Windows 7 And Windows Vista: Performance Compared

Test Setup

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System Hardware
Performance Benchmarks
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 4 x 256KB L2 and 8MB L3 Cache, TDP 130W, Rev. C0)
Motherboard (Socket LGA1336)Asus P6T (Rev. 1.0) Chipset: Intel X58, ICH10R BIOS: 0403 (02/26/2009)
RAM3 x 2GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D) operating at DDR3-1333 (CL8-8-8-24)
GraphicsZotac Geforce GTX 260² GPU: Geforce GTX 260 (576 MHz) Graphics RAM: 896 MB DDR3 (1998 MHz) Stream Processors: 216 Shader Clock: 1242 MHz
Hard DriveWestern Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10,000 RPM, SATA/300
Blu-Ray DriveLG GGW-H20L, SATA/150
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V, 750W
System Software and Drivers
Operating System IIWindows Vista Ultimate Version 6.0 Service Pack 2 (Build 6000)
Operating System IIWindows 7 Ultimate Version 6.1 (Build 7600)
Drivers and Settings
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility Ver. 9.​​1.​​1.​​1019
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.​9.​0.​1023
Nvidia Graphics DriverVersion: 191.07
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3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
Far Cry 2Version: 1.0.1 Far Cry 2 Benchmark Tool Video Mode: 1280x800 Direct3D 9 Overall Quality: Medium Bloom activated HDR off Demo: Ranch Small
Left 4 DeadVersion: Video Mode: 1280x800 Game Settings - Anti Aliasing none - Filtering Trilinear - Wait for vertical sync disabled - Shader Detail Medium - Effect Detail Medium - Model/Texture Detail Medium Demo: THG Demo 1
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
iTunesVersion:, Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Convert to AAC audio format
LAME MP3Version 3.98, Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min., convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kbps)
Video Benchmarks and Settings
Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1Version: 1.6.1 MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264) MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec 28 sec. HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2) Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kbps) Codec: H.264 Mode: PAL (25 FPS) Profile: Settings for eight threads
Application Benchmarks and Settings
Grisoft AVG Anti-virus 8Version: 8.5.287 Virus base: 270.12.16/2094 Benchmark Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
Winrar 3.9Version 3.90 x64 BETA 1 Compression = Best Benchmark: THG-Workload
Winzip 12Version 12.0 (8252) WinZIP Commandline Version 3 Compression = Best Dictionary = 4096KB Benchmark: THG-Workload
Adobe Photoshop CS4Version: 11 Filtering a 16MB TIF (12000x5813) Filters: Radial Blur (Amount: 10; Method: zoom; Quality: good) Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol) Median (Radius: 1px) Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)
Deep Fritz 11Version: 11 Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02 Options: Performance Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 CPU Test 1 CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00 PCMark Benchmark Memories Benchmark
SiSoftware Sandra 2009Version: 2009 SP3 Processor Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwith