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Windows XP vs. Vista: The Benchmark Rundown

Test Setup

System Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardGigabyte GA-965P-DQ6Chipset : Intel P965, 82801HR (ICH8), BIOS : F8
Common Hardware
RAM2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 3.0-4-3-9)Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
Graphics CardHIS Radeon X1900XTX IceQ3GPU : ATI X1900XTX (650 MHz)RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
System Hard Drive1x 150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150Western Digital WD1500ADFD
Data Hard Drive1x 150 GB 10.000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150Western Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROMTeac DV-W50D
Software
Vista ATI GraphicCatalyst Suite 8.31.100.3.2.1
XP ATI GraphicCatalyst Suite 7.1.40211
Intel Chipset8.1.1.1010
DirectX VistaVersion : 10.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DirectX XPVersion : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OSWindows Vista Enterprise, Build 6000.16386.061101-2205

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call Of Duty 2Version : 1.3 RetailVideo Mode : 1280x960Anti Aliasing : 4xGraphics Card : mediumTimedemo demo2
FarCryVersion 1.33 build 13951280x1024 - 32 Bitquality options = High
F.E.A.RVersion : 1.0 RetailVideo Mode : 1280x920Computer : HighGraphics Card : HighOptions/Performance/Test settings
Unreal Tournament 2004Version : 32041280x1024, 32 Bit, Audio = offTHG8-assault-single
3DMark06Version 1.1.01280 x 1024 - 32 bitGraphics and CPU Default Benchmark
Video
AutoGKVersion : 2.4182 MB VOB MPEG2-source (704x576) 16:9
XviDVersion : 1.2.0 SMP Beta 08/12/06Encoding type : TwopassTarget size (mbytes) : 100
MainConcept H.264 Encoder v2Version : 2.12:19 min MPEG2-source 1920x1080 to H.264Profile : HighAudio : AACStream : Program
Audio
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (11-29-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to oggQuality : 5
Applications
SPECviewperf 9Version : 9.03All Tests
WinrarVersion 3.70 Beta 1 (Multi-Core)(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion : 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 2Version : 9.0.1VT-Runtime ScriptRendering from 5 Pictures (66 MB, 7 Filters)
CinebenchVersion 9.564 BitnCPU, 1 CPU
SunGardAdaptiv Credit Risk CalculationVersion 3.0
Synthetic
EverestVersion 3.5.761Cache & Memory Benchmark
PCMark05 ProVersion : 1.2.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player 10.00.00.3646Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra 2007Version 2007.5.11.17CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMediaMemory Test = Bandwidth BenchmarkMemory Latency Test = ns