After doing some becnhmarks now that I've had some time to experiment in between my studies I've come across some curious things. I have the unique capability through my studies to have access to Windows XP, Vista, Server 2008 7 and Linux. Of course, we aren't allowed to use Linux in Forum Warz (which is a shame), but that's not the point of this thread. I'm curious to what some of us will use as an OS for our benchmarks.
Will we use say XP x86 for our suicide runs and say Windows 7 x64 for Cinebench? Will be just use one OS, such as Vista x64 for ease of setup? Will those of us that have Ultimate versions (and both discs) just use one OS but boot into the different architectures for certain benchmarks?
Is there any difference in the benchmarks to make it wothrwhile to have multiple OSes that might get borked from overclocking?
Ona side not I've installed the latest IE 9 beta and noticed a drop in RAM usaeage in Windows 7 x64. Will it stand up to overclocking when submitting benchmarks across the internet for certain ones? By then it should be ins table realease once SP1 shows up for 7. Is SP1 going to impact our Windows 7 use for benchmarks?
Just some curious questions to open up a discussion amongst ourselves and get us thinking. For some of us it may be a cost liscensing issue. Some people are just going to refuse paying the man to do this. I certainly did last Forum Warz and just used Vista Ultimate x64 for the entire run.
I'll leave a nice little screenshot and show you an example of one I've come across in comparing Cinebench 11.5 across Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 x64. My top score at the same clocks was achieved in Windows Server 2008 with a mild overclock.
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