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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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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.

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