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New drivers for Windows 8 may mean a world of difference
Metro fan or not, Windows 8 is a performer

The computer geeks over at PC World run a few benchmarks on the consumer preview for Windows 8, comparing it to Windows 7. The findings indicate that Windows 8 offers improved performance on almost every test. PC World reports that the consumer preview of Windows 8 was generally faster, and often much faster, than Windows 7.
PC World used a test machine running an Intel Core i5-2500K at 3.3 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card. The same machine had previously been subjected to an identical battery of tests running Windows 7. The machine was benchmark using WorldBench 7 tests. WorldBench results showed that Windows 8 was 14% faster than Windows 7. The publication reports that a difference of 5% or more on WorldBench is noticeable performance wise, so 14% is significantly faster.
Using the same computer benchmark and PC, Windows 7 scored 100 while the system running Windows 8 scored 114. Start up time for the Windows 8 machine was 36.8 seconds compared to 56.2 seconds for the same system running Windows 7.
Web performance for the Windows 8 machine using WebVizBench gives a score of 28.6 frames per second compared to 18.9 frames per second for a Windows 7 machine. Interestingly, when running Windows 7 the test machine was faster for content creation compared to running Windows 8. The difference was slight though and new drivers for Windows 8 machines can significantly improve performance.
It's also worth noting that Futuremark is working on updating the PCMark benchmark suite for Windows 8. The office productivity tests were performed using PC Mark from Futuremark and an upgrade to the software for Windows 8 could mean significantly improved performance. As it stands now Windows 7 was quicker in both content creation and office productivity on PCMark. In Office productivity the Windows 7 system scored 2280 compared to the 2099 of the Windows 8 system.
Windows 8 could be significantly faster than Windows 7 on the same computer once drivers and benchmarks are optimized. That, however, isn't likely to happen until Windows 8 launches or is close to launch.

Source: PC World

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By Makaveli on 3/23/2012 10:13:18 AM , Rating: 3
The only decent gain is with encoding the rest are tiny. Are we suppose to be impressed by this?

I will consider windows 8 when its get released and the community has hack and fixed up the start menu and disabled metro totally.

RE: ooooo
By Sivar on 3/23/2012 10:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
If changing operating systems hugely boosts the performance of things like video coding, there was a major problem to begin with. Generally, there should be very little OS involvement for algorithmic tasks like encoding, image processing, and similar. Otherwise, it's an indication that the OS is interfering with something that should be between the software and the processor.

Your post has a certain angry, negative feel to it, but it also betrays a degree if cluelessness about how operating systems work. That's fine -- they are very complex systems and I myself do not fully grasp them, but try to have at least some idea of what you are talking about before writing a post like this.
Note: I've been guilty of doing the same thing; I am not passing down judgment here.

RE: ooooo
By Makaveli on 3/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: ooooo
By Sivar on 3/24/2012 3:10:17 PM , Rating: 2
I may have misinterpreted your post.
The way I read it could be summarized as, "Windows 8 does not look impressive because the benchmarks show only a small performance boost." That would indicate a misunderstanding of how OSs work.

Now that you mention it, your could could also be read as, "A small performance boost alone is not at all enough to make Windows 8 impressive," in which case I agree.
If I misunderstood, then I apologize.

RE: ooooo
By jimbojimbo on 3/23/2012 11:01:57 AM , Rating: 1
Ugh, how many people are going to complain here without reading the damn article?

14% is a HUGE improvement in performance.


RE: ooooo
By Makaveli on 3/23/2012 12:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
Its very simple this is one article.

When I see this reviewed and tested by others then maybe I would take it abit more seriously.

Do you read one review on one site and make up your mind about a product? I don't!

RE: ooooo
By geddarkstorm on 3/23/2012 1:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 is noticeably faster on my machine. That was a completely unexpected surprise, as I expected it to be slower. So far, everywhere I look the consensus and data show this beta of 8 as being quicker.

It really is worthwhile to upgrade. Also, if you want the start button back, there's a great program called Start8, which ameliorates much of what I dislike about 8.

Only thing I worry about is when programs like Chrome start coming out "for metro", if that means they'll run like full screen apps and block me out of the desktop (which is treated like an app itself). I can't stand the ridiculously stupid app system for a desktop, as that murders my multitasking. My desktop isn't a tablet, and I don't like being "forced" to treat it as if it were.

I guess we'll see.

RE: ooooo
By B3an on 3/25/2012 3:56:23 AM , Rating: 2
Theres already loads of benchmarks around that show 8 is faster than 7.

And from my own experience i can tell that 8 is easily faster than 7 without even needing to run tests - it's that obvious. Even on my ancient 7 year old test laptop Win 8 runs as fast and snappy as XP does. While Win 7 will cripple the same machine (it only has 512MB). Having a modern OS run as good as a decade old OS on a machine with just 512MB is REALLY impressive. 8 also uses less RAM than 7 while remaining faster.

I've also benchmarked games and web browsers on my i7 desktop and for 95% of tests 8 is faster than 7 and all this on a BETA OS with BETA drivers.


RE: ooooo
By DFranch on 3/26/2012 9:30:23 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for actually pointing out that this is still a beta product. a 14% improvement on a beta is crazy good. I'm still not sold on the interface for non touch devices. I like it on my windows phone, but I hope there is an option to revert to a start menu on a non touch device.

RE: ooooo
By Trisped on 3/23/2012 6:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
Considering that most operating systems run slower then their predecessors I would give a tentative yes, you should be at least a little impressed.

As for the start menu, there apparently is a hack already at Personally I do not see the point if the start page does pretty much all the same stuff.

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