Microsoft Claims Vista's Aero Interface Doesn't Slow PCs

Running Windows Vista's new Aero graphical interface doesn't impact PC performance, a study sponsored by Microsoft claims.

According to speed measurements of more than 60 common business chores, which were conducted by North Carolina-based Principled Technologies for Microsoft, using the Aero interface "had little or no negative effect on Windows Vista's performance."

Matt Ayers, a program manager with the Windows Client Performance team, touted the results on the group's blog. "We put quite a bit of effort into making sure that the new visuals were as efficient as possible, and it really paid off," he wrote. "You can run Aero without guilt!"

Principled Technologies measured performance with Aero on and off using a Dell XPS M170 notebook equipped with 1 Gbyte of RAM, a 2.0-GHz Intel Pentium M 750 single-core processor, and a graphics card with 256 Mbytes of memory. The laptop's configuration met or exceeded Microsoft's own minimum system requirements for what it calls a "Vista Premium Ready PC," which is a system with sufficient horsepower to run Aero. Those requirements, for example, specify a graphics card with at least 128 Mbytes of memory.

Aero, which can be disabled by the user, is automatically ditched for a simpler, Windows XP-style interface, when Vista is run on lower-powered PCs.

The Vista performance report can be downloaded as a PDF file from here

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After a few days I went back to standard. Aero is nothing but eyecandy and a total waste of resources. In fact Vista loads up a ton of useless services as well that can waste RAM and bog down your system. Luckily there are lists out there of services that you can disable to help make it run better.

Foub said,
After a few days I went back to standard. Aero is nothing but eyecandy and a total waste of resources. In fact Vista loads up a ton of useless services as well that can waste RAM and bog down your system. Luckily there are lists out there of services that you can disable to help make it run better.


ok and you baught 2gb of ram Why?


no anyways Vista uses ram Dymaicly and will release Ram as programs request it. i myself have 1.5gb of ram and i could care less if vista uses 600mb of it. Why? dont i care well because i have the ram and secondly Vista agian uses Ram inteligiantly and uses it for performance.


If anyone is so worried about Windows vista using ther pressious ram why dont you then complain to the Game Developers for makeing games that take up more ram then ther predicesors, Fear for for example Hell if i was like you i would complian cause oh it uses more ram then Halife 1 or Doom 1 that is Bull i cant have that that isant right.


Pffft Well for everyones information who wishes to know Aero glass uses your graphics ram not the system ram sir DWM uses 14megs of ram and that is all so dont complian about Aero being the reason why. and as of those resourses being used for services and stuff i would assume most of them are critcal to the system .

notuptome2004 said,
If anyone is so worried about Windows vista using ther pressious ram why dont you then complain to the Game Developers for makeing games that take up more ram then ther predicesors, Fear for for example
Because you don't multitask games. haha

Performance, fine. What about functionality? I couldn't use my dvr app on Vista because hardware overlay is gone. Thanks for the pretty UI, but my most useful thing was killed for its sake.

IntelliMoo said,
Performance, fine. What about functionality? I couldn't use my dvr app on Vista because hardware overlay is gone. Thanks for the pretty UI, but my most useful thing was killed for its sake.


That is not microsoft fault Talk to Nvidia or ATI for that matter

notuptome2004 said,
That is not microsoft fault Talk to Nvidia or ATI for that matter
Well that's pretty cookoo, dude. 5 years of development and ms couldn't work it out with the BIG video card makers to support app that require hardware overlay to function?! Amazing.

Cyranthus said,
yeah, maybe if you have a ton of ram.


i ran Vista on 512 ram and ran aero Fine no issues . you dont need a tone of ram for it. just vista does like ram if you have it.

ok if you read the title of the article or what the article proposes. < Running Windows Vista's new Aero graphical interface doesn't impact PC performance, a study sponsored by Microsoft claims>

Then read who is doing the test to Prove if them cliams are true < According to speed measurements of more than 60 common business chores, which were conducted by North Carolina-based Principled Technologies for Microsoft, using the Aero interface "had little or no negative effect on Windows Vista's performance." >


So while sponsored by Microsoft only sponsored by them it is not Done by Microsoft it is done by 3rd Party to test. and as the PDF shows i have seen as it shows that vista can in fact be Faster then XP in alot of situations and or just as fast as XP evan with the new graphics interface driven turned on. and that non of the new interface impacts the system performance to slow it down but is possable as i have seen personaly improve the performance of my PC, now in some minor cases how ever i have seen the same App running marginaly faster on XP possably due a Driver or so but only has happend to me ina Minor case and the program was Adobe Premiere was around 5 seconds slower at the same encoding job. but in anycase the interface running full aero should not impact the performance of such operations as them operations are more related to CPU utilizations and not GPU driven task.

Principled Technologies measured performance with Aero on and off using a Dell XPS M170 notebook equipped with 1 Gbyte of RAM, a 2.0-GHz Intel Pentium M 750 single-core processor, and a graphics card with 256 Mbytes of memory

Seems like a bit of a spin to me, doesn't Aero use the Graphics Card and how many business computers have a 256MB graphics card?

