Improves boot up and shutdown times, no 'tangible' performance differences while gaming or other stuff.
TechSpot grabbed the RTM version of Windows 8, and tested various aspects of the OS. Find out the results inside!
Website TechSpot has grabbed the RTM version of Windows 8, measuring and testing the performance of various aspects of the upcoming OS including: boot up and shutdown times, file copying, encoding, browsing, gaming and some synthetic benchmarks.
Here are some of the key results:
- System used.
- Boot Up, PCMark, Browser, Encoding.The following benchmarks were conducted using our high-end test system which features the Intel Core i7-3960X processor, 16GB of DDR3-1866 memory and a GeForce GTX 670 graphics card, all on the new Asrock X79 Extreme11 motherboard. The primary drive used was the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB, while the Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 256GB SSD was used for the AS SSD Benchmark and Windows Explorer tests.
- Excel, File Copy, Gaming.
And finally, here's what they've concluded, based on the above results:
So, there you go. What do you think?Microsoft seemed to hit full stride with Windows 7, developing a fast and efficient operating system. Thankfully it seems Windows 8 continues to build on that pattern as we found it to be on par with and ocassionally faster than 7.
The improvements that have been made to startup and shutdown times are self-evident, and no doubt a major focus on the new OS' development as this will particularly benefit laptop and tablet users. Another notable improvement was seen in multimedia performance. This was first observed when running PCMark 7 and later confirmed when we ran x264 HD Benchmark 5.0 and our HandBrake encoding test.
Most of the other tests saw little to no difference between the two operating systems. This was especially true for the gaming benchmarks, but most surprising on the IE tests which we figured would have shown a big advantage for IE10, but not so.
Looking beyond benchmarks, Windows 8 appears more polished than Windows 7, even if you plan to live on the desktop and aren't too fond of the Start screen, general usage is smoother and appears to be faster on Windows 8, which I found most noticeable on our somewhat underpowered Athlon II X4 system. If anything, it's a great start, now the Metro/Modern style will have to prove itself as a cross-platform OS that marries desktop, laptop and tablet PCs.
You can read the full article at the link below, where you'll also find a few more benchmarks made, but this time on a "Budget" system (showing similar results, though).
NEWS SOURCE: Windows8 vs Windows7 (via) TechSpot
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