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Windows 7 Shown To Be Extremely Fast

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 08:56PM

While benchmarks have not yet been run against Vista and XP with Windows 7, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet did attempt to find out how it ran in some real-world tests. His research showed that the new beta of Microsoft’s operating system beat out both Windows Vista and Windows XP in multiple speed tests, while only failing at a select few. These tests include boot up time, shut down time, file maneuvers, installations, and other tasks. The test systems include a AMD Phenom 9700 setup with ATI graphics, and a Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 with an NVIDIA graphics chipset. While these results could be both proven and disproven in a various amount of situations, it is interesting to see how much focus the operating system team is having on performance.

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BillyBuerger on January 4, 2009 09:04AM
I've played around a little bit with the beta myself. The big thing I noticed is that it was using less than 300MB of memory after initial boot. It was just over 300MB after doing a couple things. That seems pretty good compared to Vista. Although I haven't done a clean Vista install in a while. I want to say I had to do a bit of tweaking to even get it under 400MB. Big issue I had of course was drivers. I'm running it with a Celeron M 1.4GHz CPU on a DFI 915GM motherboard with 768MB memory. The onboard Intel graphics don't even have a vista driver so I'm stuck with the default driver which can't do widescreen.
Comp Dude2 on January 4, 2009 09:54AM
Awesome, looking forward to it.
Waco on January 4, 2009 05:49PM
Looks promising...but they didn't list number for anything. Being "first" by a couple milliseconds doesn't really mean much...
ClayMeow on January 4, 2009 07:18PM
As a beta, it's probably missing a lot of stuff it'll have when it goes gold, which could definitely affect times.
d3bruts1d on January 6, 2009 04:22AM
And no software installed.
Comp Dude2 on January 7, 2009 08:08AM
Well i'd assume they made sure the Vista and XP installs were brand new as well but as clay says, other features might take the edge off. But tbh, the pre-loading idea of vista was great because it made the OS 'feel' faster, which imo is more important than being able to push 1Gb across to another hdd a few seconds faster.

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