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Scorbing    517

I did not write this so don't flame me. I just found it and thought I share it with you all as I want to hear everyone's opinion about it.

Source of article: http://my.opera.com/reza.com/blog/2007/11/...sp1-in-the-dust

Article:

Forget about Windows Vista. And forget about Windows Vista SP1. Microsoft's latest Windows client has been quite sluggish to begin with. This in both consumer adoption and in terms of the performance it delivers. As the operating system was crawling along, while performing the most common of tasks, even "speed bumps" seemed an integer part of the road's landscape. Right, that was uncalled for... But still, even on its best day, Vista is slow, and the first service pack for the operating system will change nothing in this aspect. Windows XP SP3 simply flies in comparison to Vista, SP1 or no SP1.

Benchmark testing delivered by the researchers at Devil Mountain Software, a software-development

company based in Florida, revealed that Windows XP SP3 is twice as fast as Windows Vista, with or without SP1 installed. The company threw the two operating systems one against the other on the following configuration: Dell XPS M1710, 2GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM and nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS video. While Vista SP1 delivered minor and disappointing growth in performance, XP SP3 faired quite well.

"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. 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", revealed a member of Devil Mountain Sofware.

http://exo-blog.blogspot.com/

Windows XP SP3 finished the OfficeBench test in approximately 35 seconds, XP SP2 went over 40 seconds with Vista RTM and Vista SP1 both exceeding 80 seconds. The company then added another GB of RAM. Moreover, they also tested Vista in tandem with Office 2007 instead of Office 2003. But while Vista dropped under the 80 seconds milestone it still doesn't even come close to the performance of XP. Commenting the benchmarking Microsoft explained that both Vista SP1 and XP SP3 are still under development and as such, not delivering a complete experience. Vista SP1 is currently planned for the first quarter of next year, while XP has been announced by mid 2008.

"By providing Vista (SP1) with an additional 1GB of RAM (that's a total of 2GB for those of you keeping score) we managed to achieve a "whopping" 4% improvement in OfficeBench throughput. Moving from Office 2007 to Office 2003 definitely improved Vista's showing. Instead of being over 2x slower than XP on the same OfficeBench workload, Vista is now "only" 1.8x slower", the Devil Mountain Software added.

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JustGeorge    1,658

I'm not about to jump on Vista bashing bandwagon but there are some very annoying aspects of Vista that really need too be addressed. For instance, the maddening HDD thrashing that seems to go on forever after installing a program and the touchy nature of its activation scheme. I sincerely hope we see more performance and reliability updates come after SP1's official debut.

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duntkno    0

i wanna dl this alreadyyyyyyyyy

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simmorya    0

God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

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Jme621    19
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

+1

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Flash    1
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

Old doesn't mean a thing if it still works fine, newer isn't always better. I have GOOD hardware yet I don't use vista

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xpablo    134

After install SP1 in Vista it's getting more annoying than ever, thinking of going back to XP.

XP sp3will be better than this.

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omganinja    26

Maybe if they tested it on a vista compatible machine they'd see different results. 1gb RAM should not be used with XP let alone Vista. Do the same test with 2-3gb RAM and I'm sure Vista will perform more equally against XP.

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dewaaz    0
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

i hate comments like this

1. this topic is about an article.

2. the article clesarly states there was no difference in vista's performance with 2GB RAM installed.

3. 2GB surely can be considered 'GOOD' hardware.

4. if you want to argue about it more, make your own thread. this is about the article written - maybe you can comment on how in your experience, vista ISN'T twice as slow as XP SP3.

5. the point of this article is to debate whether XP SP3 is as good as the article says it is, not your 'anti-fanboyism' which is actually just vista fanboyism

can this topic please not be latched onto by vista lovers preaching the "get new hardware" love? can it just be kept to the issue of whether XP SP3 is REALLY as good as this article claims? even WITH 'good' hardware?

on topic, i actually tried vista sp1 and am currently testing server 2008 on a desktop, just to see if those niggling rumours about less bloat on server08 are true.

i don't care what i use either way, to me i just use my computer and amd/intel, xp/vista i dont really care, i dont have winver loaded up in the background while im using my computer so i really can't tell what i'm using for most tasks

i just want whatever will give me the most responsive experience

and in all honesty, i really am disappointed with vista's performance... server 2008 feels a 'little' more snappier, but yeh kinda disappointed with that too

i'll give it another week as a few people say vista needs to 'learn' your beahviour ^_-

but my experience on XP SP3 has been a positive one... i think the article claiming it to be TWICE as fast as vista are a bit far fetched perhaps... but it does certainly feel snappier (Y)

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mntbikeracer1    0

If this is true I am really looking forward to getting SP3.

