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has anyone done a RECENT benchmark xp vs vista?

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March 12, 2008 8:53:33 PM

if so, can you direct me to it? because i've been consistently hearing that vista is "getting better" without actually seeing any hard numbers to compare to XP, and I want to do some hypothesising to work out what i want to do with some stuff
oh yeah, and i wasn't really sure where to put this thread, feel free to move it

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a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2008 9:18:20 PM

^Agreed.
March 12, 2008 9:28:51 PM

It would be nice to see if the Service pack for vista made any changes in speed.
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March 12, 2008 10:19:50 PM

Well in terms of hard numbers, I can't provide figures for everything, plus I'm not sure what figures your looking for exactly.

But I can tell you this. I've been using Vista SP1 for over a week now, and my experiences have shown that there is an increase in speed (such as responsiveness, resume from sleep, and a slightly lower memory usage). So compared to Vista prior SP1, there are performance improvements, however it's nothing grand like 30%-50% performance improvement. Simply some noticeable and appreciated speedier improvement.

Now I wouldn't go as far as saying Vista SP1 speed improvements are enough to beat out XP, let alone XP SP3. My experience with the RC version of XP SP3 has left me with the impression that XP is still running faster than Vista. However, it's nothing extreme enough to me that it would justify avoiding Vista altogether. I still stand by the recommendation of using XP for OLD hardware and Vista for NEWER hardware.

I also believe that if your going to use Vista you need to both understand and accept that it requires a larger amount of memory usage due to all the services its running and other minor performance hogs like the aero theme. I doubt Vista will ever use less memory than XP will. But once again, for NEWER hardware, I don't think the increased memory requirement that Vista has is anything TOO upsetting, just something you need to understand before hand.

For gaming, I've noticed that ATI's (I currently use an ATI card) vista drivers have generated about equal performance, and sometimes better performance (depends on the game), when compared to their XP version. I don't feel that your losing out if you game on Vista.

Just my 2 cents on the subject from my experiences.
March 13, 2008 8:53:13 PM

Has No one done any benchies recently anywhere on the web???
a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2008 9:18:44 PM

Here's another one http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=1332&page=1

I was trying to find something a few days ago, most articles are from dec 07 or earlier. I decided to jump to vista anyway, plus I didn't pay a cent for it so I wasn't that worried if I didn't like it.
March 13, 2008 9:25:40 PM

If they have i would imagine Bill Gates secretly defacing the website. I had Vista and XP installed at one time , every game i tried Vista always lagged behind XP on FPS. That was on XP with SP2, Vista without SP1. Maybe things have changed with vista sp1 but i doubt it.
a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2008 9:29:19 PM

Heres the last from the Anands review "Finally, for those Windows users still sticking with XP, they too will be getting Microsoft's long-overdue XP SP3 in the very near future. We’ll be bringing a review of that to you as soon as it goes gold later this quarter, along with a fully up to date performance comparison between Vista and XP to better illustrate what little gap remains between the two operating systems. The list of changes isn’t nearly as far-reaching as Vista SP1, but there are a couple of interesting items on the list. (Ed: It will also be nice to not install over 100 patches/updates/etc. after a clean XP SP2 install.) Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

" So it looks like they want to wait til SP3 arrives, then do a direct XP vs Vista comparison
March 13, 2008 9:29:23 PM

Data transfer and access times from drive to drive and over gigabit have a noticeable improvement pre-sp1 to post sp1, but couldnt say vs. xp. XP has a bit less overhead than vista, but if you disable everything in vista graphical, indexing, and system restore - you're going to fly.
a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2008 9:29:33 PM

@bf2142-rules-ok: When did you test that?
a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2008 9:31:31 PM

Vista has much nicer loading times of programs IMO. Games load faster from my experience, thanks to good old superfetch.
a c 101 U Graphics card
March 23, 2008 4:35:00 PM

randomizer, do you use vista 64 or 32?

Any driver issues. i know i will need to replace my TV card. but i want superfetch(i like the way it works on demo units) and 8 gigs of ram....
a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2008 7:14:47 PM

I thought I would add something here. VISTA 64 has a program called WOW64 that is a subsystem of the Windows operating system that is capable of running 32-bit applications.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOW64

@Nukemaster. When you see all the horror stories around the Forumz stating things like, VISTA 64 has a lot of driver issues, VISTA 64 is like Windows ME, VISTA 64 screwed my girlfriend while I was sleepy dreaming. Listen, this kind of banter is just absolute garbage. I'd be willing to bet if you install VISTA 64 you would find only the ancient hardware or software you use would not be compatible. I have used VISTA BETA 1, VISTA 32 since the week it came out and VISTA 64 for many months. I ran VISTA BETA 1 on a ATHLON 3200 2.2 with a 2 x 512 Kingston Value RAM and an ATI Radeon 9200. I was online flying around the net in no time. On VISTA 64 an ancient Brother MFC-8300 Printer with no XP drivers ever released, only WIN 98 would not work on VISTA 64...worked fine on VISTA 32. And one application I own Pinnacle Studio 9 will not work with VISTA, requires Pinnacle 11.

