I guess “old” is relative to many of us, but considering the processor in my Dell Latitude D820 is the T2500 Core Duo, it is positively ancient. I complained about the performance of the machine in the past with Windows Vista. Performance got better with Vista SP1 and the perf tweaks I did to the machine. The performance with Windows 7 is really very good right now, but I am totally cheating to get it there. Take a look at the following screenshot and you’ll see how.
As you can see, the processor falls down as expected on the Windows Experience Index (WinEI). The memory is fine. The GPU is just ok. Probably just above the borderline. You’ll also notice this particular video chipset is using a WDDM 1.0 not 1.1 driver. The driver flowed off the update.microsoft.com website post Windows 7 installation.
The interesting score, for those of you keeping score is the disk score. 6.7 is pretty freaking fast. It should be. It’s using the Kingston SSDNow evaluation drive I have. I figured this would be a good place to run some tests to see if new technology could breathe some life into an older machine. Not surprisingly it does. You can really see the I/O advantage when launching applications. They zoom off that SSD drive.
Anyway, I thought you might be interested in the impact fast I/O can really have on the overall “feel” of the operating system, applications and environment. Now if we could just get 256GB drives for say… $100. At least we know what the future holds.
Now you might be wondering what Windows 7 will do for your machine. Good question. The current Beta seems to be performing really well on the machines I’ve tried it on. Unfortunately the Latitude D820 is now the oldest machine I have and it won’t be three years old until this summer. Any of you tried the beta on older machines? How does it compare to Windows XP and Windows Vista? Keep in mind this is just a beta so performance is very likely to get better as we finalize the product. Enjoy.
[UPDATE for 1/19] I backed up the environment and have restored it to a regular Hitachi 100GB 7200rpm drive. Hard drives are so noisy compared to SSD. Spotted a Win7 bug doing this. Time to send some feedback.
Interesting timing. See http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/01/19/engineering-the-windows-7-windows-experience-index.aspx.