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News Windows XP SP3 brings performance boost

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  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    sgr55 New Member

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    Good news all round :)

    I wonder if the improvement will actually help any enthusiasts that (like me) tweak the hell out of windows. Either way, Another service pack is good news, especially considering that autopatcher is now gone. Saves downloading an insane amount of updates every time one accidentally nails a partition.
     
  3. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    will XP SP3 have the rumoured Dx9L support (aka Dx10 for XP) ??

    if there's Dx10 support for XP, and i can get a nice performance boost with it, i'd re-install XP as soon as SP3 comes out, then re-play Crysis :) (and sacrifice the full 4GB)

    BUT,
    1GB RAM?!? come on! Vista needs at LEAST 2GB to be used smoothly. that's why Vista's scores are crap.
     
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  4. Icy EyeG

    Icy EyeG Controlled by Eyebrow Powers™

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    That's not true: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectX

     
  5. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    ... And why you just made a fool out of yourself...
     
  6. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    Vista works fine on 1GB tbh. I just wish it was a lot faster- it's annoying using the XP systems in the labs and realising how much smoother they are than my 2GB Vista laptop- although I expect a lot of my problems are related to running a 22" monitor off some cruddy on-board GPU. Even then though, I'd expect my laptop to handle it slightly better. Hopefully Vista SP1 will remedy the occasional lag I get.

    <A88>
     
  7. Bauul

    Bauul Sir Bongaminge

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    To be fair, XP had more than it's fair share of problems when it was released. I remember being distinctly anti-XP, because nothing worked for it, and besides, Windows 98 worked just fine. Eventually though, I changed, and kind of wished I had done earlier. I know it'll be exactly the same for Vista, and for that reason I'm actually toying with the idea of installing it soon. Before I do though, I'd make sure I got to at least 3 Gigs of ram (4's optimum, or so I hear), picked up a 8xxx nVidia card and finally make the jump to Dual Core, but not before, it just wouldn't be worth it.
     
  8. leexgx

    leexgx CPC hang out zone (i Fix pcs i do )

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    the requirements for vista are far more of an jump then it was from going from win2000 to XP

    XP is still useable on 256mb/512mb ram With anti virus installed
    Vista is just about useable with 512mb (or should it be 448 onborad video card taking 64mb) put an anti-virus on it and it turns into an type writer (hdd under constant use) even with 1gb ram you can run out of ram, for home office use 2gb ram should be used and an dual core CPU to at least Hide the cpu useage that the OS is useing

    gameing xp needs no more then 2gb ram and all games norm work with no fuss (apart from *** cd protection)
    Vista 1gb ram games will be choppy as well the OS will be slugish after you exit an game due to vista trying to reload up stuff that was unloaded even with 2gb ram games can still stutter, gamers that use High Q video settings on vista should aim for 3-4gb ram and use vista 64 (works for me)

    but id recommend XP x64 as there are more drivers for it now due to vista been 32 and 64bit at the same time, XP 64 seems nice and smooth all of my games work on it and it has less service packs (but thay are big thought) and is an little more secure

    its nice that thay be bringing out SP3
     
  9. Breach

    Breach Modding in Exile

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    That is good news, and a quiet admission of failure on MS's part if I ever heard one. I think Vista is the new Windows ME...started out pretty bold until they cut virtually everything out that was supposed to make Vista cool in the end. All that is left is a pretty interface and resource hog with minor security improvements (if you call UAC an improvement :eyebrow:)

    Ill be with XP for a while as will many, good to know it will be supported for a good long while.
     
  10. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    how so?
    leexgx also agreed with me that Vista needs 2GB RAM.

    yeah. im more of a person always with new stuff. but Vista has already been very long in the tooth. all game i can thing of can be played on it. why is people still holding off? it's not like it's really bad, it's very fast, and manages resources much better than XP. i'd like to see XP 64bit try to manage 4GB RAM and a quad core effectively.
     
  11. Glider

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    And <A88> agreed with me that it isn't true, which is itsn't. I know plenty of PC's running Vista on 512MB RAM without any problems. If you want to have biased opinions, fine, but don't spread them around.

    EDIT: but don't believe me... Believe the ones who created the OS:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/systemrequirements.mspx

    For Home basic
    * 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    * 512 MB of system memory
    * 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
    * Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
    * DVD-ROM drive
    * Audio Output
    * Internet access (fees may apply)

    For everything except Home basic
    * 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    * 1 GB of system memory
    * 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
    * Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
    o WDDM Driver
    o 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    o Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    o 32 bits per pixel
    * DVD-ROM drive
    * Audio Output
    * Internet access (fees may apply)
     
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    Ahh, this is great news for avid WinXP fans. I can't wait to get my hands on SP3 and slipstream it to a new install disc! For those wondering what I'm going on about, have a quick look at the nlite website. :clap:
     
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    The fact that vista needs 2gb ram is alone the evidence that it's slower. It should require less, given that you turn off the shiny useless stuff, but no! How can they even sell laptops with Vista installed?
     
