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[ExtremeTech] Gaming Performance: Windows Vista SP1 vs. XP SP3

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Originally Posted by Joel Durham Jr. @ ExtremeTech
Even as Microsoft tries to shove Windows Vista down the collective and unwilling throat of computer users worldwide, the company is still perfecting the well-aged and well-loved Windows XP. The latter of the two operating systems just received its third (and evidently last) service pack.

The collection of fixes and improvements includes the vast majority of security and performance updates, patches, and other stuff released in the two plus years SP2 was released. It also includes a few new improvements. There's little in SP3 that the user will actually see; pretty much everything the service pack packs is background stuff.

Of course, with the release of a new service pack comes a huge, pressing question: How does it compare to Windows Vista and its own recent update, Service Pack 1, in the game performance department? Vista, of course, has been plagued by criticism that games run on it don't perform as well as they do in Windows XP, even though most of the problems were due to early graphics drivers and have gradually been worked out.

Come with us as we install XP SP3 and take it for a test drive, and more importantly compare it to Vista SP1 with a batch of performance tests. Though DirectX 10 is Vista-only, many a gamer has sworn not to upgrade; will XP SP3 cement their decision, or has Vista and its drivers matured enough to change a few minds? ...
Source: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2302495,00.asp

It would appear as though there is no longer any reason to avoid Vista as far as gaming is concerned.
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post #2 of 31
Games didn't run as well before due to immature drivers.

Now the drivers are fine, I don't have vista because I can't justify shelling out for it. Otherwise, I'd get it.
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I've been getting higher frames across the board in Vista 64bit for a few months now, i've completely removed XP and never intend to go back.
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Finally. Now people will believe me and stop 'upgrading to XP'....

Vista is newer. Newer is better. Plain and simple.
    
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post #5 of 31
does it ever say which version of vista is used? I looked and I couldn't see it. It would be nice to know if it is the 64-bit version... you would hope they would use the 'better' version, but one never knows.
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post #6 of 31
OT: I don't like the new ExtremeTech layout at all.
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post #7 of 31
i was JUST going to post this!

now i am thinking about going vista on my sig rig! I have vista on my work rig and both HTPC's... sad to see XP go
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post #8 of 31
Hmmm... time to reinstall games on my Vista drive...
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Oh this is going to make the anti-Vista fanatics cry.....
Something I find really lame is that everyone flamed MS for Vista's game performance when it first arrived, when the problem was the drivers I was saying it the whole time.....
Edited by binormalkilla - 5/12/08 at 10:02am
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Well-aged? Yes. Well-loved? Not really...

Vista wins.
    
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