Windows XP SP3 brings performance boost

Written by Phil Cogar

November 27, 2007 // 12:22 p.m.

Tags: #microsoft #service-pack #sp1 #sp3 #vista #windows #xp

Users waiting on a service pack to address performance issues in Vista may just have one more reason to clutch their precious copies of XP - SP3 may bring you a performance increase.

The fine folks over at the exo.performance.network (xpnet) have managed to get a copy of the final service pack for the aging OS and ran a bench test on it. The team used a Dell XPS M1710 with a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, and a nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS video card to do the testing on and used OfficeBench as the testing program.

Once all tests were complete, the results were shocking - SP3 provided a 10 percent performance increase.

The contents of SP3 were already revealed by Microsoft before release. New features being ported down from Vista and a roundup of more than 1,000 patches and hotfixes were promised, but an additional performance gain seems to just be icing on the cake.

If SP3 does bring a performance gain for all users, it may be a bad thing for Vista. Users may just stick with XP until Microsoft puts the OS down or until later performance gains come to Vista.

SP3 is set for release sometime in the first half of 2008.

Is this another reason to keep on using Windows XP or have you already made the switch to Vista? Let us know over in the forums.
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