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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 04:13 PM - Thread Starter
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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.

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e3400 @ 3.7 GHz
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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.

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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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