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Benchmarking Windows 7: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger?

Real-World Benchmark Analysis

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.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.