Great graphical looks, touch functionality, and
new UI options make the package even sweeter. However, no
matter how nice the ride looks, it's always good to look inside --
for example, the snazzy OS X Snow Leopard may look slick, but is
incapable of playing most games and will only run (officially) on Mac
hardware. With that in mind let's look at a recent
benchmark by CNET of the Windows 7 RTM
Interestingly, the results were mixed. Boot
times, despite dedicated tweaking from Microsoft were slightly worse
than in Vista SP2 or XP SP3 (by over a second). Shutdown times,
though, showed much improvement over the slow XP, and even some
improvement over Vista.
Since the 7100 build, Windows 7's performance in Microsoft Office and
iTunes has improved significantly. In the Office benchmark, though it still gets beat by both Vista and XP (the overall leader) and it manages to now tie with XP in iTunes (ahead of Vista). In a final Cinebench benchmark, Windows
7 performance improved between the 7100 and 7600 builds, moving it
ahead of Vista and just behind XP.
Gaming results should be
coming soon, which should provide more interesting analysis of the
new OS's true performance. In the meantime, though, the verdict
seems that despite mixed performance against XP and Vista, Windows 7
holds its own.
As the experience and feel are much
smoother than the previous two OS's, the standstill in performance,
normally a bad thing, probably will be sufficient for Windows 7 to
see great commercial success. Windows 7 completes Vista's
ascent into a OS X level of user interface polish, while holding its
ground in performance, something that has placed Windows ahead of
competitors Linux and OS X.