After a bit of a hiatus, I've returned with some good news.
I upgraded to Windows XP recently and have since run some benchmarks with the new OS.
Here's my results:
3DMark2001SE - 12,186 (gain of 62)
3DMark2003 - 4,544 (gain of 256!!)
I still can't explain why my 03 marks are so high when compared to my 2001SE marks, but I'm pleased with the gains. I also seem to be enjoying an increase of 10-20 FPS in UT2k3, which is stellar. Naturally, I don't have the experience to say whether or not the improvements can be attributed to the new OS or simply the fresh install/defrag/etc. Either way, I'm very happy to date with XP. It's almost idiot proof to some degree. Now, I just need to tweak it up. Anybody have any suggestions?
BTW, Here's my system:
MSI 645 Ultra MOBO w/ 450Watt PS
1024MB PC2100 DDR
Radeon 9700 Pro running Catalyst 3.2
Creative Labs Audigy Gamer
40GB Seagate HD @ 7200RPM
Windows XP Home SP1 running DirectX 9.0
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