Lab Tests: Vista's Fast If You Have the Hardware

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ReadyBoost

Our first tests of another intriguing Vista feature were a bit of a disappointment. ReadyBoost, a new technology that promises to enhance system performance by caching data on compatible USB thumb drives, actually caused a small performance drop in our benchmarks.

But this result may reflect more on the specific tests we ran than on the technology; we're working with Microsoft to make certain we can design tests that properly capture situations where ReadyBoost is supposed to work its magic.

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