The following posting is taken from our thePhotoFinishes.com blog verbatim. The performance results for Windows 7 versus Windows XP are of interest.
Well we spent most of the weekend trying to figure out our benchmarks results – would Windows 7 be able to beat Windows XP in raw speed and performance? Here is that tale of the table:
|Speed Comparison: Windows 7 versus Windows XP|
|Test||Windows 7||Windows XP|
|Copy 800MB file from USB||29sec||27sec|
|Copy 800MB file to USB||59sec||52sec|
|Copy 800MB file to file||25sec||28sec|
|Copy 430MB directory USB to drive||31sec||68sec|
|Create 120,000 line .sql file using PHP||6sec||12 sec|
|Insert 120,000 records into MySQL Table SQL||46 min 05sec||140sec|
|Select 120,000 records with filterand group by||<1 sec||< 1 sec|
|Insert 60,000 records into MySQL Supplier Table||24min 11sec||68sec|
|Insert 60,000 records into MySQL Supplier Table SQL||275sec||16sec|
|Insert 60,000 records into MySQL Supplier Table PHP||291sec||18sec|
|Left Join between Product and Supplier Tables||<1 sec||<1 sec|
|Premiere Elements Boot up||29 sec||25sec|
|Premiere Elements Analyze Scene||200 sec||190sec|
|Premiere Elements write FLV 10min clip 640 x 480||630sec||428sec|
|Photoshop CS3 First Boot up||14sec||12sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Smart Blur 14MPixel image||16sec||12sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Finishing Impressionist 14MPixel image||9sec||6sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Finishing Filter Gallery 14MPixel image||15sec||9sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Finishing \impressionist 24MPixel image||31sec||25sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Crop, Resize, Shape, Color Correct||<1 sec||<1 sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Brighteness, Exposure, Sharpen||<1 sec||<1 sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Topaz Smart Sharpen 26MPixel image||20sec||18sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Reshape 26MPixel image||160sec||154sec|
|Photoshop CS3-Texture Finishing 26MPixel image||44sec||36sec|
Green shows the faster performer and red marks where the speed of a system is 2 or more times slower than the other. Two things are obvious from these benchmarks. Windows XP on a 2.26GHz Dual Core PC with 3GB of RAM plus a 250GB hard drive consistently outperforms Windows 7 on 2.10GHz Dual Core PC with 4GB of RAM plus a 500GB SATA hard drive.
Well of course Windows XP does, it has a faster CPU. Well, not exactly.
I looked up the Passmark ratings of the two CPUs and the Windows XP Dual Core is rated at 1046 while the Windows 7 is rated at 1251. So theoretically, such a slight performance advantages of Windows XP remains an anomaly. But what is of real concern is the very poor performance of Windows 7 doing Web development tasks. PHP and MySQL ran significantly slower in Windows 7 using an XAMP . So I had to drag out PHPed and Xdebug to profile and debug the problems. To date I do not have any solutions or insights.
Summary of Benchmarks
On one hand Windows 7 on a Gateway with a 17.3 inch screen at $650 Canadian [before taxes] is a pleasure to work with. Users will have plenty of room to work in. And the new Windows 7 taskbar makes moving among apps a lot easier. The system had close to XP-like Boot up, Shutdown and Start-up or Hibernate restore times. And copy operations [ notably faster than XP] and open file popups are not painfully slow like in Vista. Also I have yet to run into the annoying Vista roller-coaster performance lags [bright and peppy for 20 minutes then slow as molasses in January for the next 25, then back to …..]. But I have to admit, it is galling to have to endure a 5-20% performance hit in photo and video editing when the new Windows 7 machine should be delivering the very opposite in performance.