Windows XP SP3 is faster than SP2 and Vista, tester claims

Windows XP Service Pack 3, due for release in 2008, increases speed by 10%, according to testers of the new update. ComputerWorld reported the findings this morning, citing a report from the testing company that puts performance of Service Pack 3 ahead of SP2 and further validates the claim that Windows XP is Vista's biggest competitor.

The tests were performed by Devil Mountain Software, the same company that recently tested Windows Vista SP1 and determined no appreciable speed boost over the initial release of Vista, despite Microsoft's assertion of  increased performance.

However, when testing Windows XP SP3, the company found an increase in speed up to 10% over SP2 and ensuring claims that Windows Vista SP1 was up to 2X slower than its older cousin.

 Computerworld quoted Craig Barth, Devil Mountain Software's Chief Technology Officer in the company blog as saying he was pleasantly surprised at the results. "Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release, the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus," Barth said. "In fact, XP SP3 is shaping up to be a 'must-have' update for the majority of users who are still running Redmond's not-so-latest and greatest desktop OS."

The company based its benchmarks on a laptop running Microsoft Office 2007.

Source: Computerworld.



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