With the Vista Beta 2 now
open to the general public, lots of people are getting the change to kick
the tires around. A lot of people are going to be pleasantly surprised, while
others are in for a rude shock Im sure. One of the areas that are going to
surprise people is the amount of hardware necessary to get Windows Vista
running without being annoying.
To help judge how Windows Vista performs on a given machine, Vista
includes a Performance Rating Tool that gives a general number you can use to
assess a machines Vista capabilities. Steven Warren discussed
his results recently when trying out a test laptop with Vista.
When I installed the February CTP of Vista on the test
workstation in the TechRepublic Test Lab, I was extremely disappointed
in the results. With the release of Beta 2, there were some new video
drivers available that supported the nVidia Quadro card in the workstation, so
I thought Id check to see how the machine checked out now. Here are the results:
The test machine went from scoring a 2 to scoring a whopping
3. Whats really interesting is to compare how Vista USED to judge the machine
versus how it does now. Remember: The only change in the machine is that there
is now a supported video driver.
|February CTP||Beta 2|
Clearly Microsoft has fiddled with the algorithms or else
everything would score the same from one build to the next. Its still
surprising that many elements of the workstation would score high, but overall
the machine only scores a 3. Talk about grading on a curve.
Seeing as how the Performance Rating Tool can give an overall
high score of 5, its still scary to think what kind of machine youve got to
be running to actually score a 5. Well have to see what future betas hold to
see if the ratings change again.