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Windows 8 Consumer Preview vs. Windows 7: Benchmarked

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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview vs. Windows 7: Benchmarked


    By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    April 24, 2012, 6:00am PDT


    Summary: Can Microsoft’s upcoming operating system keep up with — or even beat — Windows 7, or does Microsoft still have work to do?


    It’s time to see how Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview stacks up against Windows 7. Can the upcoming operating system keep up with — or even beat — Windows 7, or does Microsoft still have work to do?


    This is my second attempt at benchmarking the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I attempted to benchmark the operating system soon after it was released back in February, but ran into troubles with graphics card drivers issues, and problems getting consistent results from a couple of the benchmark tools I was using. It seems that these issues have been ironed out, finally allowing me to complete the testing.

    The hardware

    The following hardware platform was used for benchmarking the two operating systems. The system was purpose-built for the job of benchmarking:


    • Intel Core i7-2600K processor
    • Crucial 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM
    • EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560
    • GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H motherboard
    • Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB hard drive
    • CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W power supply unit


    Everything on the system was set to stock speeds, with no component overclocked.


    For the tests I used two Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB hard drives from the same batch to eliminate the possibility of an update causing one drive to be faster than the other. One drive had installed Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1) 64-bit, and on the other I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit. All drivers and updates were installed, along with all the software that would be needed for the tests. The drives were then defragmented using the Windows tool before the benchmarking was carried out.
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview vs. Windows 7: Benchmarked


    Teaser:
    Can Microsoft’s upcoming operating system keep up with — or even beat — Windows 7, or does Microsoft still have work to do?
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview vs. Windows 7: Benchmarked | ZDNet

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    HEY!!! Heeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! You're copying my thread titles!! Stop that or I'll send a bald eagle to crap on your wings.
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    I can't believe it! My thread titles are so GOOD, that NightHawk stole one of them...THIS ONE!!!
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    Using dual-boot, I can clearly see that the Win 8 Preview boots up and shuts down much faster than Win 7.

    It is more difficult to get old programs to work on Win 8 than on Win 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    HEY!!! Heeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! You're copying my thread titles!! Stop that or I'll send a bald eagle to crap on your wings.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    I can't believe it! My thread titles are so GOOD, that NightHawk stole one of them...THIS ONE!!!

    Actually, as you can see from me just merging the threads that Nighthawk posted it first.

    Please check/search to make sure a news article hasn't been posted yet before posting it, as this isn't the first one of your threads I've had to merge/remove because it was already posted.

    Thanks.
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    *mutter* *grumble*
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    Thanks! Airbot for getting that straightened out!

    Actually as far as speed up times the CP will load right up faster unless a password is assigned and you have to deal with the new lock screen first slower then the older Vista and 7 logons no doubt. The shutdown time however is yet to be seen.

    The CP following another clean install still likes to drag on shutdown longer then Vista or 7 for that matter. The faster boot time however is something MS has been working on. You can expect to see more of this in future versions as well.

    This was seen first with 7 due to the new MinWin type kernel that operates more on a modular basis over what had been seen in the previous versions where MS realized with Vista that Windows was getting too large and worked on refinement.
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    Hi there
    I read the article and I thought .....Yawn ...Yawn ....Geek ....Geek.

    Nothing whatsoever about "Real tasks" such as a test of a decent spread sheet practical application running a load of macros etc.

    Just put an SSD in the machine and in any case those entire stats become just a load of junk -- .

    You can have a SLOW atom processor and still have slick performance if you are doing "Officy" type work -- or even Photoshop.

    Most users in the real world aren't transcoding video's every day -- or even ripping audio -- that's often a "one off" or fairly infrequent job.

    I'm sure probably less that 10% of the user population out there certainly aren't dedicated gamers either so GPU performance is also irrelevent.

    Laptop performance with real world tasks is a much better indication of whether a machine is "fit for purpose" or not -- and even the slowest old "clonker" can be dramatically speeded up via adding / using an SSD and possibly upping the RAM a bit.

    W8 probably is speedier and more efficient --why should it not be - it's a more modern OS but as for BUYING a computer I don't think the article would give any useful information whatsoever.

    A typical user these days is either playing video / audio on a machine -- even the humblest netbook can manage these tasks adequately, surfing the internet or messing about with email / Skype / facebook type stuff -- hardly needing leading edge hardware.

    Others might be doing office work, preparing research docs and presentations etc.

    Of course there are lots of very specialized applications out there but I'm addressing the 90% or so who would use their machines in the manner I've outlined.

    Cheers
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    You would be surprised to learn just how many rave about frame rates with certain video cards over others so you can't say with any accuracy that hardly any are dedicated gamers. The faster shutdown time as first seen with 7 as well is due mainly to one thing.

    The "WaitToKillServices" entry found in the HKey_LocalMachine_System>Current Control Set>Control blah blah blah where the value for 20,000=20 seconds with Vista and earlier was reduced to 12,000=12 seconds in 7 and now sees a 5,000=5 seconds value in the CP. Sound familiar?

    The bloat complained about with Vista saw the introduction of the MinWin kernel in 7 since improved on slightly more as you would assume MS would tend to there allowing for a faster boot. These two items would be the continued effort realized by MS to speed some things up a bit.

    What I found ironic was the writer used the exact same Sata 3 drives I use here for storage and backup purposes on the S3 bus. If you shop around now you will notice many boards are strictly Sata 3. This would be area the article was making a comparison with rather then running comparisons on the endless volumes of 32bit programs on the market.

    Of course the goal there like too often seen even when all of the 7 blogs were out was to fill a news page. Once you can take the retail 8 and set the newer version up in a dual boot with 7 you could make your own first hand assessments with the programs and hardwares you have.
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