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Vista vs. Win 7.... Results

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Vista vs. Win 7.... Results

---TK---
Yes it's that time again, the never ending debate: What is the fastest OS?

In anticipation to the never ending debate, I thought it would be entertaining to get some test results out there before the big heated debates even start.

The test is going to be against a fully updated Vista 32 bit OS vs. a fully updated Windows 7 RC 7100.0.090421-1700_x86 OS. I am excluding XP from the test because unfortunately it will not install on my newer rig, after countless hours of trouble shooting and forum after forum, I gave up...

The hardware will stay the same across the board, but it is not the same hardware as my last benchmark tests. http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=280962&messageID=2659904
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-7343-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=281262&messageID=2662914 (more detailed for those interested)
I would have used the same hardware as the last tests but since that time, that rig has bit the dust!

System spec's: Core 2 Quad Q9300 CPU @2.5 GHz, 4 Gigs of XMS DDR3 RAM, 2 9800GTX+'s SLI configuration, nForce 790i SLI FTW PART NUMBER: 132-YW-E179-TR Motherboard, 2 36 Gig Raptor drives (Page file moved to 2nd drive).

Currently I have not ran the tests, I plan on running them either tonight after work or tomorrow night. LOL, no Im not going to throw Ubuntu 9.04 in the mix, as much as I love Linux, benchmark tests just don't compare fairly... Example: DirectX vs OpenGL, cant really compare the two.

In my opinion the out come of the tests will be very interesting! I am comparing a supported OS vs an OS that is still in BETA... Just some food for thought! After using Win 7 on my laptop for quite some time I feel that its a legit race... Now I maybe eating my words, and I have no problem admitting when I am wrong. With that said, I predict that Win 7 RC will beat out Vista Ultimate...

**I will do my best to keep the test as balanced as possible!

Any comments? or predictions?

edited: CPU model

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Looks like I am eating my words once again.

Enjoy the data, and take it for what it is. I added the 64 bit version in because I had numerous comments from friends that it would make a MASSIVE difference in the results... apparently not so.

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    raid0

    Looking forward to the results. My primary OS is Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I tried 7 over the weekend. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the install time. I was up and running in 15 minutes.

    I did not notice any noticable improvement in computing speed though. Personally, Vista runs fine for me with 4 gigs of RAM.

    However, I do not have any hard data to compare.

    Good luck!

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    ---TK---

    I have been running vista ultimate 32 bit on the PC for quite sometime, I like it. I have had some issues with it in the past that I had to work around.. Over all I'm a fan of Vista, but I have been wanting to move over to Win 7 mainly because how it runs on my laptop...

    Thanks for the post, you gave me another idea. Include the install time on both OS's.

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    PassMark(TM) PerformanceTest 7.0 Evaluation Version (http://www.passmark.com)
    Results generated on: Thursday, July 23, 2009


    Benchmark Results

    Test Name: This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math: 445.0
    CPU - Floating Point Math: 1657.9
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers: 954.8
    CPU - Multimedia Instructions: 8.1
    CPU - Compression: 5249.9
    CPU - Encryption: 14.7
    CPU - Physics: 206.9
    CPU - String Sorting: 2770.8
    Graphics 2D - Solid Vectors: 3.0
    Graphics 2D - Transparent Vectors: 3.0
    Graphics 2D - Complex Vectors: 84.5
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text: 80.3
    Graphics 2D - Windows Interface: 83.9
    Graphics 2D - Image Filters: 351.0
    2D Graphics - Image Rendering: 234.1
    Graphics 3D - Simple: 1720.7
    Graphics 3D - Medium: 597.6
    Graphics 3D - Complex: 58.0
    Graphics 3D - DirectX 10: 12.4
    Memory - Allocate Small Block: 1984.8
    Memory - Read Cached: 1801.4
    Memory - Read Uncached: 1683.0
    Memory - Write: 1682.6
    Memory - Large RAM: 647.4
    Disk - Sequential Read: 48.8
    Disk - Sequential Write: 50.0
    Disk - Random Seek + RW: 5.3
    CD - Read: 3.5
    CPU Mark: 2958.6
    2D Graphics Mark: 389.0
    Memory Mark: 619.8
    Disk Mark: 376.7
    CD Mark: 424.5
    3D Graphics Mark: 1199.4
    PassMark Rating: 1135.3

