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Solved Windows 8: should i or should i not upgrade from windows 7?


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#21
Robot, may be of you try Windows 8 and 7 on a faster CPU that an Athlon 240 , a decent Hard Drive and a SSD , you will find there is no difference in performance between them.
 

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#22
Cole robot,

How much power savings are you seeing? I've been meaning to benchmark with my killawatt electricity meter but haven't taken it into work where I am running 8 on a could of test boxes. Be interested to know exactly how much savings you are seeing.
 

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    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
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Coke Robot

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#23
I haven't done a hard benchmark as of yet, I'm curious to see the results myself. But I base this claim off the idea that using less system resources and the CPU parking feature is going towards the power savings. That, and the other claim I've seen is added battery life on a new laptop compared with 7 to 8.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    AMD FX 8320
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    Crosshair V Formula-Z
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    16 gig DDR3
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    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
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Robot, may be of you try Windows 8 and 7 on a faster CPU that an Athlon 240 , a decent Hard Drive and a SSD , you will find there is no difference in performance between them.
Oh I've done all the above. I've tested with an Intel Atom, Pentium 4, Core Duo, Core Duo 2, and a few i5s. That, along with my AMD processor, an AMD XP series, a lower Athlon, and the Llano APU. That, along with different hard drives from an elder PATA drive to several 2.5" hard drives, to desktop drives, and a SSD. I've even tested Windows 8 on a netbook with a SSD. That, along with most of those systems with a Windows 8 To Go drive, there are improvements. There is a max limit where performance doesn't feel faster, but for the VAST majority of non-SSD systems there are improvements to speed regardless.
 

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    16 gig DDR3
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    ASUS R9 270
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    1440x900
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    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
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    OCZ 500 watt
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    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
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    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
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    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
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    Microsoft Touch Mouse
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

ivy8

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#25
There are big differences between Core 2's and Ivy Bridge:

AnandTech - Bench - CPU

That is the standard Q6600 vs a dual core i3 3220.

I wouldn't bother with Win 8 on anything slower than an E8400 (pushing it), preferably an i5 750 matched to a late model SSD.
 

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    Gigabyte H77M-D3H
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    Kingston Value RAM - 8GB DDR3 1333MHz CAS 9
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#26
You shouldn't rely on anyone's opinion whether you should upgrade or not, the only person that can decide that is you based on your experience. You should definitely test W8 and judge for yourself. I highly recommend you do so dual booting to a VHD, it is simple to do and simple to remove once you're done and you don't have to mess with partitions. Boot to VHD and you'll be running W8 on your current hardware within 20 mins. There are guides available on this site but I followed this article, very easy.

Dual Boot Windows 8 from VHD using Windows Setup | Concurrency, Inc.
 

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#27
Agree totally with Robr, dual boot with a vhd or use a vm, with the free enterprise trial and decide for yourself.
 

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    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
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    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
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    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
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    15/2 cable modem
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Alpha0mega

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#28
@all: tyvm for sharing ideas., i have decided to do a dual boot on my desktop and still use win7 for my laptop.. have a nice day to all.
 

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    Dual: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (default) & Win8Enterprise 64
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