One user over at the Futuremark forum decided to do an unofficial speed comparison of Vista SP1 vs. XP SP2, and in the end he was pleasantly surprised by Vista’s performance. Here’s a rundown on some of the results:
- File extraction (extracting 3.9GB RAR with WinRAR)
- Vista: 2min 16sec
- XP: 2min 22sec
- Program load times
Photoshop CS3: 2 secs
OpenOffice: 1.5 secs
Crysis: 26 secs
Photoshop CS3: 8.5 secs
OpenOffice: 6.5 secs
Crysis: 33 secs
- Crysis GPU-test (1280×1024)
- Vista (“High”, DX10, 64-bit): 35fps
- Vista (“High”, DX9, 64-bit): 37fps
- Vista (“High”, DX10, 32-bit): 35fps
- Vista (“High”, DX9, 32-bit): 36fps
- XP (“High”): 39fps
He did more tests, but I summed up the most important ones. Generally Vista took home the crown, except in the gaming arena. When it came to computer games, such as Crysis, Vista was no match for what XP had to offer.
He concluded his results with a chart of what a difference having SuperFetch enabled in Vista makes. As many of you know Vista uses a new technology called SuperFetch to store your most used programs and data into memory when your computer starts up. I’ve had several people ask how they can disable the feature, but maybe these startup times (in seconds) will make you think otherwise:
–Facts from Microsoft–
Bill Gates announced back in January that there are over 100 million copies of Vista on computers that are being used around the world, and that’s a pretty big milestone for the young operating system. Over the last year Microsoft has been able to collect some significant stats in hopes of persuading more users to make the upgrade to Vista, many of which were collected from participants of the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program. Here’s an overview of their findings:
- Majority of Windows Vista-based PCs boot in less than a minute.
- Majority of all Windows Vista-based PCs resume from sleep in less than 6 seconds.
- Windows ReadyBoost is a terrific new innovation in Windows Vista that lets you speed up your system in seconds, and PCs running Windows Vista that are equipped with 512 MB memory experience a performance boost of up to 40 percent.
- Windows Vista users generally experience 20 percent fewer application “hangs” than those running Windows XP.
- Based on their first 180 days of availability, Windows Vista has been shown to have fewer vulnerabilities than Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4.
- Windows Vista security has improved so much that PCs running it are 60 percent less likely to be infected with viruses, worms, and rootkits than PCs running Windows XP SP2.
- And Windows Vista-based PCs are over 90 percent less likely to be infected than systems running Windows XP without a Service Pack.
- Windows Vista-based PCs are almost three times less likely to be infected with potentially unwanted software than Windows XP-based PCs because of Vista shipping with Windows Defender.
- Internet Explorer 7 is now blocking nearly 1 million attempts to access these fake sites per week. New phishing attacks are more than 25 times as common as new viruses. That’s right, over 20,000 of these fake websites are created every month.
Out of all those stats I would have to say that the most impressive is the one about phishing protection in Internet Explorer 7. I would have never guessed that it protects a million attempts to access phishing sites every week, and I’m glad that I’ve upgraded all of the “computer illiterate” people I know to that version. Because they are likely the ones who would fall for the scams.