Windows 7 Beta Faster Than Vista, XP
In a completely unofficial, although somewhat well organised test, ZDNet have discovered that the Windows 7 beta appears to be faster than a fresh intsall of Vista and even XP running on the same hardware. The test consisted of 23 “real world” tasks including booting up, big network transfers, installing Office, moving huge volumes of files, and opening large documents. For fairness, they compared the 32-bit editions of each OS as there is no 64-bit version of 7 available yet.
The test machines were as follows:
- An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
- An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM
Surprisingly, Windows 7 won in 21 of the 23 tests, and came 2nd in the other two (on both machines). Of the runners-up, XP was quicker on the lower-specced machine and Vista was quicker on the better-specced machine, as is to be expected.
The simple scoring system consisted of a score of 1 for being the fastest, 2 for second fastest, and 3 for slowest. The scores are as follows for the AMD machine (obviously lower is better):
- Windows XP: 61
- Windows Vista: 52
- Windows 7: 25
And for the Intel machine:
- Windows XP: 56
- Windows Vista: 57
- Windows 7: 25
Of course, there’s always the argument that 7 will get slower as Microsoft add more features, but there’s also a very good counterargument that the code will get more efficient as they optimise it. We’ll have to wait and see until 7 is released, but these early signs are very promising indeed, especially for anyone who had bad experiences with the Vista betas… Myself included.