Hey look, Win 8.1 is better at something!

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2013 - 01:39 PM |
Tagged: win8, gaming, BF4

[H]ard|OCP found something that Win8.1 can do better than Win7, especially now that the mouse issue is not nearly as pervasive.  As it turns out the current non-Mantle version of Battlefield 4 performs between 3-6% faster when run on a Win8 machine.  While that finding does not imply a huge performance difference they also reported that the video was much smoother when run under Win8 with none of the choppiness that was present under Win7.  Think of the frame pacing examples Ryan has provided as a good demonstration of what they are referring to, though the cause may not be the same.  It will be interesting to see how the Mantle version will perform under both operating systems.

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"Is in-game real world Battlefield 4 gaming performance better on the Windows 8.1 operating system or on Windows 7? We look at video card performance between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in this game and find out if upgrading to Windows 8.1 is worth it or not for the much rumored performance advantage."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

November 27, 2013 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I know what windows 8.1 has done for me, better than any other M$, OS! It has confirmed to me that MS is no longer going to be my first choice for any OS, and that after win 7's EOL, I will be removing the windows dual boot partition, and continuing on with Linux. My current HP laptop model ships with an SKU equivalent with a Linux distro, I have been running a windows 7 pro, "downgrade" on it, and I will be getting the Linux distro an dual booting it with SUSE, or Mint. I can not wait to see what Steam OS, as well as other linux distros, are going to show, especially after mantle is factored in. What will M$ do after the Driect X latest version, carrot on a stick method to attract gamers, is of no use.

3 to 6 percent, is probably inside the margin of error!

November 27, 2013 | 04:48 PM - Posted by iamstarfox

Their testing was flawed. There is a known issue with Battlefield 4 and how Windows 7 handles CPU core parking. Hardocp should have simply unparked the cores on the Win7 test system. The choppiness that they refer to can easily be attributed to them not doing this.

November 28, 2013 | 01:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

With HT capable CPUs, it's still not as smooth with core parking disabled on Win 7 compared to Win 8/8.1. The only way to get the same smoothness on Win 7 is to disable HT in your BIOS.

December 1, 2013 | 11:52 PM - Posted by Dream76 (not verified)

I don't understand the hate in the comments, windows 8.1 runs amazing on my rig... smooth load times, HD streams, while playing games...

and they be not those Flash games nether...

hell i really trying to think the last time i rebooted and it must been with the machine rebooted its self for updates...

December 1, 2013 | 11:54 PM - Posted by Dream76 (not verified)

The way it handles multi-screens is nice too, over 7

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