The test machine was a Dell XPS M1710 with 2GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM and nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS video, the same computer used for the Vista tests. Speaking of similarities, the OfficeBench Microsoft Office-based test script was also used once again.
The conclusion was the following:
“Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release – unlike w/Vista SP1, Microsoft made no promises of improved performance for XP – the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus. In fact, XP SP3 is shaping-up to be a "must have" update for the majority of users who are still running Redmond’s not-so-latest and greatest desktop OS.”
Also, the testers don’t forget to ask one last question, which has certainly been bothering the top management over in Redmond: “Windows Vista = Windows ME Reloaded?”. What do you think?