VISTA sp1 – Take 2 – YMMV….

What the heck does ymmv mean?  Depending on when you were born, you may or may not know the answer.  In our case, it refers to the common phrase – your mileage may vary.  Why do i bring this up?  My previous post about the speed comparison between VISTA sp1 and WinXp sp2 left you waiting for future developments. As it turns out, older hardware was used to get those results.  If you do take newer hardware and apply the same benchmarks (as Ed Bott of ZDNet did recently), VISTA does indeed outperform WinXP.

Here are the differences between the two testing scenarios:

  • Adrian chose a desktop system with a first-generation Intel dual-core processor, the 3.4 GHz Pentium 950D. I chose a Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook with an Intel T2050 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. (I bought this system in December 2006, a few weeks after Vista was released to business customers. It originally came with XP SP2 installed on it, and I upgraded the system to Vista almost immediately.)
  • I chose to use a dual-boot configuration, designing my tests carefully so that file copy operations with each OS were done between the same source and destination volumes to minimize the effects of disk geometry on performance. Adrian used separate hard drives for each OS and each file copy operation.
  • I used a wireless 802.11g network connection. Adrian used wired Gigabit Ethernet connections.
    Neither of us performed any special optimizations to either configuration except to ensure that drives were defragmented.

So what’s the bottom line?  YOu might want to have VISTA sp1 loaded on the next new machine you buy for your office and just test it out for yourself.  It sounds like the tipping point is closer than i imagined!


About Kevin
Hi… I am a husband, father, brother and neighbor. I am employed as a Civil Engineer and have enjoyed playing the drums for the last 30+ years.

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