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In the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8, Microsoft has implemented scads of changes to improve the operating system's performance and responsiveness. To wit: The DirectX programming interface adds more robust 2D functionality, and in Windows 8 it helps render all desktop windows, and even accelerates the new Start screen.

We applaud windows that pop up faster, and we appreciate how applications like Word scroll more smoothly. But what do all the under-the-hood Windows 8 changes mean for PC games? Although my subjective gaming experiences have been positive, I wanted hard data. So I took a moderately high-end (and home-made) gaming PC, played some games, and ran a bunch of performance tests to determine the differences in gaming performance between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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post #2 of 27
The Shogun results are bizarre.
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The Shogun results are bizarre.

Shogun 2 has basically single threaded CPU usage. Isn't there some sort of CPU scheduler fix with Windows 8? Could that explain the performance difference?
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Shogun 2 has basically single threaded CPU usage. Isn't there some sort of CPU scheduler fix with Windows 8? Could that explain the performance difference?

There has to be some sort of error on their part, techpowerup benchmarked Shogun 2 as well on their Windows 8 performance article, and the results were practically the same between the 2 OS.
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Shogun 2 has basically single threaded CPU usage. Isn't there some sort of CPU scheduler fix with Windows 8? Could that explain the performance difference?

For Bulldozer, yeah. Most sites do multiple runs through a benchmark to negate outliers like this...
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thank you for link to this article! will be reading soon, interested in DX11 improvements and benchmarks of win7 vs win8.
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What about the new Windows display model?
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post #8 of 27
huh, so ... well ... except for Shogun 2 the results of comparison are so so thus far. I believe it will all change to better when nvidia releases better drivers for win8 environment and after win8 gets the SP1 fixing most of the problems discovered down the road... it still looks promising as is though.
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So, basically, no need to upgrade this time around. Got it redface.gif
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as Windows 8 drivers get better the gap may get bigger
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