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[Anandtech] A Second Shot: Windows Vista SP1 (A Comparison)

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At the end of the day then, we don’t have much of anything bad to say about SP1 outside of the “fix†for displaying the amount of installed memory on 32bit systems, so our recommendation is a straightforward one for Vista users to install SP1 once it becomes available to the public at large. It won’t knock most people’s socks off but the file and network performance improvements are long overdue and will be noticeable for practically every last user. Ultimately any user who has felt slighted by the poor copy performance of Vista will find relief in SP1, as will anyone whose pet-issue has specifically been fixed in Vista SP1. Anyone else who didn’t like Vista for other reasons will not be any more impressed by SP1 than they were by the original version; there are a few quirks that should have been resolved in SP1 that were not.

Compared to where we were a year ago, our general recommendation for Vista is unchanged. We are however impressed with the progress of the x64 versions of Vista over the past year after feeling like it had been lagging behind Vista x86 from beta up through the release version of Vista. Vista x64 is now clearly on a peer level with Vista x86 and we have no concerns about its compatibility or performance. There are still good reasons to stick with Vista x86 such as compatibility with specific applications or Vista x64’s higher memory usage due to WoW64, but these are the only reasons. A year ago we recommended using Vista x86 unless you specifically needed Vista x64, now we’re comfortable making the opposite recommendation and recommending Vista x64 unless you have a specific reason to stick with Vista x86.
Source: http://www.anandtech.com/systems/sho...spx?i=3233&p=7

The actual game tests are very interesting since it's real world usage (especially for us). Seems like overall there's improvements across the board. Crysis does slightly better, so that's always good. And startup times are reduced by a good bit.

Yay for vista!
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Everyone run! It's Vista! :O

Just kidding, lol. I found that SP 1 had no insane amount of improvements.
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Most of the speed boost are so small you could never tell. In some of the tests difference is less than a hole number, and a Hole 23 point boost in 3D Mark is very very little. thats a .2% boost in the 3D marks score. I was hoping for a lot more in the gaming area.
    
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I am thoroughly disappointed.
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