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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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How Real People Will Use Windows 8
By Tony Swash on 3/23/2012 12:51:43 PM , Rating: 0

I wonder if Windows 8 might turn out to be the most complex suicide note ever written?

RE: How Real People Will Use Windows 8
By kleinma on 3/23/2012 1:13:54 PM , Rating: 5
Wow, anti Microsoft drivel from Tony Swash.. who would have guessed it.

I got news for you... the same types of people have the same hard time figuring out how to work their mac and iphone... I see it day in and day out, as I support both PC and Mac.

RE: How Real People Will Use Windows 8
By Tony Swash on 3/23/12, Rating: 0
By kleinma on 3/23/2012 5:00:47 PM , Rating: 2
Calm? Did I seem angry?

I will believe your sentiment was not anti-microsoft when you post a comment where you declare Apple is commiting corporate suicide with their next OSX release...

Actually I will believe you when you make any comment that presents anything made in Cupertino in a negative light. Ball's in your court ;)

By BansheeX on 3/23/2012 6:25:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm no Apple fan, but I'm with the old dude. Basically, you have to switch between two screens now, the desktop no longer servers a purpose, it's just a vacant unused space or something. Why is metro better or faster, has anyone tried to explain that?

I think Microsoft execs told their teams that circles wouldn't sell anymore and to make something more round, and this is what they came up with. Microsoft has a tall task if they want to sell new operating systems every few years, the interface has gotten so refined that there is no way to improve it, so now they're just hiding stuff and moving it around and calling it innovation.

By nafhan on 3/23/2012 10:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, old people who are not technologically inclined aren't great with technology. Incredible revelation. This one was funnier, though:

By Uncle on 3/23/2012 1:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
Hang on bud, looks like we can go back to 4 g ram instead of 16 to 32. The industry keeps us spending more on less.:) Makes me wonder if the coding is such that if your OS sees so much memory it slows down, same way the video card makers played it a few years back and got caught,whereby if you had "The way its meant to be played" green card it would throttle down your game play if you used the red card.I wouldn't put it past any of these guys to inject that into their coding, if it helps sales. As it is now most penalties are always less then the profits made. Most adults know how the game is played and ignore these numbers. These numbers are for the new consumers who don't know better.

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