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

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

Sandra is relatively OS-agnostic, so a quick run of a few benchmarks should show hardware performance unchanged.

Now that we’ve determined nothing has gone awry in hardware, let’s see how the rest of our synthetics respond to the change in software.

3DMark performance changes certainly aren’t noteworthy.

PCMark tests several aspects of system performance, including startup time. Its Productivity results indicate that Windows 7 will “feel” around 10% faster in daily use.

SYSmark 2007 Preview shows a huge 25% gain for Windows 7 in its Video Creation suite, although the average improvement is a more realistic 7%. Getting a 7% improvement with a hardware change would typically cost hundreds of dollars. Unlike most other synthetics, SYSmark uses real productivity suites such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office to calculate its performance scores, so users should be able to take that 7% performance gain as a solid indicator of how much faster the system will feel in daily use.

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