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kiddingguy    38

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)

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Draconian Guppy    12,627

IIRC DX11.1 is only available for windows 8?

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Brandon H    1,482

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

not really anything noticeable in most cases

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Shaun N.    570

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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Brandon H    1,482

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

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Draconian Guppy    12,627

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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Brandon H    1,482

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

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dwLostCat    998

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.

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Max Norris    2,071

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.

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Yusuf M.    1,353

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.

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Mystic Mungis    678

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.

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]SK[    109

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

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+Bryan R.    1,070

Yes or no? Yes.

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Raa    1,408

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.

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Vasya_Vodochkin    1

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

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daniel_rh    48

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

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PGHammer    239

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*.

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dwLostCat    998

http://techreport.co...le-in-windows-8

On the off chance all you want is a quote

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.

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n_K    1,656

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.

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threetonesun    1,205

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.

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.stan    59

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

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kiddingguy    38

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......

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Jojo81    12

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.

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Spartan Erik    150

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.

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Riva    748

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

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