Quick Look: Notebook Performance With Windows XP, Vista, And 7

Test Setup And Test Details

Platform
Notebook
Dell Latitude D630
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 (45nm; 2600 MHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
RAM
Corsair ValueRAM 2 x 2048MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
HDD
Seagate Momentus 7200.2
7,200 RPM, 160GB, 16MB Cache
DVD-ROM
8x DVD+/-RW
Wireless
Intel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n) mini Card
Screen
14.1-inch Widescreen WXGA+ LCD (1400x900)
Graphics Card
Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound Card
Integrated
Power Supply
9-Cell/85 WHr Primary Battery
System Software and Drivers
OS I
Windows XP SP3
Updated on November 9 2009
Graphics Drivers
Version 14.​37.​1.​5029
Storage Drivers
IMSM 8.​9.​0.​1023
OS II
Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
Updated on November 9 2009
Graphics Drivers
Version 15.12.4.1666
Storage Drivers
IMSM 8.​9.​0.​1023
OS III
Windows 7
Updated on November 9 2009
Graphics Drivers
Version 15.12.75.4.1930
Storage Drivers
IMSM 8.​9.​0.​1023
Benchmarks and Settings
MobileMark 2007
Version 1.06
Productivity


We tested with BAPCo’s MobileMark 2007 using the latest version 1.06, which is suitable for Windows 7. The benchmark uses the following applications and creates a typical PC workload scenario:

  • Adobe AcrobatReader 7.0
  • Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Apple Quicktime 7.1
  • Intervideo WinDVD 8
  • Macromedia Flash 8
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Pro
  • Microsoft Project 2003
  • Winzip 10.0

MobileMark also takes a break, which can be many minutes long, simulating a coffee break or similar event. In the end, we believe this is a powerful tool to analyze both application performance as well as battery runtime on modern notebooks and on all three Windows versions.