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It seems that people are always saying the newer OS runs faster. I decided to do some quick benchmarks on my brother's rig to see if that is the case.

Test rig:

e3400 @ 3.7 GHz
4 gigs ram
8800 gts 320 mb

Test game: Blacklight Retribution "Training room" (CPU bottlenecked in this scenario)

Did a clean install for each OS and used 304.79 BETA drivers. Used Fraps benchmark tool and did the benchmark 3 times for each OS.

Results:

Windows XP SP3 32-bit: 193 FPS average
Windows 7 SP1 64-bit: 145 FPS average
Windows 8 RTM 32-bit: 139 FPS average

Max/min fps were all about 30-40 FPS above/below average FPS.

Conclusion: I'm not sure what the results are for GPU bottlenecks, but if you are CPU bottlenecked and your PC is older, then Windows XP is the way to go.
Edited by tahayassen - 8/10/12 at 3:15pm
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Interesting... I always was under the impression that Windows 7 yielded the best gaming performance, irregardless of system specs and/or bottlenecks. I would be interested in seeing the results on other games as well. Any possibility of seeing that?
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Wow pretty interesting.. and here I thought W7 was the best optimized for gaming.
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Windows 7 IS the best optimized for gaming, in DX10 and 11. But that's only due to Win XP not supporting it. Not surprising at all to me, WIn XP was awesome.
 
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Skyrim runs massively better on win8 compared to XP here.
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Skyrim runs massively better on win8 compared to XP here.

How is 8 it compared to 7?
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I'll do the same benchmarks on my main rig. Suggest some games for me to benchmark and when I have enough games, I'll do it and share the results.

By the way, BLR was run in DX9 mode in each OS.
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I'll do the same benchmarks on my main rig. Suggest some games for me to benchmark and when I have enough games, I'll do it and share the results.
By the way, BLR was run in DX9 mode in each OS.

I would definitely like to see some DX11 games like BF3 or Crysis 2.
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Based on the Crysis test it looks like DX10 is better by a pretty significant margin.
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