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Here it is: Windows 7 on one hell of a slow machine.
-300MHz Pentium II underclocked to 180MHz (60x3)
-256MB of 60MHz SDRAM
-160GB hard drive
-GeForce FX5200 @ AGP 2x
-I also tried getting Win7 to work on a Super 7 board, first with a Pentium MMX 166, then with a K6-2 300. However, the OS would hang before the main installation screen. I guess the Pentium II is the slowest CPU Win7 will tolerate.
-To satisfy the installer, I used a Pentium III 600 with 768MB of RAM. Same motherboard. After the OS installed, I slotted in the P2 and its 256MB of RAM.
-I couldn't get Aero to work with the P2; when I tried enabling it, I received a BSoD. However, Aero worked fine with the P3-600 (same motherboard and RAM). It appears that W7 Aero requires a CPU with SSE.
-Win7 would not boot with less than 256MB of RAM installed.
1920x1080. CPU-Z with CPU and RAM information. Windows Experience Index shows a curiously high hard disk score, but the other scores seem to match the hardware. :-)
Computing.net is also up and running in IE8.
Above that is a CPU usage graph. What's interesting is that Win7 with Internet Explorer running only uses ~40% of the CPU. Under Vista, the same CPU was constantly pegged at 100%, without IE running. This shows how much faster Windows 7 is than Vista. As for physical RAM, Win7 uses 180MB of it, which is actually around what Vista used.
CPU-Z shows us that a 180MHz PII running Windows 7 will in fact play a 1080p, 34 mb/s M2TS movie off the file server. The catch: you have to watch it at an exhilarating 2 frames per minute. Really.
That's it for now. The machine is quite slow, but it's actually not too bad, considering the specs. The old rig runs Windows 7 at least 10x faster than Vista. Interestingly enough, it was not reduced memory usage that allowed W7 to outperform Vista, but greatly reduced CPU overhead.
I won't be taking the machine apart just yet, so if any of you would like to see more, I'll boot it up when I have the time.
Super PIII | Unlocked ES Tualatin @ 1.8GHz (150x12, 1.65v), 512K L2
2GB PC2700 | 500GB | Radeon x1950Pro | Apollo Pro 266T | Win7 Pro