Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains Over Vista SP1

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After a disappointing showing by Windows Vista SP1 (see previous post), we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (v.3244) delivers a measurable performance boost to this aging desktop OS. Testing with OfficeBench showed an ~10% performance boost vs. the same configuration running under Windows XP w/Service Pack 2.

Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release - unlike w/Vista SP1, Microsoft made no promises of improved performance for XP - the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus. In fact, XP SP3 is shaping-up to be a "must have" update for the majority of users who are still running Redmond's not-so-latest and greatest desktop OS.

Of course, none of this bodes well for Vista, which is now more than 2x slower than the most current builds of its older sibling. Suffice to say that performance-minded users will likely choose to stick with the now even speedier Windows XP - at least until more "Windows 7" information becomes publicly available.


Figure 1 - OfficeBench Completion Times
(In Seconds - Lower is Better)

Note: As with our Vista SP1 testing, we used the identical Dell XPS M1710 test bed with 2GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM and discrete nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS video.

Windows Vista = Windows ME "Reloaded?" You be the judge!

News source: Exo.Blog


Pawned!... Beyond GODLIKE
wen wil xp sp3 come!! cant wait much!!

why is this vista so slow n why isnt MS DOIN SOMETHING FOR IT


Guess Who's Back
Guys just read the comments they haven't tested vista properly , vista opens
OfficeBench way much faster than this & some beta of sp 1 has already mention in the comments that SP 1 makes vista very fast , also the reason why SP 3 opens officebench 10 seconds faster is because it has some multicore optimizations try doing the same test on single core & you won't notice any diffrence.


Wire muncher!
Hush.. Hush.. keep it low! If MS sees this then they'll tamper wid XP SP3 to boost Vista sales! :D

smit said:
also the reason why SP 3 opens officebench 10 seconds faster is because it has some multicore optimizations..
Isn't it all about optimization to make things speedier? :)


Broken In
I installed SP3 on my PC today afternoon, but frankly I don't see any difference at all. With SP2 we had visible differences like the addition of windows security center and stuff. This time it looks like bug fixes and security fixes only.


Cyborg Agent
I saw that on a cyber cafe too.. may be some torrent roaming around created by few people .. !!


Dark Overlord !!!
Nice Info.... XP rockz big time !!!! If only M$ had incoporated DX10 in XP officially... there wud hv been no need to migrate to vista for gaming !!!! :)


left this forum longback
^well,already Vista sales are crawling and now if M$ ports dx10.1 to XP,Vista is gone!like the fate of winME :lol: ,they wont do that!. :twisted: Vista will be forced on u!if u buy any laptop!thats what i understand.


The Frozen Nova
As a XP user -> Happy
Vista users -> Unhappy.

But there will definitely be a performance increase in vista sp1 by the time of its release.
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