Windows Vista "32-bit vs. 64-bit & RTM vs. SP1"

To augment the benchmarking of Vista 32-bit versus Vista 64-bit that I carried out the other day I decided to run a few additional benchmarks to see which platform really is the fastest. The results are quite interesting. The Test System If you read the previous benchmark post you know the system by now, but […]

To augment the benchmarking of Vista 32-bit versus Vista 64-bit that I carried out the other day I decided to run a few additional benchmarks to see which platform really is the fastest. The results are quite interesting.

The Test System

Vista: 32-bit vs. 64-bit & RTM vs. SP1If you read the previous benchmark post you know the system by now, but for completeness, here’s the spec of the system I used:

  • 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

Each system was fully patched with all patches available from Windows Update. 

Other noteworthy points:

  • The only driver installed was the graphics card driver - Catalyst 8.2.
  • No optimizations were carried out other than to process idle tasks and defrag the hard drive between each test. 
  • Windows Defender was left on for all tests. 
  • The Microsoft SP1 testing guidelines document was followed closely.

The Tests

This time we’re going to use two synthetic benchmark:

  • PCMark Vantage
  • CINEBENCH R10

Note:  With both of these benchmarks, the higher the number, the better the score.

On the 64-bit platform, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the benchmarks were run.

Each test was run four times and the lowest score from each run was discarded.  The remaining results were then averaged to produced a final score.

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Microsoft, Windows Vista, 32–bit, 64–bit, Vista RTM, Vista SP1, Comparission, Performance