Vista SP1 Gaming Performance

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Devoldo, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Devoldo

    Devoldo Guest

    Just wondering if anyone has had any issues and/or problems since SP1 was
    released today.

    I know it may be too early to tell what with the manufacturers rushing to
    create drivers that will actually take advantage of the over 550 hotfixes
    incorperated into SP1, but so far for me at least I have seen at least a 20%
    increase in overall gaming performance and system response. One main thing
    I've seen that has not improved is any source games. It seems the source
    engine is either not a fan of vista, or the 8800 series cards. But as for
    games such as World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament III, all seem to have
    an increase in FPS and load times.

    If anyone has a positive or negative comments for SP1, please let me know;
    very curious to see what Microsoft has accomplished/screwed up.

    My personal System specs:
    AMD fx-62 dual-core processor - 3.4 ghz OCed
    4Gb corsair DDR2 800 ram
    Western digital raptor 150Gb 10,000rpm HD
    Asus Crosshair socket AM2 motherboard
    Creative sound blaster audigy 2 zs sound card (which may have prevent
    windows update from allowing me to download SP1...had to visit microsoft's

    Download Service pack 1 for Windows Vista here:

    Note that only five languages are supported, the rest aren't expected until
    Devoldo, Mar 18, 2008
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    Jeff Ingram Guest

    I can't be absolutely sure, but I think my FPS in Unreal Tournament went up.
    I'm playing at 1680x1050 and I'm getting well over 100 fps. Not sure what
    it was just prior to the update, but I don't think it was that high. Need
    to do some more testing.


    Jeff Ingram, Mar 19, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Installed it on my notebook and my sound card driver crashed, a lot. So I had to do some creative tweaking, but other than that I notice no difference between Pre-SP1 and SP1. Microsoft even said, all SP1 is, is a collection of updates that are already out with some minor tweaks.

    I can't tell the difference.
    Andy [YaYa], Mar 19, 2008
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    CJM Guest

    I've had a problem over the last week with my Nvidia drivers but I've
    updated them - so far, so good.

    I've noticed a general improvement in Vista's speed and responsiveness and
    particularly file copying, but unfortunately in the 3 weeks since I've had
    SP1 installed, I've not actually played any games that tax my system (thus
    where I would notice a performance improvement).

    However, I wasn't led to believe there would be much in SP1 that would
    specifically affect gaming. On the other hand, every improvement is
    obviously welcome.
    CJM, Mar 20, 2008
  5. However, I wasn't led to believe there would be much in SP1 that would
    Almost all game performance issues for Windows Vista are the result of (a)
    drivers or (b) the games themselves not being tested sufficently with
    Windows Vista. Video drivers have improved a lot in the past 6-months or so,
    and game publishers are engaging more on making sure their games run well on
    Windows Vista.

    The key changes in SP1 for gamers would be:

    - An update to the DirectX runtime to support the new Direct3D 10.1
    extensions for Direct3D 10.1 class hardware. Existing Direct3D 10 vidoe
    cards and games are unaffected.

    - Support for new content desscriptor for the ESRB rating system in Windows
    Parental Controls / Family Safety settings. This means some newer games that
    use these descriptors would show as 'unrated' on Windows Vista RTM, but will
    be correctly rated on SP1.

    - Support for the Korean GRB rating system added in Windows Parental
    Controls / Family Safety settings. Newer games that have Korean GRB ratings
    should show this in their game's metadata on SP1.

    - SP1 includes some key hotfixes that impact games:

    (note a full list of KBs that are included in SP1 can be found at:
    Chuck Walbourn [MSFT], Mar 24, 2008
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    fearz Guest

    Ok, I figured out the problem!!!!

    It was the X-FI drivers (004) when I disabled the device it worked
    fine, so I did a fresh install (I had to) and installed the latest (006)
    and everything was fine...

    Hope this helps...cheers


    Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
    AMD Athlon 6000+ X2 64bit
    Gigabyte M59-SLI-S5
    nVIDIA XFX 8800 Ultra Extreme Edition
    Creative X-fi Elite Pro
    4x 1GB DDR2 Kingston 800 MHZ
    1x WD 500 GB SATA2
    1x Toshiba 150 GB SATA2
    1x Seagate 150 GB SATA2
    HEC Zephyr 650W PSU
    fearz, Mar 25, 2008
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