Windows XP vs. Vista: The Benchmark Rundown
by Tom's Hardware is quite an interesting read:
...This article deals with basic application execution under Windows Vista Enterprise, which is representative of the other editions. We put together a high-end test system and performed a comprehensive benchmark session both with Windows XP Professional and with Windows Vista Enterprise to see if there are differences. And indeed, we found that there are some...
OpenGL is a thing of the past for WinVista!WinVista's new "superfetch" functionality appears to require some paper-training but >>
...Our everyday work with Vista became more pleasant as Vista learned about our preferred applications: Microsoft Office Outlook launched noticeably faster, and Skype launched almost instantly. This smoothness, however, doesn't mean that applications run faster. It simply means that they are available much more quickly by relocating frequently accessed files from the slow hard drive into the quicker main memory...
Their summary wrap-up indicates that the users will not see much performance improvements as the OS loads many more services while running >>
...Although application performance has had this drawback, the new Windows Vista performance features SuperFetch and ReadyDrive help to make Vista feel faster and smoother than Windows XP. Our next article will tell you how they work.
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