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Swordnyx    0
Old doesn't mean a thing if it still works fine, newer isn't always better. I have GOOD hardware yet I don't use vista

Nah in the tech world, newer is almost always better.

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stezo2k    0
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

And?.......

Old doesnt nessesarily mean bad, I mean havent you ever installed any apps because they were light? Windows XP runs like lightning on the latest processors, its light and stable. I mean ms wouldnt still support it if it was that bad. The only advantage i can see that vista has is DX10, all the eye candy and extras it has can easily be achieved on xp

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Scorbing    517

Vista is not going to get better until SP2 comes out - maybe 3 years from now at the pace they have been doing things lately at Microsoft. I just tried to go back to XP and guess what? No drivers available on Gateway's web site for my PC for XP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....Tried everything, so I'm stuck with Vista whether I like it or not.

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Elessar    45
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

-1

I shouldn't have to buy a new graphics card, a better CPU, and more ram just to install an operating system. XP is just fine. And for the sake of this conversation, i'm running Vista SP1.

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ViperAFK    797
Maybe if they tested it on a vista compatible machine they'd see different results. 1gb RAM should not be used with XP let alone Vista. Do the same test with 2-3gb RAM and I'm sure Vista will perform more equally against XP.

QFT

and ram is ridiculously cheap now days, you get get 4 gigs for like under 100 bucks easy.

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kouhii00    1

lame website is trying to increase traffic. Any topic that bashes Vista gains a shitload of attention for some reason. So far OfficeBench is made to bash Vista any chance it gets.

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ViperAFK    797
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I shouldn't have to buy a new graphics card, a better CPU, and more ram just to install an operating system. XP is just fine. And for the sake of this conversation, i'm running Vista SP1.

New operating systems usually require better hardware, people were saying these same things about xp.

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TheNay    1
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

I know someone who bought a computer last yr and was brand new, and everything was ok but the printer from Lexmark, and still today doesn't work and says its "Vista compatible" on the box.

I have a fairly new pc, got it last fall, works great on Vista but benchmarks I did show XP is faster by 15%, and I prefer XP, I don't like how menus and some certain things have changed. It's just not for me, I guess it is for some, which is good for MS :) I'm waiting it out till Win 7, even tho I won't use this hardware on it. For the record, I have a C2D 6750 OCd to 3.2ghz, 8800GTS 640MB, 4GB DDR2 800mhz, which is well ready for Vista.

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NEVER85    246

Isn't this article like 3-4 months old?

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LostCat    1,266
Isn't this article like 3-4 months old?

It's old info and has been discounted by most anyone else who's looked at performance.

I don't know what those guys deal is, but as has been said before if you look REALLY HARD you'll find situations where performance will be worse. 99% of the time there's nothing to see.

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toadeater    1
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

Vista turns good hardware into old hardware. You need good hardware to get the performance in Vista you'd get with XP, Linux or OS X with old hardware. Clearly there is a problem with Vista that these other OSes do not have.

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Berserk87    49

why are people comparing an OS that came out 7 years ago, to a modern OS, and trying to run the new one, on older hardware...

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Premgenius    27

I myself run XP and used to bash Vista but have built my brothers machine running Vista SP1, I don't think its that bad at all it works and he loves it, and I myself have some applications that I don't want to run on Vista else I would move as well.

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Berserk87    49
I myself run XP and used to bash Vista but have built my brothers machine running Vista SP1, I don't think its that bad at all it works and he loves it, and I myself have some applications that I don't want to run on Vista else I would move as well.

im using vista on older hardware, and it runs perfectly, i also run xp on the side using vmware for the apps i need.

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Computer Guru    3
God, Windows XP is so old now. GET-OVER-IT!

Buy yourself GOOD hardware and you wont have any problems with Windows Vista.

Bull****

I have an GA-X38-DQ6, Radeon 3870, WD Raptor 150.... and nothing but trouble with Vista. (see here for latest: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=623562)

What your statement should read: buy the exact same hardware MS devs used to build Vista, and you won't have any problems.

EDIT:

oh yeah, it's also running w/ 6GB of RAM, so don't even go there.

Edited by Computer Guru

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