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So Service Pack 3 for Windows XP has come and gone with not much really said about it, sure there was plenty of talk before it came out but you don't hear much after the fact. Of course I installed it I was curious as to what if any differences there were between them, from what I can recall Microsoft said that the Service Pack didn't include any performance enhancements or anything like that to the core of the OS, and honestly if doesn't feel much different to me. It does actually 'feel' a bit slower though to do things, like load thumbnails for instances, I've got tons or pictures on my computer and they just seem to load much slower now, also I noticed when I click 'My Computer', click a drive to open it or pop in a USB drive it seems slower there as well to react, maybe it's me as I haven't really heard anyone else mention it.

So for my own purposes I decided to run a bunch of tests to see if there was any real differences, after all Benchmark and testing software is designed to pick up very small imperceptible differences in things that we normally wouldn't notice. We wouldn't notice a few nanoseconds or milliseconds most likely but the software will as that's what it's for, to measure things like that. So I ran SiSoft Sandra, Cinebench, 3dmark06, SuperPi Mod 1.5 and TmpgeNC before and after the upgrade to SP3, I decided instead of just keeping it all to myself, why not share the results, and well there is a difference between SP2 and SP3 and it's a mixed bag of results really, in some cases SP2 is better and in others SP3 is, but there is obviously something going on, something changed and I'm not sure if it was for the better...

So continue on to see the results...
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To me I really dont see much a change between SP2 to SP3.
 
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post #3 of 24
Maybe if they bloat up XP people will switch to Vista? Seems like a winning strategy to me.
post #4 of 24
With it being the finite difference of only 1FPS, it's a toss up as to whether or not to go to SP3 or stay with SP2. I'm sure there's more to it than that, considering some of the bloatware M$ considers "an update".
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One point, not one FPS.

There is a margin of change with these programs if you run them more than once. I'd say that this doesn't prove anything, one way or the other. It's just too close.
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post #6 of 24
so i see no differ....u guys think its worth updating to it?
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post #7 of 24
SP3 was NOT meant to get more frames. It was made to cover security holes and such.
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post #8 of 24
ehh...i guess ill just update for the hell of it... keep up
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post #9 of 24
I tried out sp3 and it seemed like the GUI was snappier but also buggy. I had a few applications crash a lot for no apparent reason. I removed sp3 and everything was back to normal. This was before it was officially released. It's officially released now right?
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post #10 of 24
I call fakesies.
Even if I dont change a thing and run 3dmark over different times the score differs much more then 1 fps.
Shenanigans I tell you!
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