Windows 8 Bests Windows 7 in Most Performance Benchmarks
March 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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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
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.
reports that the consumer preview of Windows 8 was generally faster, and often much faster, than Windows 7.
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.
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RE: Skip this OS?
3/24/2012 2:21:09 AM
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.
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