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Windows 7: Windows 7 beta 1 performance - How does the OS compare to Vista and XP?


01 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 
Windows 7 beta 1 performance - How does the OS compare to Vista and XP?

How does Windows 7 beta 1 compare to Vista and XP in terms of performance? That’s a question that’s been hitting my inbox regularly over the past few weeks. Let’s see if we can’t answer it!
Important note: Before I go any further I feel I need to make a point, and make it clear. The build I’m testing of Windows 7 (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400) is a beta build, and as a rule beta builds are usually more geared towards stability than performance. That said, the performance of this build should give us a clue as to how the OS is coming along.
Rather than publish a series of benchmark results for the three operating systems (something which Microsoft frowns upon for beta builds, not to mention the fact that the final numbers only really matter for the release candidate and RTM builds), I’ve decided to put Windows 7, Vista and XP head-to-head in a series of real-world tests to find out which OS comes out top.
The tests
There are 23 tests in all, most of which are self explanatory:
  1. Install OS - Time it takes to install the OS
  2. Boot up - Average boot time to usable desktop
  3. Shut down - Average shut down time
  4. Move 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another
  5. Move 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another
  6. Network transfer 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device
  7. Network transfer 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device
  8. Move 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  9. Move 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  10. Network transfer 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  11. Network transfer 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  12. Compress 100MB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  13. Compress 1GB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  14. Extract 100MB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  15. Extract 1GB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  16. Install Office 2007 - Ultimate version, from DVD
  17. Open 10 page Word doc - Text only
  18. Open 100 page Word doc - Text and images only
  19. Open simple Excel doc - Basic formatting
  20. Open complex Excel doc - Including formula and charts
  21. Burn DVD - Win 7 beta 1 .ISO to disc using CDBurnerXP
  22. Open 10 page PDF - Text only, using latest Adobe Reader 8
  23. Open 100 page PDF - Text and images, using latest Adobe Reader 8
These series of tests will pitch Windows 7 build 7000 32-bit against Windows Vista SP1 32-bit and Windows XP SP3 32-bit. The scoring for each of the tests is simple. The winning OS scores 1, the runner up 2 and the loser scores a 3. The scores are added up and the OS with the lowest score at the end wins.


The 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 D E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM
The results
Here are the results of the tests for the two systems:


Conclusion
The bottom line is that the more I use Windows 7 the more I like it. Sure, we’re looking at a beta build here and not the final code, so things could change between now and release (although realistically final code ends up being faster than beta code). Also I still have some nagging issues relating to the interface, and some concerns that the UAC changes will break applications and other code, especially installers, but overall Windows 7 beta 1 is a robust, solid bit of code.
Sure, Windows 7 is not XP, and never will be (thankfully). And if you’re put off by things such as activation and DRM, then Windows isn’t the OS for you (good news is there are others to choose from). But if you’re looking for a solid OS then Windows 7 seems ready to deliver just that - a fast, reliable, relatively easy to use platform for your hardware and software.


Windows 7 beta 1 performance - How does the OS compare to Vista and XP? | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com


nice way to get around the EULA....

edit: sorry diamond only 32 bit no 64......lol

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01 Jan 2009   #2
Joe

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Nice comparison + post. I knew Windows 7 was "snappier", but I didn't realize how snappy it really is
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01 Jan 2009   #3

 
 

looking good for 7
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01 Jan 2009   #4

 

Looking very good.

Now, if M$ will offer all purchasers of Vista a large discount to move to Windows 7, I'm happier than a pig in a pigsty.
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01 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
Looking very good.

Now, if M$ will offer all purchasers of Vista a large discount to move to Windows 7, I'm happier than a pig in a pigsty.

Upgrade?

naw JK i know what you mean....

im hoping too...

as i would to stay with OS than vista since ive getting rather fond of this little OS...
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02 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Thanks DA,

Great read and Numbers look good for future of Windows 7

Only One test missing though

Which OS takes longest for smarty to break
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02 Jan 2009   #7

 

That one is easy - neither.

Both OS's can be broken in a matter of 30 seconds or less - it's called DB&N (aka Dban)

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02 Jan 2009   #8

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Thanks for the post DA.

Gary
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02 Jan 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home - 64 Bit
 
 
Person :-)

Gary -
Excellent Post - I really wanted to know what Testing the Software was and even better - Results. Thank You for the time it took to post that.
Patrick
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