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#1 kiddingguy

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:20

Several sites mention there is practically no difference in gaming experience between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

My question to you guys is: is there a difference? noticeable? and is it preferable to upgrade for gaming-sake?
(and not for better performance and memory management, boot time increases etc already in Windows 8)


#2 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:20

IIRC DX11.1 is only available for windows 8?

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:21

not really, at most you get maybe 1-5 more fps

not really anything noticeable in most cases

#4 Shaun N.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:21

Yes DX11.1 is for Win 8 only, I have been using Win 8 primarilly since its release and can't say I've noticed any difference.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:23

IIRC DX11.1 is only available for windows 8?

game devs have hardly started touching directx 11 and have just began taking real advantage of directx 10
directx 11.1 i wouldn't really say is a selling point at this point in time

#6 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:25

game devs have hardly started touching directx 11 and have just began taking real advantage of directx 10
directx 11.1 i wouldn't really say is a selling point at this point in time

Crysis 3 !

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:31

Crysis 3 !

crysis has always been about trying to push the boundaries though
most other AAA titles are still using directx 9 as the base and adding in a little directx 10/11 as an afterthought

some companies are starting to announce they're gonna drop directx 9 support soon though thankfully

#8 TheExperiment

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 20:34

crysis has always been about trying to push the boundaries though
most other AAA titles are still using directx 9 as the base and adding in a little directx 10/11 as an afterthought

some companies are starting to announce they're gonna drop directx 9 support soon though thankfully

They already did. Even Activision finally released one without dx9.

ZeniMaxx is the only major one left that I can tell still releasing dx9 games.

Several sites mention there is practically no difference in gaming experience between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

My question to you guys is: is there a difference? noticeable? and is it preferable to upgrade for gaming-sake?
(and not for better performance and memory management, boot time increases etc already in Windows 8)

Load times do seem improved for gaming in W8, but performance on a same app basis won't be much different.

#9 Max Norris

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 21:01

For my hardware, it feels like stuff does load a tad faster, could be placebo, never actually timed it. FPS wise, it's pretty much the same, plus or minus a couple depending on the program. Haven't run into anything that doesn't work. Pretty much the only noticeable difference is how stuff is launched, after that, nada.

#10 Yusuf M.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 21:13

The only difference for gaming is full support for DirectX11.1. Some features will be made available for Windows 7 with a platform update (see here). At the moment, no games support it so it isn't worth upgrading to Windows 8 only for DX11.1.

#11 The Dingus Diddler

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 21:19

I've had 8 installed on my desktop since the Dev Preview, as expected it was a little bit buggy then but ever since the Consumer Preview I've noticed no difference at all. Was playing Guild Wars 2 on my friends desktop running 7 and thought it looked a little less smooth but to be honest that could just have been in my head so I'd just go with whatever OS you preferred.

#12 ]SK[

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 21:59

GW2 felt quicker for me after Windows 8. I can't confirm that it did though sorry. Certainly boots quicker.

#13 +Bryan R.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:00

Yes or no? Yes.

#14 Raa

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:06

Parts of DX11.1 are coming to Windows 7.
From what i've seen, I haven't noticed any major differences. I'll stick with 7 for now.

#15 Vasya_Vodochkin

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:10

Yes. Found Start Screen very useful for sorting gaming-related tools. Also all of performance stuff.