Previously, Ive mentioned
how weve got a new workstation for the TechRepublic Test Lab that was initially
designed to be a Windows Vista monster, but in reality has turned out to be less
than impressive. Most of the problem can be attributed to the fact that Vista
is still in early beta and anytime you go outside of the mainstream ofcomputing, youre bound to be left behind while a product is still in beta.
I was reading Greg Shultzs article on the Windows System
Performance Rating in Windows Vista. This tool will give you an idea about how
your system performs. Just for kicks, I decided to run this on our testsystem. Heres how it turned out:
As you can see the workstation only managed to score a 2 on
overall system performance. The key is to get as high a number as you can. Themain limiting factor here was the video card an nVidia Quadro 3450.
This card is no slouch. Its a PCI-Express based card with
256Mb of on-board video. Its designed for high-end graphics including CAD/CAM,
video editing, and other intense graphic chores. The problem is probably that
there are no Vista LDDM drivers available for it yet. I was able to get some
Beta 1 drivers that were higher performance than what I dealt with before, butthey still wouldnt support Aero Glass or other Vista features.
Shockingly, the CPU, a 3.00Ghz Pentium D 64-bit processor only
managed to score a 3.6 for system performance. What it would take to get a 5 or
better is kind of scary to consider. Probably with the advent of dual-core
CPUs, its going to be necessary to use one to get any decent performance fromVista.
Finally, the Gaming Graphics category is interesting. Its
supposed to measure video memory and even though my card has 256Mb on board, it
shows up as being 0. This too is probably a beta driver issue. I find the name GamingGraphics to be telling however.
Greg set up a discussion
threadto talk about Windows Vista System Performance. If youre running Vista,
check your performance and chime in. If youre interested in whats in Vista,check it out.