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Edited by Fenor, 03 February 2007 - 07:29 PM.
If you really need your PC to finish huge encoding, transcoding or rendering workloads within a defined time frame, yes, it is. Don't do it; stay with XP. But as long as you don't need to finish workloads in record time, we believe it makes sense to consider these three bullet points:
* Vista runs considerably more services and thus has to spend somewhat more resources on itself. Indexing, connectivity and usability don't come for free.
* There is a lot of CPU performance available today! We've got really fast dual core processors, and even faster quad cores will hit the market by the middle of the year. Even though you will lose application performance by upgrading to Vista, today's hardware is much faster than yesterday's, and tomorrow's processors will clearly leap even further ahead.
* No new Windows release has been able to offer more application performance than its predecessor.
Although application performance has had this drawback, the new Windows Vista performance features SuperFetch and ReadyDrive help to make Vista feel faster and smoother than Windows XP.
Edited by warriorscot, 04 February 2007 - 09:07 AM.
Look at when XP came out. EVERYTHING ran like garbage on it. It took a good six months to a year after it's release for proper drivers to come out. Have to give credit to MS though, because this time around drivers aren't nearly as hard to find as they were when XP first came out. I have installed a couple of games and they run perfectly on my system. The only driver that I couldn't find is for the gameport on my Audigy 2 sound card, but that is Creative's fault, because in the release notes for the Vista driver, they specifically stated that the drivers for the game port were not included in the driver package.
People who bash something when it hasn't even been out publicly for a month shouldn't be paid attention to. A pity too, since Tom's Hardware usually does some good reviews, but you can't judge something as large as a completely new Operating System in the first days of it's release...
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