So when I see these techno potato heads stating VISTA 64 is a no no, I pretty much laugh and hang my head in disgust at their comments. I currently have 14 systems I have built up and running. From a Pentium III Intel 450MHz to a Pentium 4 2.5 MHz with an MX400 to a AMD FX55 with SLI 7600GTs to and AMD 4800X2 to an AMD 3700 754 to a dual boot C2D 965 e6600 to 965 Q6000 to my current X38 e8400. All these machines are running perfectly. I update them, troubleshoot them, etc. I use XP and VISTA 32 and 64. I have found the machine in my signature is by far the machine I have gotten the most pleasure out of. It is the fastest, most efficient machine I have ever built. I can copy a DVD with DVD shrink from start to finish in I suppose about 10 minutes or so. You won't have any problems with VISTA 64. For my personal use I would never build an XP machine again.
a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2008 8:02:54 PM

^Agreed. I would go to Vista completely when all my software is compatible or when I upgrade the incompatible software. Untill then I'll Tri Boot. (XP/Vista/Linux)
a c 101 U Graphics card
March 23, 2008 9:39:11 PM

badge and Shadow703793, thanks for the input. the only thing i know i need is a new tv card(bummer) and a new nero since 6 is not vista ready. More then anything i just want to be able to address more ram and have super fetch....since it sounds useful for me....
a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2008 10:48:39 PM

Nero 7 works fine on VISTA 64. Look around the DVD burners on Newegglike this on and Nero 7 comes in the package.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Deepburner free also works fine on VISTA 64.

http://www.deepburner.com/?r=download

Like I mentioned, I have used VISTA since BETA 1. A couple of important tips, although simple I believe it would get you off on the right foot with VISTA:

1. Disable UAC. In Contol Panel under User Accounts. The very first thing you should is disable UAC to stop the continual pop up associated with this security feature.

2. As a new user, I highly recommend doing this especially when trying to familiarize yourself with the new VISTA OS. Use the CLASSIC MENU wherever you can. As soon as you disable UAC and restart the system, right click on the bottom desktop toolbar. Select properties, then START MENU tab and select CLASSIC VIEW. This allows the START MENU to be familiar in the way XP Start menu works. Also in Control Panel and anywhere on the system you can select 'Classic menu'. Then you can set up your machine easily painlessly withh the 'classic' menus interface. Highly recommend doing this at first Easy setup and painless crossover to VISTA!!! HTH.

a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2008 11:21:58 PM

I don't even know what UAC is good for. Does it do anything for non-local security?

I use Vista x86 because I got it free. Vista is much nicer than XP, especially when programs crash. It deals with crashes alot more smoothly. Superfetch is so far one of my favourite features, firefox loads up almost instantly, whereas in XP it must be fully reloaded into RAM at the most inconvenient time EVERY time. The jury is still out on readyboost, but I'm only using a 512mb usb drive for it, and only 430Mb of the total capacity.

Also the people who say XP is faster than vista obviously have rigs so powerful (and so expensive) that they actually can tell the difference. For me, they perform the same, although XP was a little smoother but I only have 2gb RAM. Catalyst 8.3 for vista is better than the XP one too. My Crysis framerates were cut almost in half on XP.

EDIT: Badge I think the new start menu is better. After all, it has that super-handy search bar which is FAR superior to ANYTHING XP had to offer. The search is almost instant, whereas on XP it could take minutes to complete a search.
March 23, 2008 11:40:13 PM

Just to add my 2 cents...

Been using Vista 32 for a month or so now on a new build. All software I used with XP I'm using with Vista, and my new hardware installed with the same effort as XP. If you're an enthusiast, disable UAC and you will find your transition much nicer.

