Windows Vista SP1 shows significant performance gains on some systems

Some systems onto which I’m installing Windows Vista SP1 are showing significant performance gains. One system in particular on which I’m seeing a significant  is the AMD Phenom system which I have in the lab. Here’s the spec of that system: Phenom 9700 quad-core processor ATi Radeon 3850 graphics card with 256MB RAM ASUS M3A32-MVP […]

Some systems onto which I’m installing Windows Vista SP1 are showing significant performance gains. One system in particular on which I’m seeing a significant  is the AMD Phenom system which I have in the lab.

Here’s the spec of that system:

  • Phenom 9700 quad-core processor
  • ATi Radeon 3850 graphics card with 256MB RAM
  • ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe motherboard
  • 2GB (2 x 1GB) Corsair Dominator CM2X1024-8500C5D RAM
  • Western Digital Raptor 10,000RPM 150GB primary hard drive
  • Western Digital Caviar 7,200RPM 500GB secondary hard drive

The other day I carried out some file transfer benchmarks on this system and then installed SP1 and benched it again and I noticed some significant improvements.  To carry out these benchmarks I used two set of files to transfer:

  • A single 644MB file
  • A folder contains numerous files and folders (3495 files / 30 folders) totaling 5.16GB

I carried out a number of tests, moving, compressing and extracting these files.  All these tasks were performed three times and the results averaged.  In all but one of the tests Vista SP1 showed gains over Vista RTM, and in some tests these improvements were so significant that I reloaded the system and carried out both tests again and go almost identical results. Here’s the data from these tests, first off in tabular format.

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