    System information: This Computer
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Number of CPU: 1
    Cores per CPU: 4
    CPU Type: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    CPU Speed: 2167.0 MHz
    Cache size: 3072KB
    O/S: Windows Vista (32-bit)
    Total RAM: 2557.6 MB.
    Available RAM: 1644.7 MB.
    Video settings: 1440x900x32
    Video driver:
    DESCRIPTION: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    MANUFACTURER: NVIDIA
    BIOS: Version 62.92.64.0.72
    DATE: 6-10-2009
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 34.5 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4.0 KBytes
    File system: NTFS

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    ---TK---

    PassMark(TM) PerformanceTest 7.0 Evaluation Version (http://www.passmark.com)
    Results generated on: Saturday, July 25, 2009


    Benchmark Results

    Test Name: This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math: 1472.6
    CPU - Floating Point Math: 1924.9
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers: 829.6
    CPU - SSE: 9.2
    CPU - Compression: 5126.8
    CPU - Encryption: 14.6
    CPU - Physics: 204.4
    CPU - String Sorting: 2419.7
    Graphics 2D - Solid Vectors: 1.5
    Graphics 2D - Transparent Vectors: 1.5
    Graphics 2D - Complex Vectors: 88.9
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text: 143.5
    Graphics 2D - Windows Interface: 62.6
    Graphics 2D - Image Filters: 220.7
    2D Graphics - Image Rendering: 290.6
    Graphics 3D - Simple: 1357.0
    Graphics 3D - Medium: 537.1
    Graphics 3D - DirectX 10: 12.2
    Memory - Allocate Small Block: 3071.6
    Memory - Read Cached: 2047.9
    Memory - Read Uncached: 1896.1
    Memory - Write: 1726.9
    Memory - Large RAM: 1493.2
    Disk - Sequential Read: 49.6
    Disk - Sequential Write: 49.5
    Disk - Random Seek + RW: 3.7
    CD - Read: 6.0
    CPU Mark: 3821.6
    2D Graphics Mark: 279.3
    Memory Mark: 918.4
    Disk Mark: 371.7
    CD Mark: 738.4
    PassMark Rating: 1118.9

    System information: This Computer
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Number of CPU: 1
    Cores per CPU: 4
    CPU Type: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    CPU Speed: 2333.3 MHz
    Cache size: 3072KB
    O/S: Windows 7 (64-bit)
    Total RAM: 4094.5 MB.
    Available RAM: 2999.1 MB.
    Video settings: 1440x900x32
    Video driver:
    DESCRIPTION: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    MANUFACTURER: NVIDIA
    BIOS: Version 62.92.64.0.72
    DATE: 7-14-2009
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 34.5 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4.0 KBytes
    File system: NTFS

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    ---TK---

    PassMark(TM) PerformanceTest 7.0 Evaluation Version (http://www.passmark.com)
    Results generated on: Saturday, July 25, 2009


    Benchmark Results

    Test Name: This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math: 450.1
    CPU - Floating Point Math: 1726.2
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers: 955.0
    CPU - Multimedia Instructions: 10.2
    CPU - Compression: 5209.1
    CPU - Encryption: 14.7
    CPU - Physics: 206.3
    CPU - String Sorting: 2724.9
    Graphics 2D - Solid Vectors: 1.4
    Graphics 2D - Transparent Vectors: 1.4
    Graphics 2D - Complex Vectors: 87.4
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text: 110.0
    Graphics 2D - Windows Interface: 56.7
    Graphics 2D - Image Filters: 338.5
    2D Graphics - Image Rendering: 237.3
    Graphics 3D - Simple: 1322.9
    Graphics 3D - Medium: 524.7
    Graphics 3D - Complex: 53.2
    Graphics 3D - DirectX 10: 12.5
    Memory - Allocate Small Block: 2268.0
    Memory - Read Cached: 1807.4
    Memory - Read Uncached: 1692.1
    Memory - Write: 1645.6
    Memory - Large RAM: 695.8
    Disk - Sequential Read: 53.4
    Disk - Sequential Write: 47.8
    Disk - Random Seek + RW: 3.7
    CD - Read: 6.7
    CPU Mark: 3127.4
    2D Graphics Mark: 261.0
    Memory Mark: 643.2
    Disk Mark: 378.8
    CD Mark: 826.0
    3D Graphics Mark: 1041.6
    PassMark Rating: 1071.5

