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#16 daniel_rh

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:17

I don't see the reason why Windows 8 has problems with games


#17 PGHammer

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:31

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.


I have one MAJOR reason that I prefer Windows 8 over any other Windows for non-browser-based gaming - and it's not DirectX versions or frame rates.

It's called (amazingly) stability.

Games simply crash less (far less) on Windows 8 than on earlier versions of Windows - even games that predate Windows 8 by several years.

Okay - why is browser-based gaming the exception? Easily explained; for some reason, Adobe Flash has issues with desktop flavors of Windows (regardless of browser) when it comes to stability. For browser-based gaming, the best Windows IMHO is (egads) *Windows Server 2012*.

#18 TheExperiment

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:32

http://techreport.co...le-in-windows-8
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Trouble is, that doesn't really matter. A moral victory in the borderline-meaningless FPS sweeps doesn't overcome the fact that the Radeon HD 7950 has a persistent problem with high-latency frames across a range of test scenarios based on the latest games. The 99th-percentile frame times reflect that reality. Our latest round of tests shows that Windows 8 is not the problem. On the contrary, Windows 8 generally improves the latency picture somewhat.

Except in AC3, 8 offers smoother gameplay for the 7950 in pretty much everything they tested.

#19 n_K

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:38

Games simply crash less (far less) on Windows 8 than on earlier versions of Windows - even games that predate Windows 8 by several years.

Eh? Been a long time since I used windows but back when I did (xp/7) I never really remember many game crashes at all.

#20 threetonesun

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 22:42

Yeah... I can't imagine many reasons why 8 would be more stabile than 7 for gaming.

But, I've been using it for a while now, works fine.

#21 .stan

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 23:04

The only game I have problems with is Batman Arkham City, everything else works fine :)

#22 OP kiddingguy

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 23:32

I don't do DX 11.1 gaming at the moment... it's kinda 50-50 around here with games on Windows 8.
Right?
Too bad I didn't make a poll of this......

#23 aionaddict

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:29

Seems like loading times are definitely faster on Windows 8 on my few year old pc, I think there is a slight boost on min fps as well but overall they are more or less the same now the Win 8 drivers are maturing.

#24 Spartan Erik

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:51

No difference. Using Windows 8 just because it boots up faster, and generally feels faster than Windows 7, but as far as FPS improvements I haven't noticed any.

#25 Riva

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:06

Don't see the difference anymore. Was a bit crap in the beginning when drivers needed ironing out but now everything is the same. This is my spec
Windows 8 x64 PRO (UEFI, Secure Boot)
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
CPU: Intel i7-3930K 3.2GHz (12-core LGA2011)
RAM: 32GB DDR3 Quad Channel 1600MHz
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6990
Sound: ASUS ROG Phoebus
Hard Disk: SATA III SSD @ 256GB

#26 OP kiddingguy

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 13:21

So basically it's just a matter of preference to have Windows 8 installed instead of Windows 7 on a gaming rig
(performance-wise is Win 8 slightly faster I guess)

#27 Setnom

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 13:42

Windows 8 or Windows 7, doesn't matter, they're virtually the same regarding games. About DX11.1: it isn't all that much of an improvement, it's basically more stuff for 3D gaming.

#28 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 13:47

So basically it's just a matter of preference to have Windows 8 installed instead of Windows 7 on a gaming rig
(performance-wise is Win 8 slightly faster I guess)


Yup. Windows 8 is fractionally faster in some games, while some older games show some performance drops - there's no meaningful difference.

#29 OP kiddingguy

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 17:10

I guess I'm sticking to Windows 7 on my gaming PC for some time...

#30 syobon999

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 22:36

Windows 8 is somehow considerable faster in some games that make heavy use of scripts, like Civilization IV.



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