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Test Setup

Windows Vista's SuperFetch and ReadyBoost Analyzed
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System Hardware
Processor Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard EVGA nForce 680i SLI 775 Mainboard
Chipset : Nvidia nForce 680i SLI, BIOS : P24
Common Hardware
RAM I 2x 256 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)
A-Data M2OEL6F3G31609A1D0Z
RAM II 2x 512 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)
Corsair CM2X512-8500 XMS8505v1.1
RAM III 2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)
Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
Graphics Card HIS Radeon X1900XTX IceQ3
GPU : ATI X1900XTX (650 MHz)
RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
System Hard Drive 1x 150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
Data Hard Drive 1x 150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
USB-Stick Kingston Migo DataTraveller II Plus 1 GB
DVD-ROM Teac DV-W50D
Applications
Microsoft Outlook 2007 Version 12.0.4518.1014
Open Office Writer Version 2.1
Software
Vista ATI Graphic Catalyst Suite 8.31.100.3.2.1
DirectX Vista Version : 10.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OS Windows Vista Enterprise, Build 6000.16386.061101-2205

Test Workflow

First of all we installed Windows Vista Enterprise from scratch and added all required drivers. As we finished the installation we set a system restore point, because we recreated this clean system state (with no impact of SuperFetch learning from our testing activity) for every complete set of benchmarks. We used Microsoft Outlook with a 1.5 GB PST file, the Internet Explorer 7 with a locally stored website and the OpenOffice Writer with a huge press release document as our applications to test SuperFetch and ReadyBoost. Here is our testing sequence :

  • Boot Windows Vista
  • Wait 2 minutes
First Run

  • Start Internet Explorer
  • Wait 5 min (15 minutes if ReadyBoost USB 2.0 Flash device is attached for the first time)
  • Start Microsoft Outlook
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Start OpenOffice Writer
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Close OpenOffice Writer
  • Close Microsoft Outlook
  • Close Internet Explorer
  • Wait 2 minutes
Second Run

  • Start Internet Explorer
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Start Microsoft Outlook
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Start OpenOffice Writer
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Close OpenOffice Writer
  • Close Microsoft Outlook
  • Close Internet Explorer
  • Wait 2 minutes
Third Run

  • Start Internet Explorer
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Start Microsoft Outlook
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Start OpenOffice Writer
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Close OpenOffice Writer
  • Close MicrosoftOutlook
  • Close Internet Explorer
  • Reboot and start 2nd or 3rd cycle

We measured the startup time for Microsoft Office 2007 and the OpenOffice Writer 2.1

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