    System information: This Computer
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Number of CPU: 1
    Cores per CPU: 4
    CPU Type: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    CPU Speed: 1981.1 MHz
    Cache size: 3072KB
    O/S: Windows 7 (32-bit)
    Total RAM: 2558.5 MB.
    Available RAM: 1998.3 MB.
    Video settings: 1440x900x32
    Video driver:
    DESCRIPTION: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    MANUFACTURER: NVIDIA
    BIOS: Version 62.92.64.0.72
    DATE: 7-14-2009
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 34.5 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4.0 KBytes
    File system: NTFS

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    Deadly Ernest

    Win 7 XP compatibility mode VM actually works with a couple of third party applications that are XP compatible.

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    DHCDBD

    W7 is still in beta. Uhh uhh. The RTM has been distributed. Build 7600.16385

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    ---TK---

    I changed it to the build I used.

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    raid0

    Looking forward to the results. My primary OS is Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I tried 7 over the weekend. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the install time. I was up and running in 15 minutes.

    I did not notice any noticable improvement in computing speed though. Personally, Vista runs fine for me with 4 gigs of RAM.

    However, I do not have any hard data to compare.

    Good luck!

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    ---TK---

    I have been running vista ultimate 32 bit on the PC for quite sometime, I like it. I have had some issues with it in the past that I had to work around.. Over all I'm a fan of Vista, but I have been wanting to move over to Win 7 mainly because how it runs on my laptop...

    Thanks for the post, you gave me another idea. Include the install time on both OS's.

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    ---TK---

    PassMark(TM) PerformanceTest 7.0 Evaluation Version (http://www.passmark.com)
    Results generated on: Thursday, July 23, 2009


    Benchmark Results

    Test Name: This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math: 445.0
    CPU - Floating Point Math: 1657.9
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers: 954.8
    CPU - Multimedia Instructions: 8.1
    CPU - Compression: 5249.9
    CPU - Encryption: 14.7
    CPU - Physics: 206.9
    CPU - String Sorting: 2770.8
    Graphics 2D - Solid Vectors: 3.0
    Graphics 2D - Transparent Vectors: 3.0
    Graphics 2D - Complex Vectors: 84.5
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text: 80.3
    Graphics 2D - Windows Interface: 83.9
    Graphics 2D - Image Filters: 351.0
    2D Graphics - Image Rendering: 234.1
    Graphics 3D - Simple: 1720.7
    Graphics 3D - Medium: 597.6
    Graphics 3D - Complex: 58.0
    Graphics 3D - DirectX 10: 12.4
    Memory - Allocate Small Block: 1984.8
    Memory - Read Cached: 1801.4
    Memory - Read Uncached: 1683.0
    Memory - Write: 1682.6
    Memory - Large RAM: 647.4
    Disk - Sequential Read: 48.8
    Disk - Sequential Write: 50.0
    Disk - Random Seek + RW: 5.3
    CD - Read: 3.5
    CPU Mark: 2958.6
    2D Graphics Mark: 389.0
    Memory Mark: 619.8
    Disk Mark: 376.7
    CD Mark: 424.5
    3D Graphics Mark: 1199.4
    PassMark Rating: 1135.3

    System information: This Computer
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Number of CPU: 1
    Cores per CPU: 4
    CPU Type: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    CPU Speed: 2167.0 MHz
    Cache size: 3072KB
    O/S: Windows Vista (32-bit)
    Total RAM: 2557.6 MB.
    Available RAM: 1644.7 MB.
    Video settings: 1440x900x32
    Video driver:
    DESCRIPTION: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    MANUFACTURER: NVIDIA
    BIOS: Version 62.92.64.0.72
    DATE: 6-10-2009
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 34.5 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4.0 KBytes
    File system: NTFS

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    ---TK---

    PassMark(TM) PerformanceTest 7.0 Evaluation Version (http://www.passmark.com)
    Results generated on: Saturday, July 25, 2009