  15. bloodcar

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    I have 1GB of RAM on my laptop with Vista and it runs just fine with all the bells and whistles on. I don't know what the hell some of you are on about Vista and RAM. Besides, it doesn't matter if you have 512MB or 4GB installed, Vista is going to use as much of it as it possibly can. When another application calls for memory usage, Vista gladly gives it up.

    I love Vista and could never imagine switching back to XP. It'd be like going from XP back to 98. Piss on that.
     
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    Well just checking the taskmanager, the laptop is currently using 1.1Gb in VHP32. I'm sure there are plenty of extra services in there that could be trimmed out, but from my expereince with a few vista boxes, memory really does help. On the older laptop (Cel-M 1.5) going from 768Mb to 1.5GB made a dramatic difference. So given current prices I would have to advise a min of 2gb unless the machine has a specific limited purpose.

    AS for the whole Vista depate, I really have to say that having lived with it for near a year, I wouldn't want to go back. It's simply a more modern fully featured OS. Sure if you have a machine for games and you dont' need DX10 then it makes sense to stick with an XP box, and I have kept XP on that rig as the only game I played (X3) was a DX9 game.

    Maybe it's not such a huge advance as 98 to XP, but the great advantage there was getting to ditch the god-awful FAT for NTFS. I chose to go to 2k when it came out and loved that over 98, and skpped (the frankly ridiculous) ME. However there are a lot of subtle changes that make Vista a better OS with all sorts of great stuff scattered around the OS.

    You could argue that MS were a bit 'brave' in building an OS that required more computing power to do it's business, but looking forward with ever increasing computing power, it's fair enough to decide to use some of that for the OS user experience. Lets face it that if your a power user that want's a lightweight stripped-down OS then Linus is calling, but for general use, with modern hardware, Vista is the way forward. Certainly I'd be happier building a Vista machine for a relative, rather than supporting XP issues going forward.
     
  17. completemadness

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    What is this graph showing

    If the height of the bars represented performance, vista should be ahead, but it just has a scale on the left with numbers (0-100) which makes me think of a percentage .... :confused:
     
  18. cjmUK

    cjmUK Old git.

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    Of course Vista will run fine with 512MB, just as XP ran under 128MB - you just wouldn't get much else out of the machine. A standard Vista install (default options) uses more than 512MB of RAM therefore, under said conditions, it would be swapping out to disk all the time which means it would run like a dog - but it *would* run fine. Hence 1GB is the stated recommended RAM.

    Popular opinion differs from this however; there is a significant boost from using 1.5GB or greater for general office use and 2GB for gaming.

    Ah... this is an interesting... Just remind me who 'our resident Linux guru' is...?

    You wouldnt be grinding an axe would you?



    On the whole, this whole Vista performance amuses/bemuses me. Half the moaners weren't around when XP was launched (or Win2K, Win95, Win3.1 etc) and the other half simply can't remember it. Vista runs like a dog on more modest hardware that XP runs fine on. This is to be expected.

    XP ran like a dog when it came out in 2001 and everyone complained about it then. Likewise, Win2k was too demanding, WinME genuinely seemed like a step backwards and people thought twice about upgrading to Win98 because of the jump in power required. Windows 7 will be even more demanding as will 8, 9 & 10.

    When XP was launched it was buggy, had poor driver support, was insecure and unstable. Vista is the least buggy version I've seen yet, it had great driver support (in that it had drivers for almost everything - even if the manufacturers supplied poor drivers - Yes, you...Creative, Nvidia et al), it is much more secure out of the box and is more stable (device drivers notwithstanding) than a 6 year old XP. It's about fecking time too, it must be said.

    Vista isn't perfect. I think UAC was a great idea but an awful implementation. I think some of the control panel stuff has been dumbed down - you really need to dig deep for some settings. I think it is still too expensive too.

    But it looks great, is a pleasure to use and has great feature built in.

    The bottom line is that the majority of the moaners who are actually still using XP will be on Vista before too long, and will in the same adversarial position when the next version of Windows is launched.

    I do have some respect for those who simply refuse to use a product until SP1 comes out - a perfectly rational and sensible stance, especially in business.
     
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  19. Woodstock

    Woodstock So Say We All

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    its just under the graph
     
  20. completemadness

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    Ah, thanks :)

    It would help if i looked at the source :p
     
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