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Vista Performs As Good As WinXP on Same Hardware?

June 21st, 2006

I read from digg that says that Vista performs as good as XP on same hardware. How true is it? It was proved by a test run by Daniel A. Begun from CNET.

We expected to see "beta bloat" hamper the overall performance of the Vista beta, but that was not the case. Vista and XP both ran our iTunes encoding test in the same amount of time. Even more surprising, Vista was actually almost 6 percent faster than XP on our Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test. The F.E.A.R. scores were close but not identical. The takeaway from the F.E.A.R. scores, however, is that at least for this one game, DirectX 10 is not only stable, but the current DX 10 beta version is showing comparable performance to DX 9.

After reading that article, I don't think the same way. Well, look at the hardware settings:

We loaded Windows Vista beta 2 (build 5384) and Windows XP Professional SP2 on a 3.2GHz Pentium 4, with 1GB of DDR2 memory running at 664MHz and an ATI Radeon X850 XT graphics card.

How about 800MHz Pentium III, with 512MB of SD-RAMs and Riva TNT2 AGP? I'm sure Windows XP can run very smoothly on such settings, but Windows Vista will not fit into such a machine.

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4 Responses


Quadszilla says:

Why would you put a brand new operating system on a 5 year old machine?


EngLee says:

Maybe because I can’t afford it? How about a 2 years old system with a typical Pentium 4, a typical AGP and 512MB DDR? Or a new budget Dell system?

I bet you will see significant performance problem in Vista if to be compared to XP. :)


gbyeow says:

Installing on a lower speced machine, XP is bound to run better. And there’ll also be a lot of compatibility issues for existing software. More or less like when XP launched and some existing software refused to run on it. Soon, you’ll see the ‘Vista compatible’ logo popping up all over the place on both software and hardware.

While Vista runs perfectly fine on a brand new machine that is ‘Vista compatible’, there’s still alot of old machines out there. That said, you can still always run Vista without the advanced features on the older machines. We’ll just wait and see what happens. For all we know, they’ll delay Vista to the year 2048.


Simon says:

I have seen lots of end-user enterprise PCs out there and man, they are legacy stuff. With limited RAM and processor speed, running XP with the Classic theme would be the best thing that would ever happen to them. It would be a sad day when Redmond announces the End-Of-Lifecycle-ing of XP. For performance reasons, these PCs are not running XP, but ’98. Sad. I would like to see them running Linux with a minimalistic window manager, such as fvwm. End-user support is an issue with Linux though :)