Quote: Originally Posted by htb2050
Exactly. Not much improvement if you are running it on a decent hardware.
perversely the better hardware you have the more irrelevant these tests are -- the much more STERN test would be to run these benchmarks on CRAPPY hardware .
The hardware musn't be SO old that newer CPU instructions cant run but should be old enough to show up any defects or inefficient code in the OS.
For example even a slow old clunker improves DRAMATICALLY when you run the OS from an SSD. Once you optimize the hardware it's difficult for the end user to see any performance difference at all.