My benchmarking marathon last week seemed to generate more questions and requests for further benchmarking. A popular request from you, Constant Reader, was to see Windows Vista 32-bit benchmarked against Windows Vista 64-bit.
The Test System
To carry out this run of benchmarks I chose a base system that represents the sort of system that someone might want to have 4GB or more of RAM installed and therefore want to go the 64-bit route. I’m certain that my choice of system will generate a lot of feedback relating to its suitability.
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 following OS combinations were tested:
- Vista 32-bit RTM
- Vista 32-bit SP1
- Vista 64-bit RTM
- Vista 64-bit SP1
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.
Microsoft, Windows Vista, 32–bit, 64–bit, Benchmark, Benchmarking