The Passmark Performance Test gives interesting performance test results, including a composite score. I suggest that those interested do some PassMark testing and post their results. The Performance Test, which comes in both Vista 32- and 64-bit flavors, is available here.
The PassMark composite score breaks down into numerous component scores (e.g., DirectX 10 performance). While explained online, I can show you how the component are weighted to produce the composite score.
I did a great deal of testing long ago. Here is one comparison test I performed on a different machine
. The results I think still are very interesting and pertinent to system choices some might be very interested in today. The comparison is related to 64-bit vista on a single Raptor versus 32-bit vista on a RAID 0 employing two identical Raptors. What would you guess the result would be?
If you perform a test and post, then please be sure we know your system specifics. See my sig for examples of system data that might be considered to be specific enough. But, hey, post what you want system-wise.
If you test, then I would not go to extremes, but it would be best to turn off all evilware protection, your firewall, and anything else running in the background while your are testing. Also, you might disconnect from your network when testing, and don't touch your mouse or keyboard. And, of course, go to extremes if you want, but your results might not end up being too comparable to those of others on board.
All I have left of my prior Passmark tests are those for my Desktop's 64-bit RAID 0 configuration (see sig) when it had 4 GB of 667 MHz RAM. A related snip is below. The snip shows my best overall PassMark result for the configuration mentioned above. No tweaks were applied in performing the test. The performance mode used was "best appearance." I have started a new round of tests given my new RAM.