Pack 1, in the game performance department? Vista, of course, has been plagued by criticism that games run on it don't perform as well as they do in Windows XP, even though most of the problems were due to early graphics drivers and have gradually been worked out.
Come with us as we install XP SP3 and take it for a test drive, and more importantly compare it to Vista SP1 with a batch of performance tests. Though DirectX 10 is Vista-only, many a gamer has sworn not to upgrade; will XP SP3 cement their decision, or has Vista and its drivers matured enough to change a few minds?
Check it out over here. The reporter concludes the performance gap between Vista and XP has finally evaporated due to more mature drivers for Microsoft's latest operating system.