At a recent LAN party, the only ones having issues with gaming were those on XP. I know it sounds strange, but I'm telling the truth. Although, I'll blame Vista Home with making file transfers between XP and Vista a bit of a headache if you aren't prepared for it...

badge...you have no sig.
March 24, 2008 12:39:41 AM

I use Vista Ultimate 64bit,and I have never had a problem getting/using drivers for any of my hardware or software.Actually,the only problem Ive had is that my Webroot Spysweeper software doesnt work with 64bit.
March 24, 2008 2:30:04 AM

I ran aquamark on xp 32 and vista 32 the other night just to see if service pack 1 is all its cracked up to be. Granted it aquamark and not a real gaming experience, yadda, yadda, yadda . Xp was sitting at 14881, and vista was 13113 so while not yet up to par, its getting there, a month ago my vista score was 12800 ish.
a c 101 U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 2:32:59 AM

badge, Thanks for that info. I will just head out to the store and get a copy of nero since i want the full nero and not just express. As for the start menu, i never even used the xp one...i have it classic

I like it simple


randomizer, superfetch is one of those i want to try things....Vista video drivers are getting allot better with every release.

firebird, Did you get sp1 for vista....it is supposed to fix allot of transfer issues.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/bb73808...
check the standalone updates if you want the full file for use offline and on other computers.

kellytm3, so far its just my tv card that has no drivers....i have then 64 bit drivers all downloaded and waiting...

blacksci, Thats close to the 98se to XP gap...
March 24, 2008 2:40:29 AM

Indeed it is, but when you are playing something like tf2, or battlefield, youd never notice the diffrence. And regarding superfetch, i use it, it just speeds up your processess a little bit, but uses the ram all the time, the led light on its blinks like mad when im in vista, but i really dont notice a diffrence with it in or out. Although i dont do a lot of file moving, g/f is still using xp, and vista and xp dont share the same network until sp3 for xp is out this july (if microsoft doesnt screw us).
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 2:59:41 AM

Superfetch doesn't speed up processes, it just speeds up the loading times because most of the data is already in the RAM. If I let windows sit for 4 mins or so after bootup, I have around 50MB out of 2GB left of free RAM, yet everything starts as fast as or faster than on XP.

EDIT: Typo
March 24, 2008 3:08:22 AM

^_^
...meow, lol
a c 101 U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 3:15:15 AM

There is an almost done SP3 available for download


I would not mind my apps in ram all the time as long as it clears when needed....after all empty ram is useless since its not doing anything.
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 3:33:41 AM

nukemaster said:
after all empty ram is useless since its not doing anything.

What?! But vista is a RAM hog! :lol: 
March 24, 2008 4:00:13 AM

lol, wow someone finally gets it, if your not using the ram for a game, why not have it make things a little flashier at least? Yeah i know about the almost-a-patch, lol, i want the whole shebang. Im patient enough to not try betas unless its my videocard. If i had with vista, i would have installed it like 5 times by now, with all the random crashes and such that beta users experienced.
March 24, 2008 12:00:10 PM

I had the same horrid file transfer speeds after the install of SP1. It turns out that I had to turn off "flow control" on my NIC. I'd known about this affecting speeds, but I thought it only happened when there was a slower NIC present on the network, and all of mine are gigabit cards.

I'm now getting 40MB+ file transfers between Vista and XP.

The only other issue I ever had was with The Witcher not wanting to run for more than 5 min. I upped the amount of memory available to apps to 3 GB and disabled Aero for the game it it's worked fine before and after SP1.

None of my benchmarks have increased though. 3DMark06, Crysis still the same scores.
March 24, 2008 12:26:27 PM

badge said:
...VISTA 64 screwed my girlfriend while I was sleepy dreaming.




That made me laugh...
March 24, 2008 12:48:13 PM

Since I installed SP1 I can't run any of my games in high setting in SLI or single Card. In fact when in SLI the machine just locks up after about 5 minutes.
March 24, 2008 1:07:39 PM

Anyway reading all these it makes to keep xp for some time ..... hehe
March 24, 2008 5:01:09 PM

<4GB Ram - XP 32 Bit
>4GB Ram - Vista 64 bit
User of Vista Ultimate 64 Bit over a Year
March 24, 2008 8:37:17 PM

For an xp vs vista benchmark, how would you want to see DX9 vs dx10? If at all?
March 25, 2008 12:23:57 AM

I wouldnt right now, lol, i could do the test, company of heroes has the direct10 patch, but right now everything is just being patched, and nothing is actually getting written in it, until then well see abysmal scores, once we actually see a game written in it, then it will be judgement time.
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2008 3:17:54 AM

Ja, that's what I'm waiting for too. This summer I am going to try out Vista (just downloaded my free Vista Enterprise) on my gaming computer. I'm not allowed to on my college tablet and I see no reason to on my old comps, so gaming is the extent of my Vista adoption.
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