Windows Vista Benchmarks



Unless you've had your head in the sand you've heard (or seen) that Vista is slower than XP. I thought I would run a few benchmarks too see just how much slower it is.

As you'll see from the results below, Vista stripped down with no apps installed can't come close to the speed of an XP machine with a full compliment of apps (except the ZA Firewall was disabled). To make it even more significant, the drives that XP is installed on shares space with Suse 10.2. It has 5 partitions on the OS drives vs. 1 for Vista.


My Conclusion (no big shocker here)

Vista is slower there is no doubt. If you add in the outrageous cost and the annoyance factor there is only one conclusion for me.

As it stands right now, Vista is a pig.

A pig with lipstick and a wig, but a pig nonetheless.


I'll let you look at the benchmarks and decide for yourself. Then gimmie a shout and tell me what you think about Vista. ( )



A few notes:


The OS's

 - Vista Default is just that, a default install fully updated.

 - Vista Tweaked is the above + the tweaks listed here. No UAC, No Defender, etc.

    The overall scores improved but this area (tweaking) still needs work.

 - XP Tweaked is my machine just as I run it with all the apps.


The Machine


Asus P4C800-E Deluxe


3.4GHz Northwood



Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PT


ATI Radeon x1600

Hauppage TV card


Audigy 2 ZS Plat.


Onboard Intel Pro 1000

Hard Drives

1st setup - 2 x 74GB Raptor (raid 0)

I dual boot XP and SuSE from the above.


2nd setup - Vista, 2 x 74GB Raptor (raid 0)


2-120GB WD JB's(raid 0)

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB

Other Drives

LG DVD burner



XP Pro

SuSE 10.2


2 - Vantec MRK-200ST-BK (for swapping the drives)

MX1000 mouse

USB 10-1 Card reader

Samsung SyncMaster 930b monitor



PCMark2005 Benchmarks

Rant about PCMark...

I haven't run PCMark in quite some time. The newest version of PCMark requires you to run the "new style" start menu and setting appearance adjustments to "best appearance". IMHO this clearly interferes with the tweaks in that the scores for both Vista Tweaked and XP Tweaked would/should be higher if this was not so. That really pis, ahem, ticks me off.


PCMark2005 Benchmarks

Main Test Results


Vista Default


Vista Tweaked


XP Tweaked

System Test Suite

3748 PCMarks

% difference - 3.39

3875 PCMarks

% difference - 7.12

4151 PCMarks

Detailed Test Results

System Test Suite

HDD - XP Startup

Vista Default

Vista Tweaked

XP Tweaked

15.98 MB/s

16.0 MB/s

16.58 MB/s

Physics and 3D

95.11 FPS

96.37 FPS

127.43 FPS

Transparent Windows

1086.46 Windows/s

1429.94 Windows/s

405.19 Windows/s

3D - Pixel Shader

84.53 FPS

85.11 FPS

89.18 FPS

Web Page Rendering

1.32 Pages/s

1.22 Pages/s

2.15 Pages/s

File Decryption

58.04 MB/s

61.08 MB/s

66.25 MB/s

Graphics Memory - 64 Lines

450.21 FPS

453.59 FPS

1046.78 FPS

HDD - General Usage

11.15 MB/s

10.82 MB/s

11.55 MB/s

Multithreaded Test 1 / Audio Compression

1287.87 KB/s

1317.17 KB/s

1401.0 KB/s

Multithreaded Test 1 / Video Encoding

200.41 KB/s

203.49 KB/s

202.35 KB/s

Multithreaded Test 2 / Text Edit

54.22 Pages/s

55.74 Pages/s

67.68 Pages/s

Multithreaded Test 2 / Image Decompression

15.38 MPixels/s

15.02 MPixels/s

15.49 MPixels/s

Multithreaded Test 3 / File Compression

2.94 MB/s

3.23 MB/s

3.14 MB/s

Multithreaded Test 3 / File Encryption

14.59 MB/s

17.74 MB/s

18.36 MB/s

Multithreaded Test 3 / HDD - Virus Scan

38.84 MB/s

37.91 MB/s

39.1 MB/s

Multithreaded Test 3 / Memory Latency - Random 16 MB

7.32 MAccesses/s

7.16 MAccesses/s

8.19 MAccesses/s




Sandra Lite Benchmarks


selected Sandra Lite benchmarks


Vista Default

Vista Tweaked

XP Tweaked

File Systems

Drive Index (higher is better)

