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Windows 7: The Definitive Windows 7 vs Vista Performance Compariso

23 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
The Definitive Windows 7 vs Vista Performance Compariso

The official launch of Windows 7 is upon us, and there has never been so much hype for a new Microsoft OS since XP was first revealed. To most people, Vista is either a complete piece of junk, or a necessary evil, although I think that is somewhat unfair. To me, Vista is an improvement over XP in every conceivable way, and I really cant think of any good reason for someone to be using XP in the last 3 years. Many people do though, and Microsoft wasted no time in working on a replacement for Vista.

One thing is for certain though; after using Windows 7 for a few months, I can say that Windows 7 is what Vista really should have been. Although its not a revolutionary product compared to Vista like XP was compared to 98, it just does everything better.

But I digress; were not here to compare the functionality of Vista and 7, were only concerned with performance today. You may be convinced that 7 sounds good on paper, with everyone praising the UI improvements for months. But what about performance? How will it handle the applications that you run every day? Will gaming take a hit? Or will it be improved? Will the touted multitasking improvements be noticeable?

To offer what I think will be the definitive performance comparison of Windows 7 and Vista, I put both versions through dozens of tests, mostly using the programs that people actually use every day. We tested 3 different systems as well:

High-End 8-threaded PC- Core i7 965 with Radeon HD4890
Middle-Range Dual Core PC Athlon II X2 550 with Geforce 8800GT
Low-End/Outdated Single-Core PC Athlon 64 3000+ with Geforce 8800GT

The result of dozens of hours of benchmarking and over a hundred charts will answer quite a few questions:

1) If performance is improved, will it be due to improved multitasking and/or multithreading?
2) Can users of old systems (and single-threaded Netbooks) expect a performance increase as well?
3) Will gaming improve on an older CPU with a newer graphics card?
4) Will any gaming improvements be related to driver software (Nvidia vs AMD)?

And probably a lot more!

All of the components were identical in all systems, including the memory used:

Core i7 965 Athlon II X2 550 Athlon 64 3000+
Motherboard Intel DX58SO (X58, DDR3) Asus M3A78-T (790GX, DDR2) Asus M3A78-T (790GX, DDR2)
Memory 4GB OCZ Blade
DDR2-1066 @ 5-5-5-18 4GB OCZ Blade
DDR2-1066 @ 5-5-5-18 4GB OCZ Blade
DDR2-1066 @ 5-5-5-18
Video Card ATI Radeon HD4890 1GB, Catalyst 9.8
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB, Forceware 190.38
Audio Disabled
HDD Hitachi DeskStar 250GB 7200 RPM SATAII (reviewed here)
OS Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64 RTM
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition x64 SP2
I had to keep the results separate, since putting the Core i7s scores in the same graph as the 3000+ would make it very difficult to compare results. The end result is an astonishing 100+ charts to look at, after which we will know for sure whether Windows 7s benefits go deeper than just eye candy and UI improvements!

All benchmarks will be shown in this order: Core i7 (red), Athlon II (orange), Athlon 64 (blue).

More after link.
Windows 7 vs Vista Performance Comparison

Looks like Windows 7 is faster and efficient than Vista after all.

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23 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Nice article and benchmarking. The only thing it doesn't show about 7 is the stability and the mostly solved driver compatibility issues Vista had. Great post.
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24 Oct 2009   #3

Linux (Debian, Android)

I wish they would show some non-application specific benchmarks like connecting to a wireless/wired network, boot times, shutdown times, sleep times, hibernate times, resume-from-sleep times, resume-from-hibernate times, idle power consumption, etc.

I've yet to find a comprehensive test between XP, Vista, and 7 fully patched and using the latest software (e.g. CS4, Office 2007)
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24 Oct 2009   #4

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

A nice piece of work, but does it really matter any more. With the release of Win 7, Vista, and XP will go the way of all other Windows OS's. Yes there will be companies, and individuals using Vista and XP, albeit they are headed for the bone yard. :)
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