Windows 7 performance on your next Netbook?

So I recently got a new Dell Mini 10 notebook. I had always planned to rebuild it on Windows 7 but before I did I thought I would take a benchmark test. Everyone thought that Windows 7 would be slower on a Netbook. The following test shows otherwise.

Turns out it was almost twice as fast.

Windows XP Windows 7

Total Performance Rating

99.1

172.2

I don’t have much to explain it. The only thoughts I have are that Windows 7 was designed to run on Netbooks. Also given that selling point they may have tweaked Windows 7 to run better on benchmark tests giving an inflated result. Also the XP benchmark was taken with all of the Dell preloaded software on it which could have been slowing the system down.

In any event, that should show everyone that if you are thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 but are worried about speed, you have nothing to worry about.

Test Name

Windows XP

Windows 7

CPU – Integer Math

17.7

21.6

CPU – Floating Point Math

81.5

94.9

CPU – Find Prime Numbers

54.4

65.0

CPU – Multimedia Instructions

0.9

1.1

CPU – Compression

618.7

708.3

CPU – Encryption

2.3

2.6

CPU – Physics

14.7

16.3

CPU – String Sorting

307.4

382.1

Graphics 2D – Solid Vectors

1.7

0.6

Graphics 2D – Transparent Vectors

1.0

0.7

Graphics 2D – Complex Vectors

31.2

17.2

Graphics 2D – Fonts and Text

18.4

21.8

Graphics 2D – Windows Interface

21.4

11.5

Graphics 2D – Image Filters

74.1

72.9

2D Graphics – Image Rendering

73.0

83.8

Graphics 3D – Simple

8.9

62.4

Graphics 3D – Medium

3.4

6.4

Graphics 3D – Complex

1.0

1.6

Memory – Allocate Small Block

681.2

682.1

Memory – Read Cached

626.8

715.5

Memory – Read Uncached

569.1

597.8

Memory – Write

559.6

616.5

Memory – Large RAM

75.2

76.1

Disk – Sequential Read

43.4

38.3

Disk – Sequential Write

47.0

43.3

Disk – Random Seek + RW

2.2

2.0

CPU Mark

254.2

305.2

2D Graphics Mark

139.8

87.3

Memory Mark

173.9

186.2

Disk Mark

334.7

302.1

3D Graphics Mark

9.1

31.4

Total Performance Rating

99.1

172.2


  • Dell Inspiron 1010
  • Inspiron 1010, Intel Atom Processor Z530, 1.6GHz, 533MHzFSB, 512K L2 Cache
  • 1GB RAM
  • 10.1 Inch High Definition Widescreen Display (1366×768)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500
  • 160GB, 2.5inch, 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Genuine Windows XP Home Edition SP3
  • Dell Wireless 1510 802.11n Half Mini Card
  • Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
  • 56WHr Lithium-Ion (larger batter)
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About Eric

My name is Eric Weintraub. I am an IT Professional with over 12 years of real world experience. I currently work as a Senior IT Manager for a large software company that develops products for Information Technology workers. Professionally, I love what I do and it shows in my work. Personally, I enjoy technology as a whole. Enterprise Technology, Social Media, and Mobile technologies are all things I follow. I also love to play golf, go snowboarding, cook, love to eat, and read. Also big on photography, check out my recent photography at http://www.ericweintraubphotography.com and also Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericweintraub/. As much as I don’t have a lot of free time, I always come across things that I believe could help others. I just wanted to be able to share what I find with others. Thanks for reading the blog, please setup a RSS feed and keep in touch! Eric Weintraub

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