Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed

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Performance Summary: Our performance numbers verify our initial impressions of Windows 7. Platter based hard drives and high-end solid state drives, all run faster on Windows 7. Solid state drives see the largest performance boost, which showed up to a 35% improvement in read performance and up to a 23% boost in write performance. The performance difference for platter based hard drives is admittedly smaller, but even though the numbers don't showcase it, there is a definitely smoother, snappier feeling to running Windows 7 compared to Vista, which can be perceived even on traditional hard drives.



 

Windows 7 does a lot to un-do the damage that Microsoft did with Windows Vista. Windows 7 feels lightweight, fresh, and far more intuitive. Sure, lots of the new user interface elements are pulled from the Mac OSX design guidebook, but they are implemented well in the Windows environment, and the whole thing feels polished. Even in a release candidate (i.e, non-final) state, the OS is quick, solid, and feels production ready. For the first time in years, we are anxiously awaiting an operating system release from Microsoft. 


Windows 7 is shaping up to be an improvement over Windows Vista in almost every meaningful way. At this point, everything seems like it's moving in the right direction with this new operating system, and Microsoft is finally showing that it can better compete in terms of usability and user-experience in today's computing environments against OSX and Linux, providing a compelling case why the Windows operating system is such a dominant force. Those who like to bash Microsoft at every turn will have to find some new reasons to hate on Windows 7, as low, machine-halting  performance won't likely be a factor when Win7 comes into the mix.

 

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Downloading Windows 7 now :-)

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I want to install my Windows 7, but I'm not sure autocad will work on it...

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you can always run it in compatibility mode. Or if it has that virtual XP up yet?

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I got this crazy feeling you dont wanna run CAD in a VM.

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i'm sure the slow down wouldn't be THAT bad lol....

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Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

Sorry for being dumb, I had planned on contacting one of the manufacturers but thought I'd ask you guys first.

 

Thanks,

 

Philip

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fairlane32:

Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

The only dumb questions, is an unasked one...

To answer you, it depends on the nature of the update. Some maintenance releases do not require blanking the drive, but more comprehensive updates that change drive behavior may require blanking the drive.  It depends.

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Marco C:

fairlane32:

Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

The only dumb questions, is an unasked one...

To answer you, it depends on the nature of the update. Some maintenance releases do not require blanking the drive, but more comprehensive updates that change drive behavior may require blanking the drive.  It depends.

Thanks Marco,

      I agree, no question is dumb, but I never know who is listening Stick out tongue You would think that manufacturers would try to keep from having to reformat the drive, even for major updates, but hopefully they won't happen too often, unless the update really makes the drive perform a lot better, otherwise it would definitely be a pain.

 

Philip

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Great comparo, guys! That pretty-much seals it for Vista, IMO.

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But SP2 just came out. That will make it better...right?

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