7 RTM vs. Vista SP1 vs. XP SP3 - Shootout, Part 1

Summary:Over the past few months I've talked a lot about the performance side of things with regard to Windows 7. However, I've not been able to give you any actual numbers because the EULA for the beta and release candidate versions of Windows 7 prohibited me from doing so. However, now that Windows 7 has hit the RTM I can carry out benchmark tests and provide you with real numbers.

Over the past few months I've talked a lot about the performance side of things with regard to Windows 7. However, I've not been able to give you any actual numbers because the EULA for the beta and release candidate versions of Windows 7 prohibited me from doing so. However, now that Windows 7 has hit the RTM I can carry out benchmark tests and provide you with real numbers.

The tests

Rather than dump a whole series of benchmark results on you, I'm going to release them over a few posts. Here I'm going to look at four specific metrics:

  • Boot up speed
  • Shutdown speed
  • Compressing and then extracting a folder contains numerous files and folders (3500 files / 30 folders) totaling 5.15GB

Tests are carried out on 32-bit versions of Windows.

Test systems

I’ve used two desktop systems as the test machines:

  • An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
  • An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM

Results/Conclusion -->

The results

Conclusion

My test results here match up closely to the results I got when Windows 7 was both in beta and RC stage - that Windows 7 clearly, and conclusively, outperforms both Vista and XP. No ifs, no buts.

More benchmark results to follow shortly ...

[UPDATE: I've just noticed that CNET UK have published some benchmark results too, and the data for boot up seems at odds with some of my results here. In particular, boot up speeds seem to show Windows 7 as being slower than Vista and XP. I can't comment on the particular results, but my results from testing carried out yesterday seems to be consistant with results I saw with earlier builds. Also, in real world usage, I find that 7 boots up faster than Vista or XP. As I always like to say with benchmarking, your mileage can, and most probably will, vary ... sometimes dramatically!]

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Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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