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Microsoft Windows Vista & ReadyBoost: Does it Make a Difference?

Microsoft Windows Vista & ReadyBoost: Does it Make a Difference? - PCSTATS
Abstract: To take advantage of the ReadyBoost feature built into Microsoft Windows Vista, the computer first and foremost has to have USB 2.0 slots.
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External Mfg. Website: microsoft Oct 15 2007   Colin Sun  
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ReadyBoost Benchmarks: Office Productivity, PCMark05

Office Productivity Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportWinstone: Office Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
512MB System Memory 24.6
512MB System Memory 512MB ReadyBoost 24.8
512MB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 25
512MB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 25
512MB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 25
1GB System Memory 29.4
1GB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 29.5
1GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 29.5
1GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 29.5
2GB System Memory 29.6
2GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 29.6
2GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 29.6
4GB System Memory 29.5
4GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 29.6
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
512MB System Memory 35.5
512MB System Memory 512MB ReadyBoost 35.8
512MB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 36.1
512MB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 36.1
512MB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 36.1
1GB System Memory 40.6
1GB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 40.6
1GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 40.6
1GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 40.6
2GB System Memory 40.8
2GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 40.7
2GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 40.7
4GB System Memory 40.7
4GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 40.7

ReadyBoost makes a bit of a difference when the system has 512MB of memory, but it's nothing to write home about. If you're at the minimum end of PC infrastructure, ReadyBoost may make things a bit more bearable but you'd be better off upgrading system memory to at least 1GB RAM.

Futuremark PCMark05 1.1.0 Source: FutureMark

PCMark05 is a premium tool for measuring both normal home use and simple 3D performance of the latest PC hardware. There are 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportPCMark05
Overall Points Ranking
512MB System Memory 7018
512MB System Memory 512MB ReadyBoost 7044
512MB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 7096
512MB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 7094
512MB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 7093
1GB System Memory 7265
1GB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 7282
1GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 7288
1GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 7285
2GB System Memory 7306
2GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 7315
2GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 7322
4GB System Memory 7312
4GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 7328
Memory Points Ranking
512MB System Memory 5233
512MB System Memory 512MB ReadyBoost 5286
512MB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 5312
512MB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 5346
512MB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 5334
1GB System Memory 5434
1GB System Memory 1GB ReadyBoost 5432
1GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 5441
1GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 5439
2GB System Memory 5452
2GB System Memory 2GB ReadyBoost 5438
2GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 5455
4GB System Memory 5433
4GB System Memory 4GB ReadyBoost 5446

The PCMark05 numbers show that ReadyBoost does little to nothing for this type of test. Memory scores with 512MB of system memory do inch up ever so slightly, but it's not able to match the other memory sizes.

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Contents of Article: microsoft ReadyBoost
 Pg 1.  Microsoft Windows Vista & ReadyBoost: Does it Make a Difference?
 Pg 2.  Testing ReadyBoost in Vista
 Pg 3.  — ReadyBoost Benchmarks: Office Productivity, PCMark05
 Pg 4.  ReadyBoost Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 5.  ReadyBoost Benchmarks: WinRAR, Windows Boot Up
 Pg 6.  ReadyBoost: Not There Yet

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