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Before moving on to synthetics, let's take a closer look at what our real-world application benchmarks have revealed.
Games appear to have a negligible preference for Windows 7, while productivity applications prefer Windows Vista. The average for encoding applications is thrown off—way off—by a problem in TMPGEnc, leading to a combined performance difference of nearly 4% favoring Vista.
What would these results look like if we eliminated the “partially-broken” TMPGEnc test?
With TMPGEnc out of the equation, the encoding difference drops to 0.41% with a combined average difference of 0.57% favoring Vista.
But none of these applications reveal anything about load times. For that we have two synthetics, PCMark and SYSmark.