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Windows XP SP3 Performance Boost further harms Vista's standings.

Gordon Kelly:
Bit of unabashed rumor spreading here, but with Vista being such a dog I've still got some fondness for XP...

Word is Windows XP Service Pack 3 is shaping up to be a lot more interesting than Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

Unlike Microsoft's latest and not-yet-greatest OS which will see a myriad of bug fixes and security holes patched with little visible benefit to the end user, Florida computer reseller Devil Mountain Systems is claiming SP3 will be a "must-have update" with up to a 10 per cent performance boost over SP2.

"Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release - unlike w/Vista SP1, Microsoft made no promises of improved performance for XP - the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus," said the company on its blog.

"Of course, none of this bodes well for Vista which is now more than 2x slower than the most current builds of its older sibling," it added. "Suffice to say that performance-minded users will likely choose to stick with the now even speedier Windows XP - at least until more "Windows 7" information becomes publicly available."

Now while I again stress caution/wait for Release Candidate builds, etc - DMS does have hands-on experience with SP3 and it is sounding a mighty good offering.

Is Microsoft actually stitching up Vista by making XP ever more appealing? Maybe, but then again it should have just built a better replacement OS in the first place...

DMS Blog Post> http://exo-blog.blogspot.com/2007/11/update-re-testing-vista-w2gb-ram-office.html

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The_Firestarter3650d ago

I knew it. MS said they weren't gonna make SP3 for XP, but look what happened. They just said that so people would migrate to Vista. Not me. I'll be sticking with XP. SP3 does give a noticeable performance boost. ^__^

Blasphemy3650d ago

I honestly don't notice a difference after downloading it.

Kakkoii3650d ago

Yeah, I guess it also depends on your computer setup.
And also if your one of many people who hadn't updated there Windows in a long time. Cause this SP3 includes older updates as well. So if you had pretty recent updates you wouldn't notice much difference. Or if you have a kick ass computer, there also won't be to noticeable of a difference XD.

TheIneffableBob3649d ago

I noticed a big difference in the frame rates for my games.

TheMART3650d ago (Edited 3650d ago )

Uhm isn't SP3 coming out Q1 2008?

What's out there now is beta or it has leaked I guess? People saying they're using it already sounds a bit strange...

Merovee3650d ago

Companies do that, and depending on the department in larger companies that may be at various times....... Man, I wish citizens got the same tax flexibility corporations get.

digger183650d ago

Well I downloaded Windows XP SP3 from Microsofts site last night and its not a beta :)

TheMART3650d ago

Can anyone link to SP3 download? Strangely overhere in Europe it doesn't show yet on the Microsoft website...

digger183650d ago (Edited 3650d ago )

Here you go

http://www.microsoft.com/do...

EDIT: oops this is still Beta, sorry your right about it being Beta

LJWooly3650d ago

So, there isn't a non-beta download? If there is, someone please link me to it :)

TheMART3650d ago

hah ok so afterall it's a Beta... Guess we'll have to wait to Q1 2008 for the final then

Kakkoii3650d ago

It's less of a beta and more of a Final Test.

The SP3 already went threw closed beta testing. This release is merely to allow a mass amount of people to try it. That way if there's anything they may have missed it will be found.

But it's pretty much a 99.99% Finished product. And you can update to the newer SP3 when it comes out.

I love the performance boost I got from this update. It's amazing.

The_Engineer3650d ago

that Vista is the biggest pile of dog poo to come along in a longgg time.

oh how the monopolizers fall....lol

pdskep3650d ago (Edited 3650d ago )

Is it? I have Vista and it runs beautifully. I can't really compare it to XP because I built a new rig and put Vista on in, but my comp now is very fast, responds instantly, boots up fast and for 6 months hasn't had one tiny little problem. As far as speed goes, I bet DOS runs much faster than XP in a lot of benchmarks. There's an overhead price to pay for all the pretty graphics. Just as long as you have capable hardware to run, I think Vista (from my experience) is the best first build OS MS has had.

Check out this link to see the issue is more complicated than XP is faster than Vista.
http://www.tomshardware.com...

TheMART3650d ago

Well make it a dualboot with XP besides Vista and check how they're both running.

I have checked it on a new laptop, Intel Duo Core T2250, with Vista pre installed and XP dualboot put on there myself. Vista is much, much slower then XP. And not only because of prettyer graphics. The installation of software takes so many steps and checks in Vista it is really annoying and everything takes so much time it's insane.

Vista is more foolproof, for older people that normally fack up things, it might be better. But for a user that wants the best running OS at this time, XP is the choice.

pdskep3650d ago (Edited 3650d ago )

The installation of software is one extra click. Not a big deal to me.

Vista takes a lot more resources to run well. My wife's laptop is much slower than my desktop eventhough she has a dual core too. The amount of RAM and the video card are important factors. Have you tried turning Aero off and see if the performance on your laptop is better? What's your Vista score? Mine's a 5.8. My wife's is a 2 because of the lack of a video card.

If I felt the need I might dual boot it, but I doubt it will happen. While I do some encoding of video I don't see it as worth the effort. Vista seems to do better with media files and connects to my 360 better anyway.

"Vista is more foolproof, for older people that normally fack up things, it might be better. But for a user that wants the best running OS at this time, XP is the choice"

That's not what Tom said from the link I gave.

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