Inventor 2009 loads faster than version 2008

May 29, 2008

Jurgen Wagner has tested the load times of a real-life Inventor assembly with 881 components – first on a clean Inventor 2008 installation and then on a clean Inventor 2009 installation (on the same PC – HP notebook nw9440, in WinXP, with 3GB RAM).

The times (from launching to an editable state) are as follows:

  • Inventor 2008: 5 minutes
  • Inventor 2009: 2 minutes

I have not performed any formal testing but I can confirm that Inventor 2009 loads noticeably faster.

In my opinion many complaints about new software versions being slower haveĀ other causes. E.g. later installation on a PC may suffer from disk fragmentation, newer and more aggressive antivirus software may be loaded, performance tweaking (graphics, temp files, undo…) was not yet done on the new version. But yes – sometimes the newer versions are just slower. Not the case of Inventor 2009.

Which is faster? Windows XP or Vista?

May 16, 2008

There is an interesting benchmark published on the ZDNet Blog (track). It compares the performance of Windows XP and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and their Service Packs using the PassMark benchmark.

The results are quite surprising. I would like to know if a test with a 3D CAD application like Inventor will have the same winners and losers as the PassMark benchmark. Both operating systems (well, three, if you count Vista 64) were tested with and without their Service Packs. The performance differences are quite substantial.

And the winners are:

  1. Vista 64-bit (without SP) is the fastest
  2. Vista 64-bit with SP1 is the second
  3. Vista 32-bit (without SP) is the third
  4. WinXP (without SP) is the fourth (and the fastest XP version)

WinXP vs. Vista
In contrast to prevailing opinion – Windows Vista proves to be faster than XP and Service Packs seem to make the operating system slower, not faster !