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MacWindows Special Report: SoftWindows 95 5.0


The same application tests on the same hardware used to evaluate SoftWindows 95 4 were used to test version 5.0 (see our last emulator special report).

The emulator ran Windows 95 applications smoothly, without crashes or compatibility problems.

Performance conclusions for version 5.0

Insignia Solutions said that the performance increases were focused in SVGA and VESA graphics and floating point calculations. They also told us this about our test results:

"The main changes to the 5.0 CPU emulation were to speed up the FPU (as seen in Corel in your tests) and to improve the quality of code being generated. This means that it takes longer to produce the code, but it will execute faster when programs get to run. Consequently start-up times may be increased but program code (particularly repetitive program code) should decrease. If you are a regular user, rather than a benchmarker, I would recommend extensive use of TurboStart to make launch times go away."

We conducted 13 sets of tests. Graphs of the results (along with the previous results of SoftWindows 95 4, Virtual PC 1, and an 166 MHz Orange Micro board) are grouped into 4 catagories:

  1. Floating point and Windows search
  2. Database tests (Microsoft Access)
  3. Word 97 tests
  4. Excel 97 tests

Feature enhancements of Version 5.0

Note: Version, 5.0.2 which was release after much of our testing was already completed adds some more features, including support for Plug and Play joysticks with Windows 95, ODI networking on G3 Macs, PowerBook 3400 PCMCIA Ethernet and other 3rd party Ethernet cards, and bug fixes (see the Insignia's update page).

Performance difference between SoftWindows 95 4.0.1 and 5.0

As compared to the times in our last emulator special report.

PowerBook G3

7500/G3/250

7500/604e/250

7500/604/132

Average
by Test

24 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

CorelDraw, Rotate 65°

15%

6%

6%

8%

25%

6%

6%

1%

(-1%)

6%

8%

Corel PhotoPaint Gaussian Blur

18%

23%

21%

19%

19%

19%

15%

29%

18%

23%

21%

Windows 95 Find "Northwind"

(-7%)

(-9%)

6%

7%

6%

13%

26%

13%

24%

13%

9%

MS Access, Launch

(-18%)

(-19%)

4%

3%

(-9%)

3%

(-34%)

(-18%)

10%

0%

(-8%)

MS Access, query

(-17%)

(-36%)

1%

(-2%)

(-3%)

8%

11%

(-18%)

(-5%)

3%

(-6%)

MS Access, query (crosstab)

(-18%)

(-3%)

11%

17%

7%

16%

15%

2%

12%

11%

7%

MS Access, Report summary

(-34%)

(-9%)

(-1%)

(-2%)

(-6%)

(-11%)

7%

(-6%)

(-5%)

(-9%)

(-7%)

Word, open file and launch

(-7%)

(-6%)

6%

2%

(-37%)

(-11%)

4%

(-14%)

(-1%)

(-8%)

(-7%)

Word, scroll 50k charactors

(-17%)

(-12%)

(-11%)

(-12%)

(-11%)

(-12%)

(-10%)

2%

1%

1%

(-8%)

Word, replace 720 words

6%

14%

9%

2%

11%

12%

7%

24%

13%

5%

10%

Excel, launch and open

(-23%)

(-17%)

(-12%)

(-12%)

(-4%)

(-17%)

(-16%)

(-16%)

(-13%)

(-14%)

(-14%)

Excel, recalc. 100x100cells

(-10%)

11%

10%

15%

22%

14%

15%

19%

15%

22%

13%

Excel, create chart

(-24%)

(-21%)

(-13%)

(-10%)

(-17%)

(-11%)

(-3%)

(-17%)

(-13%)

(-3%)

(-13%)

AVERAGE by machine

(-10%)

(-6%)

3%

3%

0%

2%

3%

0%

4%

4%

0%

 

 

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