Tom’s Hardware Compares Windows XP SP3 vs. Windows 7 RC on Netbooks

Friday, July 3, 2009 – 10:41 AM

Tom’s Hardware has a a reasonable article comparing performance if Windows 7 RC and Windows XP SP3 running on the Acer Aspire One D150.

Windows 7 Versus XP: Which Belongs On Your Netbook?

They conclude:

At first glance, one might come away from our benchmarks with the impression that Windows 7 is just as slow as Vista and that nothing much has really changed. However, looking only at the benchmarks doesn’t give you the full picture either. Subjectively, the release candidate feels quite snappy. Even with only 1 GB of RAM installed, the pronounced slowdowns that plague Vista on the netbook platform were extremely rare. So unlike Vista, Windows 7 may very well develop into an alternative to XP for netbook hardware. After all, performance isn’t exactly the primary concern of this platform, although newer and more optimized drivers should give it a boost. (read more…)

There are a couple of things about this review I don’t agree with. Namely that they’re using the Windows 7 Ultimate version, which was never intended to run on netbooks. Secondly it’s (obviously) an RC, not the final release, and of course the drivers aren’t available for the RC.

So while their comparisons are accurate the assumption that Windows 7 Ultimate RC today will give same performance as Windows 7 Starter when it’s released in October seems like a stretch to me. In addition to several months more performance work on the OS there’s the possibility of updated drivers for WDDM 1.1 and the like from manufacturers like Samsung and Acer.

Will Windows 7 provide the same experience on your netbook when it’s released in October? That very much depends if drivers are available for the hardware available in today’s existing netbooks. I’d expect newer netbooks to have updated drivers and outperform XP.

  1. 3 Responses to “Tom’s Hardware Compares Windows XP SP3 vs. Windows 7 RC on Netbooks”

  2. Sounds like Windows 7 is going to have better energy management features all up if your drivers support it:,8190.html


    By Ade Miller on Jul 6, 2009

  3. the interface of Windows 7 is great but in my opinion Windows XP is still a very solid and stable operating system. Right now, I would never give up XP for Windows 7.

    By bodydetox on Jul 30, 2009

  4. windows 7 is good but windows xp is still better in compatibility and performance. I won’t upgrade to windows 7.

    By rishi on Aug 10, 2010

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