I followed the same steps as TK did in his original post. I really wanted to see which is better. So, I set out on the absurd task of formatting my box just to install an O.S. and run tests. I only call it absurd because all of my settings take forever to get back in place.
You don’t have to worry, pc images are your friend. After creating a TESTED image, I then formatted my box. Once I had Vista back on my machine, I realized why I went for Win 7 even though it was still in BETA at the time.
I used the same benchmarking tool as did TK: Passmark Performance Test. Here are the results:Summary
It wasn’t even close as I expected. After all, I am running a x64 bit architecture vs. a x32 bit. To make things a bit more fair, I’m going to run through the whole process again but this time, I will include: XP SP3 x32 bit, Vista x64 bit, and Win 7 x32 bit. I know, I know, but what about XP x64 bit… I just wont go there.
If you clicked the links to view the results, you may have noticed exactly why Win 7 beat Vista here… If not, check the Passmark ratings for Total RAM. That should give you a clear reason why Win 7 x64 bit won. If you were wondering, I’ve linked a Belarc Report so you can view the hardware that I am using for these tests.