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Is Windows 8.1 faster for gaming than Windows 7?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax1100 View Post
    Sounds more like a placebo effect.
    Seeing the same games on Windows7 run slower on Windows 8 tells me there are many variables that affect the speed of a game.

    I wouldn't expect a program to run faster in Windows8 unless its been programed to take advantage of the changes. And few have.

    With regards to the ugly desktop of Windows8, Windows7 and Vista can both turn off the pretty Glass. It makes a difference, but that difference changes depending on teh spec of the computer. A lower spec computer gains more when turning off the "Luxuries"

    So far, what i have seen is Windows8 causing as much grief as relief, but when it works, it works good, which it should.

    It will be awhile yet before anything actually takes advantage of it, and the Metro Desktop is actually causing unnecessary cpu useage, so while faster at some things, its slower on others. When its faster, its marginally , marginally faster, and when its slower...
    Its slower then an 8bit running a modern game...
    So far, after 3 weeks using 8.1 I can report that I've been using the Mail app, the Video app, IE11 and still playing games all at the same time and the games play very well, if anything the same as on Windows 7. On 7 YouTube used be a constant headache for me as it wouldn't play videos without constant hiccups, on IE11 on 8 YouTube is a peach.
    But at times, with certain games I do agree with you that it's probably just a placebo effect. Maybe it's due exactly to the fact that Windows 8 can do so many things at once without ever 'complaining' and still being fast(despite the eventual hiccups) even on low end machines such as mine.

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  2. #12


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    Win 8.1.1 pro 64bit


    BF4 plays better on Win 8 than it does on Win 7..as for the rest no idea..6 of one, half dozen the other etc etc.
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  3. #13


    Those "resource savings" coming from reduced visual effects are just for very marginal systems, any half decent machine can run just as fast with many visual enhancements.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Those "resource savings" coming from reduced visual effects are just for very marginal systems, any half decent machine can run just as fast with many visual enhancements.
    Very true

    The full Windows 7 GUI wasn't designed for high end systems. It was designed for the typical system of the day with average integrated graphics. And don't forget that was in 2009. For any reasonably modern system capable of running modern games with decent performance handling the Windows 7 GUI is a trivial thing.
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  5. #15


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    Everyone thinks it's a "placebo effect" but for me the games I have been playing recently all play better on 8.1 compared to W7. I didn't take FPS screenshots to prove my point but I can feel the difference.

    Nothing against W7, I have always had great performance with it. Since moving to 8, I still do all the things I did with W7...benchmarking and gaming for example. Windows 8 outperforms Windows 7 flat out in everything.

    I don't mean to rant but I had this conversation with a few people today. It's always the same thing that turns people off from W8... the start button, and the way it navigates compared to W7.

    Spend a very little time on W8 and you will realize you don't need a start menu, and it is better.

    End of the rant
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