Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 Benchmarks: Microsoft's Latest OS Put to the Test

By Julio Franco ยท 119 replies
Aug 15, 2012
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  1. I have a Dell XPS 15 L502x with an OCZ Vertex 4 with both systems... and believe me the difference on booting and shutting down are really big. As for gaming, I was playing (the unstable) alice madness return with the same configuration files and I had a boost of 10 frames, in heavy parts like the market or when you meet the white cat it gets 60 solid frames, that's on windows 8. With Windows 7 those parts are choppy and drops to 45 frames... so windows 8 has a better performance. That's the benefit even with the unusable metro boot screen and the non existing Start orb.

    Hope it helps.
  2. What are the versions of Win 7 and Win 8? 32 or 64-bit? Are both on clean, new installs?
  3. Why no Win 8 IE9 and Excel 2010 tests?
  4. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    There is no more 32-bit with Windows 8, it's 64-bit only.
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,674   +990

    Both are clean installs. We are running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit. Windows 8 is the Pro version (64-bit).

    Obviously Steve was extremely busy putting the article together and some tests were not done in time for publishing. I hope we can add other browsers to the browser performance tests as well as wake up from sleep comparisons.
  6. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    Even if Win 8 ran twice as fast, I'd still prefer Win 7 over it.

    The Metro interface is a killing "feature" to me. It kills my will to install the new OS.

    And now, seeing the benches, the 1-2fps difference in the games make me happier to stick with Windows 7!
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Thanks for the review - very timely and interesting. In a nutshell, beyond the boot times, performance is close enough that if you move to MS 8, it's pretty much only because you prefer that UI.
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    Why no AMD FX tests.
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Or, you know, you might be interested in the improvements to multi-monitor and printer support, File Explorer, Task Manager, backup and restore procedures, parental controls, and power efficiency or new things like Windows To Go, Storage Spaces, Hyper-V, IE10, native ISO/VHD support, less Windows Update-related restarts, improved accessibility features (namely Narrator), integrated malware protection, SkyDrive integration, UEFI support, WDDM/DXGI 1.2 and whatever else I'm missing. Now, I'm not saying everyone should upgrade because Windows 8 is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but let's not imply that there's nothing new except an ugly Start screen and better boot times.
  10. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Everyone's (not talking about Matt) always mean to Tom :(. I like him.
  11. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Someone's a fan.

    I would like to see the same tests also run but on a AMD FX processor. Just like Ike mentioned
  12. There are still 32 bit versions available.
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    Why exactly? What are you expecting to see, or hoping to see?
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    The whole 'booting argument' is null for me. Windows 7 is up and down in under 5 seconds using standby...
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    The mean part of me wants to say why bother? Supposedly a limited appeal OS combined with a limited appeal platform.
    The enthusiast in me says, there really isn't much difference regardless of CPU. AMD's viral marketing teams promise of massive performance gains using (Win8's) better thread scheduling was debunked some time ago....largely borne out in articles such as HH's Win8+FX-6100 article.
    As for graphics based testing, you're not going to get a complete picture until benchmark/game code is optimized for the OS. Some might remember that when Win8 originally dropped, 3DMark Vantage (as well as SYSMark 2007 if I remember correctly) would not even run when used with an FX CPU
  16. To each his own, I like the win8 UI and the best part is that it feels quicker and snappier in daily use. To be honest, why people hate win8 UI is just mind blowing to me. If I didn't have internet, I'd think that everyone loves it and will switch to it as soon as possible. Is it a "Microsoft is an evil empire and it threw this Metro in their pathetic hopes that we will like them, but we won't because we're not with the mainstream" syndrome? Is it because most people haven't tried it and don't know you can avoid Metro almost entirely? They don't know they can right-click on the bottom left screen to access the somewhat improved "start menu" ? Or maybe learning several new ways to find things on windows has overburdened the less trained minds? Anyways, sorry for flaming, it's just that I'm just a simple guy who simply loves win8 and who's nose wrinkles every time he has to use win7 again. Btw just installed win8 on an old dv6000 laptop and it feels like internet browsing speed has doubled. Recommended.
  17. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,472   +377

    While I won't be upgrading my current systems any time soon, I do intend to get a new laptop (or at the very least, the Surface Pro when it comes out) so I'll be giving 8 an honest hands on try then. Good to see I won't be hurting performance wise.
  18. PC EliTiST

    PC EliTiST TS Enthusiast Posts: 51   +7

    ha! 3D Mark 11 gives Win 8 slightly less points. This can be "fixed" in the future with an agreement -under the table- I guess.

    Don't start wondering if we see 500 points for Win 8 in a while.
  19. but does all this warrant an upgrade if u already have Windows 7
  20. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    How is he a "fan" for outlining the documented, proven improvements 8 has over 7? I mean, is the (presumable) hate towards 8 that blind?
  21. I take these tests with a grain of salt. 1st, how many users out there actually run the best and fastest hardware on the market? Not many can afford it, or won't 2nd, several of the test should not even be included because they don't include similar software. What was even the point of putting up the Excel test when running 2013 vs. 2010? The whole point of the test were to test the SAME software on the different OS's. Come back with a more mainstream box and test the SAME software versions and maybe you'll have a more credible article. Until then, take this garbage down. No point in wasting the time reading it.
  22. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    You are right, thank you for the correction.
  23. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    What I want to know, is why in the world you'd have a system this powerful with the 1TB mechanical drive as your OS drive and the 256GB SSD as your secondary, data drive? Isn't that the exact opposite of how every enthusiast has their system configured?

    Also, why not compare Chrome on Windows 7 to Chrome on Windows 8 if you're comparing IE on both platforms?

    Still, very informative article and it reflects my real world experience. I have a friend running Windows 8 on a lowly Acer AMD POS tablet and it freaking flies. Running through a VM on my Windows 7 box results in no perceptible lag like my Windows 7 VM.
  24. I've been using it, it feels faster and more polished. Startup time is really noticeable, mine boots up in around 5 seconds. It actually takes longer to get to the Windows logo for me.

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