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[News] Microsoft a Resource-hogging Godzilla, Linux Tested on Core 2

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft a Resource-hogging Godzilla, Linux Tested on Core 2
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 07:21:27 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
What Intel Giveth, Microsoft Taketh Away

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| “What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away.” Such has been the conventional 
| wisdom surrounding the Windows/Intel (“Wintel”) duopoly since the early days 
| of Windows 95. In practical terms, it means that performance advancements on 
| the hardware side are quickly consumed by the ever-increasing complexity of 
| the Windows/Office code base. Case in point: Microsoft Office 2007 which, 
| when deployed on Windows Vista, consumes over 12x as much memory and nearly 
| 3x as much processing power as the version that graced PCs just 7 short years 
| ago (Office 2000).       


Linux performance has just been tested in this very detailed benchmark.

Intel Core 2 “Penryn” and Linux

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| So what are these features and how will they equate into benefits to the 
| consumer and, more specifically, Linux users? That's what Linux Hardware is 
| here to unravel. In this review I'll cover all the high points of the 
| new “Penryn” core and talk to a couple Linux projects about the impact on 
| end-user performance.    



Microsoft issues significant fix for Vista graphics memory overflows

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| "Out of Memory" errors conjure up dark reminders of DOS and the 640 KB limit, 
| but that's exactly what some Windows Vista users have been experiencing when 
| running some of the latest games.  


Buying a new PC? 'Windows Vista Capable' barely hits the mark

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| Microsoft's on-the-box minimum RAM requirement "really isn't
| realistic," according to David Short, an IBM consultant who works
| in its company's Global Services Divison. He says users should
| consider 4GB of RAM if they really want optimum Vista performance.
| With 512MB of RAM, Vista will deliver performance that's
| "sub-XP," he warned.


Why Does Vista Use All My Memory?

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| Windows Vista has a radically different approach to memory
| management.
| [...]
| At the time this screenshot was taken, this machine had a few
| instances of IE7 running, plus one remote desktop. I'm hardly
| doing anything at all, yet I only have 6 megabytes of free
| physical memory.


Vista vs. Windows XP: Head to Head Benchmarks

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| # In most cases, Vista is slower than XP, but not terribly.
| Photoshop tests showed a drop in performance of 7 or 8 percent
| on dual-core PCs and 13 to 23 percent on single-core machines.
| # Gaming is about the same, with Vista dropping frame rates from 5 to 25 
| percent, depending on the machine (and with no regard for CPU type).
| [...]
| Some lessons from the story: Memory is critical, with 2GB being the
| sweet spot for Vista. 64-bit CPUs were slower than 32-bit CPUs, as
| well, but, as noted above, dual-core makes a big difference.


Microsoft Windows Vista: How much memory is enough?

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| As it stands right now, you'll get the best overall performance from Vista 
| with 2GB. So there you have it. If you're contemplating upgrading to Vista, 
| or already running it, that's all you need to know about its memory 
| requirements. Do yourself a favor and use at least 1GB of memory, testing 
| with 512MB was just painful...    


Testing Vista's different memory configurations 

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| You simply cannot play games on Vista with 512MB o memory, at least not the 
| games wen tested. You will sometimes get playable scores but even then the 
| experience and the load time will be ridiculous.
| Anything more than 512MB will help you a lot, with 2x1GB being the best 
| price performance buy.
| 4x1GB is the best choice for best raw performance. It is hard to prove it
| ^^^^^ 
| in every test, but if you have 2x1GB and you load as much in memory, the 
|                                ^^^^^
| system will become endessly slow. 
|                             ^^^^     


Vista Runs Smooth Only on 2G Memory

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| However, Dell CEO Kevin Rollins suggested otherwise on Thursday, 26 Oct at 
| a speech at Shanghai's Jiaotong University. "I think they tell you maybe 1 
| gig of memory is OK. No, two gigs of memory would be great."
| This echoes with my own experience with Vista RC2. With only 1G of
| RAM, there are many disk activities indicating heavy disk swap, a
| symptom of lack of memory in the system.


Windows Vista consumes 600MB of RAM with no apps running

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| closed the sidebar, but sidebar.exe is still alive and using 26MB.
| Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) is using 55MB. The Search
| Indexer is consuming 30MB. Even the recommended 1GB of RAM might not
| leave much room for applications on Vista.


Vista System Memory Concerns

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| Vista: Facing a Slow Adoption. In the beginning, early adopters and
| gamers who are looking to ready themselves for the DirectX 10 upgrade
| will be best suited for those ready to make an investment in the
| unknown.
| Considering how many software and game titles will likely need to
| be run in "compatibility mode" until patches are released across
| the board, I would suggest really looking at what Vista's advantages
| are before taking the plunge.
| No matter how much we may wish to see the path Vista is about to
| embark on, the fact remains that because of its hardware requirements,
| Vista adoption may turn out to be rather slow.


Microsoft Windows Is A Greedy Memory Hog, The Cure Is To Feed It RAM

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| For Windows 2000, XP, 512MB is the minimum and 1GB or more is recommended.
| For Windows 98 any flavor, 256MB is the minimum and 1GB is recommended. If 
| you are an avid PC gamer or video editor, 1GB is the minimum 
| recommendation. Other operating systems such as Linux or Mac are similar. 
| Simply put: more is better.


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