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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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Skip this OS?
By Falacer on 3/23/2012 10:49:19 AM , Rating: 5
Just going on MS history of OS this is one we should skip and wait for the next one right? No reason I can see to upgrade from Win7.

RE: Skip this OS?
By nafhan on 3/23/2012 11:38:46 AM , Rating: 2
I'd say 8 looks decent. If I get a new system (especially a touchscreen) while it's current I will definitely be running it. I would probably not have said that about Vista.

As far as an upgrade goes... with a couple exceptions, I think there's usually not a good reason to upgrade an MS OS. I update to the most recent OS as part of a new build or purchase; that's it.

RE: Skip this OS?
By geddarkstorm on 3/23/2012 1:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
8 changes a lot more functionality under the hood than 7 did over vista--ignoring metro. It is a bigger and better degree of difference, and definitely worth upgrading. That is if they don't try to force out desktops to be like tablets once the final version of 8 comes out :|

RE: Skip this OS?
By nafhan on 3/23/2012 4:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
I guess we'll just disagree than :)
I don't think that the "under the hood" changes are worthwhile from an upgrade perspective. Basically, I'm not willing to spend $100 on something that will have practically no effect on what I do. Again, I'm not saying anything bad about Windows 8, and there may be people for whom an upgrade would make sense. I just don't think the majority of Windows 7 users fall in that category.

RE: Skip this OS?
By Trisped on 3/23/2012 6:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
Usually I wait a year after the OS launches so they can work out the bugs. The better value is usually in the second version of the product (95 vs 98, 2000 vs XP, Vista vs Win7) but I would say Windows 8 looks like a really nice OS either way.

RE: Skip this OS?
By trisct on 3/26/2012 10:15:02 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I won't be skipping it but probably won't consider it until after SP1. MS beta versions of anything are right out, I've been burned there before (IE9 still has my system messed up).

RE: Skip this OS?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/23/2012 8:26:01 PM , Rating: 2
Unless I'm missing something, it's clear to me that Windows 8 isn't a direct replacement for Windows 7. It seems more like a fork.

I feel like Windows 7 isn't even out of the crib yet, so to speak. I haven't totally made up my mind yet, but I don't see myself going with 8 at this time for desktop use.

RE: Skip this OS?
By Pirks on 3/23/2012 8:43:44 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 isn't a direct replacement for Windows 7. It seems more like a fork
Nah, it's still a replacement because all the desktop functionality is there, even improved in places, it's just that Windows started to migrate into mobile centric direction after Apple, because this is where the money is. I think it will work better for desktop as well as tablets so I'm very likely to replace win7 with 8 on release or soon after. After all I don't have to lose anything since the old desktop is there but I already love useful improvements MS made to file copy, explorer, task manager, IE10, .Net, PDF/ISO support, network stack, Windows app store, etc etc.

Looks like a major architectural upgrade to me, kind of similar to Vista or W2K in scale of major changes, but without all the Vista bloat, rather the opposite.

So a nobrainer for me so far, 8 is a winner. But let's see what the release version looks like, CP still has rough edges, i.e. the boundary between metro and desktop is still hard to navigate for most (lame) users like Chris Pirillo's dad and his ilk.

The way MS chooses to deal with lame users like these will make it or break it as a major OS vendor. We'll see.

RE: Skip this OS?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: Skip this OS?
By Pirks on 3/24/2012 2:21:09 AM , Rating: 2
I'd agree with you but the fact that only the start menu is metrofied makes this totally bearable change. I actually like the fact that the start menu is large now and full of stuff, all these nice tiles and sh1t - this looks and feels good to me. I can use my old desktop like I used to and also reap the benefits of new nicer metrofied start menu. In case if some interesting metro apps appearing I can try them out too, even without touch screen. This seems like a nice transitioning to win8 tablet world for every Windows user out there. Use your old desktop stuff, no problem. Just start learning interface of the future with the metrofied start menu. Once you learn how it works - the rest is piece of cake, then you are hooked on metro, start buying metro apps and tablets - this is what MS wants.

There's no other way out of this, MS has to move forward and how are they supposed to do this without pushing users? Apple pushes its users all the time, they just drop the support for older models and iSheep buy the new ones whenever Cook tells them to. MS wants some of that mojo too, not all the way, not Apple gestapo style but still kind of the same, in a softer wrap you know :)

If MS keeps the same old ways of "good old stuff works, so don't change anything and keep the desktop platform static forever" they risk going into some niche while Apple will grow into an unbeatable monster with the best/largest factories and unending cash supply, and MS doesn't want this to happen. So I think they do the right thing by jumping the gun and driving change quick. Sure users will complain, but then a lot of people will get used to it eventually, and they will always be appalled by the high prices of Macs, so they still have nowhere to go. MS will get them anyway and while at it they will teach them a few metro lessons so then these guys come to the store see iPad and think wtf is this weird UI... and then they see metro tablets and they are like woot this is WINDOZE HOHOHO my baby, I'm buying 'cause I know this UI already.

Lock-in, Reclaimer, lock-in. This is how money is made. You lock users into metro and you sell them tablets later and pwn that nasty iPad in the process. This is probbaly how MS is thinking and I trust Sinofsky enough. I think he's smart and he knows what he's doing.

And... we haven't seen the final release of Win8 yet... and we haven't seen WOA on ARM tablets yet so don't kick the baby yet, give it a few more months to mature. I'll criticize Win8 release with you when it's time (if there will be enough reason to criticize it) but now it's a bit early.

RE: Skip this OS?
By Ammohunt on 3/24/2012 1:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
Metro should be something for tablets that desktop PC users can experience if they wish.

Then you take away the only reason Microsoft has for people to upgrade to 8. My prediction? remember windows ME? while i don't think its going to be such a snafu as ME i think its going to a forgetable OS upgrade and not the OS to have like Windows 7 was i.e. there were more people that went XP-> Win7 then Vista->Win7. Don't understand why Microsoft just didn't roll all these changed into SP2 for Windows 7 since essentially that is all windows 8 is.

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