123 MB/s

132 MB/s

134 MB/s

Random Access Time (lower is better)

11 ms

6 ms

6 ms

Cache & Memory

Combined Index (higher is better)

7151 MB/s

7302 MB/s

7502 MB/s

Speed Factor (lower is better)




Percentage Difference (in order top to bottom)













A View From Task Manager / Performance

Vista Default Task Manager XP Tweaked Task Manager


XP Tweaked installed applications  
Program   Version  
7-Zip 4.42     
Acronis Disk Director Suite   10.0.2117  
Acronis True Image Home   10.0.4871  
Adobe Help Center 2.1   2.1  
Adobe Photoshop 7.0   7.0  
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0   5.0  
Adobe Reader 8   8.0.0  
Adobe Shockwave Player  
Anapod CopyGear (remove only)     
Anapod Explorer (remove only)     
ATI - Software Uninstall Utility  
ATI Catalyst Control Center   1.2.2545.38916  
ATI Display Driver   8.33-061220m-040997C-ATI  
Audio Conversion Wizard 1.8   1.8  
AutoUpdate   1.1  
AVG 7.5    
Calculator Powertoy for Windows XP  1.00.0001  
CCleaner (remove only)     
CleanCache 3.5     
CmdHere Powertoy For Windows XP  1.00.0001  
Cool Edit 2000     
Creative Audio Console     
dBpoweramp [Calculate Audio CRC] Codec    
dBpoweramp FLAC Codec     
dBpoweramp Monkeys Audio Codec    
dBpoweramp Mp2 and BwfMp2 codec    
dBpoweramp mp3 (Fraunhofer IIS) Codec    
dBpoweramp Music Converter     
dBpoweramp Ogg Vorbis Codec     
dBpoweramp WavPack Codec     
dBpoweramp Windows Media Audio 10 Codec    
DH Driver Cleaner Professional Edition  Version 1.5  
DivX  6.0  
Download Accelerator Plus (DAP)  8138 (Build 214)  
EVEREST Ultimate Edition v3.50  3.50  
Ext2Fsd 0.31a   0.31  
Hauppauge WinTV2000     
HoverIP v1.0 beta   1.0 beta  
Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP  1.00.0001  
Intel Matrix Storage Manager     
Intel(R) PRO Network Connections    
IrfanView (remove only)     
IsoBuster 1.9.1   1.9.1  
iTunes Library Updater   1.2.2  
IZArc 3.6   3.6  
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 10  
jv16 PowerTools 2006     
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1   1.1.4322  
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0   2.0.50727  
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0   3.0.04506.30  
Microsoft Calculator Plus   1.0.0  
Microsoft Network Monitor 3.0  
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007  12.0.4518.1014  
Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003  11.0.7969.0 - Office 2003 SP2  
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007  12.0.4518.1014  
Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup  
Microsoft Photo Info   1.0  
Microsoft Tool Web Package:WntIpcfg.exe  
Mozilla Firefox ( (en-US)  
Mozilla Thunderbird (1.5)   1.5 (en-US)  
Mp3/Tag Studio 3.5 (beta 16)   3.50.16  
Nero 7 Ultra Edition   7.02.4712  
NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder   1.00.0000  
PerfectDisk   8.00.048  
PrintFolders 2.21   2.21  
ReNamer   4.21  
Roxio Content 9   9.0.021  
Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 Suite  9.0.088  
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS     
SyncToy   1.4  
Tweak UI     
WebFldrs XP   9.50.7523  
Winamp (remove only)     
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)  1.5.0530.0  
Windows Imaging Component  
Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803)  3.1  
Windows Internet Explorer 7   20061027.150806  
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series  9.00.2980  
Windows Media Format 11 runtime    
Windows Media Player 11     
Windows Media Player 11     
WinPoker 6     
XQDC X-Setup Pro 8.1.110   8.1.110  
ZoneAlarm Pro   7.0.302.000  
Zune Desktop Theme   1.0.5341.0  



Software I Use


I use True Image 2011 for all my OS backups and Disk Director 11.0 for all my partitioning requirements.

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