Businesses probably won't have any use for Aero anyway. It's a consumer-oriented feature...
Besides, GDI uses the graphics card the same way... Aero just takes advantage of the fact that most 3D cards can render 3D as fast as 2D nowadays...

GreyWolfSC said,
Businesses probably won't have any use for Aero anyway. It's a consumer-oriented feature...
Besides, GDI uses the graphics card the same way... Aero just takes advantage of the fact that most 3D cards can render 3D as fast as 2D nowadays...


GDI and GDI+ do not utalize the graphics card in the same way. ans as for the 3D being fast enough now to render stuff as fast is 2D that is not so true as microsoft could have did some 3D work for XP when it was relased but Directx 8 or 8.1 did not have the funcinality to do the advanced stuff we see in Vista.... Now they may have done Alpah blending using the 2D Engine of the graphics card and then done some very light 3D animations off the GPU and some other functions but nothing as to what Directx 9 API allows them to do and what the current WPF technolaies alloows them to do.

They were doing basic tasks, and had seriously overpowered computers for it. You do not need "Windows Vista Premium Ready PC" to perform these tasks. If you perform a task that would require, say 50-100MB of memory, then a 256MB computer will do fine. A 512 MB will be more than plenty, and a 1024MB setup will be overkill.

If they had tested Vista for 'my basic tasks' which involve switching between my mail client, various PDFs, Photoshop and Illustrator, I am sure they would have exposed the weaknesses much better.

Well i think this article can both be positive or negative depending on how you look at it.

Consider this WHY should'nt more graphics put your system under more stress, its just common behavior that ore graphics=more horsepower. Nobody should deny that, if they say they their non enhanced interface performance almost = enhanced performance then well, either their non-enhanced coding is too bad or their enhanced interface(aero interface) coding is just too perfect !

Remember, this article focuses on tasks BUSINESSES will do. So things like spreadsheets, word documents, office stuff. Considering that none of those use the GPU, which is what Aero primarily runs off, this makes a lot of sense, so don't just bash the article because you didn't think about it.

well my, admitidly , not top spec machine (2.66ghz, 1gb ram, ati 9800 gfx) begs too differ. it was soo slow under vista even with the application turbo boosting malarky via a usb memory stick. crashed all the time too. :(

just put xp back on and its quick as anything with no crashes. essential features of a media center pc.

thefunkygibbon said,
well my, admitidly , not top spec machine (2.66ghz, 1gb ram, ati 9800 gfx) begs too differ. it was soo slow under vista even with the application turbo boosting malarky via a usb memory stick. crashed all the time too. :(

just put xp back on and its quick as anything with no crashes. essential features of a media center pc.

I fail to see the relevance of your post with the Aero interface slowing down a PC. This article is about Aero being slower than Vista's more basic UI...not general gripes about Vista vs XP.

Running Windows Vista's new Aero graphical interface doesn't impact PC performance, a study sponsored by "Microsoft" claims

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Eating lots of hamburgers doesn't impact Human health performance, a study sponsored by "McDonalds" claims.

Drinking 3 bottles of whiskey a day doesn't impact Human liver performance, a study sponsored by "Jack Daniels" claims.

Yeah, we could go on for hours.

axious said,

Smoking doesn't impact Human lung performance, a study sponsored by "British American Tobacco" claims.

Eating lots of hamburgers doesn't impact Human health performance, a study sponsored by "McDonalds" claims.

Drinking 3 bottles of whiskey a day doesn't impact Human liver performance, a study sponsored by "Jack Daniels" claims.

Yeah, we could go on for hours. :D


:nod: :nod:
Yep, once again Microsoft is living in a fantasy world.

Amen.

I have to run Vista Classic because Aero messes with the apps I use (Photoshop and Flash mostly).

For fun load up Flash, make an object on the stage and press F8 to make it a symbol. Now double click the symbol on the stage.

Head down to the kitchen and get a drink and come back up and it *might* be done entering symbol edit mode.

I also find explorer MUCH slower in Aero than classic. Here's hopin' there is a performance patch in the pipeline

SwankyPimp said,
Amen.

I have to run Vista Classic because Aero messes with the apps I use (Photoshop and Flash mostly).

For fun load up Flash, make an object on the stage and press F8 to make it a symbol. Now double click the symbol on the stage.

Head down to the kitchen and get a drink and come back up and it *might* be done entering symbol edit mode.

I also find explorer MUCH slower in Aero than classic. Here's hopin' there is a performance patch in the pipeline :D

You're talking about the same Adobe that couldn't figure out how to recompile their apps to run on the Intel Macs within 6 months AFTER the release, right?

The same Adobe that STILL uses a old style Mac (pre OSX) RAM allocation scheme instead of catching up with 21st century computer software programming techniques.

Actually Aero improves preformance in certain issues such as the all-famous "Window Redraw" that you see in all versions of Windows. With Aero on, you no longer see that. And window dragging is soooo smooth, its nice.