    Benchmark Results

    Test Name: This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math: 1472.6
    CPU - Floating Point Math: 1924.9
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers: 829.6
    CPU - SSE: 9.2
    CPU - Compression: 5126.8
    CPU - Encryption: 14.6
    CPU - Physics: 204.4
    CPU - String Sorting: 2419.7
    Graphics 2D - Solid Vectors: 1.5
    Graphics 2D - Transparent Vectors: 1.5
    Graphics 2D - Complex Vectors: 88.9
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text: 143.5
    Graphics 2D - Windows Interface: 62.6
    Graphics 2D - Image Filters: 220.7
    2D Graphics - Image Rendering: 290.6
    Graphics 3D - Simple: 1357.0
    Graphics 3D - Medium: 537.1
    Graphics 3D - DirectX 10: 12.2
    Memory - Allocate Small Block: 3071.6
    Memory - Read Cached: 2047.9
    Memory - Read Uncached: 1896.1
    Memory - Write: 1726.9
    Memory - Large RAM: 1493.2
    Disk - Sequential Read: 49.6
    Disk - Sequential Write: 49.5
    Disk - Random Seek + RW: 3.7
    CD - Read: 6.0
    CPU Mark: 3821.6
    2D Graphics Mark: 279.3
    Memory Mark: 918.4
    Disk Mark: 371.7
    CD Mark: 738.4
    PassMark Rating: 1118.9

    System information: This Computer
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Number of CPU: 1
    Cores per CPU: 4
    CPU Type: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    CPU Speed: 2333.3 MHz
    Cache size: 3072KB
    O/S: Windows 7 (64-bit)
    Total RAM: 4094.5 MB.
    Available RAM: 2999.1 MB.
    Video settings: 1440x900x32
    Video driver:
    DESCRIPTION: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    MANUFACTURER: NVIDIA
    BIOS: Version 62.92.64.0.72
    DATE: 7-14-2009
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 34.5 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4.0 KBytes
    File system: NTFS

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    ---TK---

    PassMark(TM) PerformanceTest 7.0 Evaluation Version (http://www.passmark.com)
    Results generated on: Saturday, July 25, 2009


    Benchmark Results

    Test Name: This Computer
    CPU - Integer Math: 450.1
    CPU - Floating Point Math: 1726.2
    CPU - Find Prime Numbers: 955.0
    CPU - Multimedia Instructions: 10.2
    CPU - Compression: 5209.1
    CPU - Encryption: 14.7
    CPU - Physics: 206.3
    CPU - String Sorting: 2724.9
    Graphics 2D - Solid Vectors: 1.4
    Graphics 2D - Transparent Vectors: 1.4
    Graphics 2D - Complex Vectors: 87.4
    Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text: 110.0
    Graphics 2D - Windows Interface: 56.7
    Graphics 2D - Image Filters: 338.5
    2D Graphics - Image Rendering: 237.3
    Graphics 3D - Simple: 1322.9
    Graphics 3D - Medium: 524.7
    Graphics 3D - Complex: 53.2
    Graphics 3D - DirectX 10: 12.5
    Memory - Allocate Small Block: 2268.0
    Memory - Read Cached: 1807.4
    Memory - Read Uncached: 1692.1
    Memory - Write: 1645.6
    Memory - Large RAM: 695.8
    Disk - Sequential Read: 53.4
    Disk - Sequential Write: 47.8
    Disk - Random Seek + RW: 3.7
    CD - Read: 6.7
    CPU Mark: 3127.4
    2D Graphics Mark: 261.0
    Memory Mark: 643.2
    Disk Mark: 378.8
    CD Mark: 826.0
    3D Graphics Mark: 1041.6
    PassMark Rating: 1071.5

    System information: This Computer
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Number of CPU: 1
    Cores per CPU: 4
    CPU Type: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    CPU Speed: 1981.1 MHz
    Cache size: 3072KB
    O/S: Windows 7 (32-bit)
    Total RAM: 2558.5 MB.
    Available RAM: 1998.3 MB.
    Video settings: 1440x900x32
    Video driver:
    DESCRIPTION: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    MANUFACTURER: NVIDIA
    BIOS: Version 62.92.64.0.72
    DATE: 7-14-2009
    Drive Letter: C
    Total Disk Space: 34.5 GBytes
    Cluster Size: 4.0 KBytes
    File system: NTFS

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    Deadly Ernest

    Win 7 XP compatibility mode VM actually works with a couple of third party applications that are XP compatible.

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    DHCDBD

    W7 is still in beta. Uhh uhh. The RTM has been distributed. Build 7600.16385

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    ---TK---

    I changed it to the build I used.