AMD Fx-8350: Stick with W7 Ultimate or Upgrade to W8.1

Like the title states, I currently have the FX-8350 running at 4.5ghz @ stock voltage on Windows 7 Ultimate. It's running great at the moment, but I have read that Windows 8.1 is able to utilize all 8 cores much more efficiently than Windows 7, thus resulting in better overall as well as gaming performance?

How much truth is in these claims, and is it worth the upgrade?

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  1. Trust me, its worth the upgrade.
  2. In my experience, 8 or 8.1 is, as far as desktop usage with classic shell, significantly faster. Games on the other hand, I would say best case scenario is maybe a 5% improvement. Realistically, I haven't noticed any discernible difference.

    My system is an 8350 @ 5.1Ghz, Sabertooth 990FX R2.0, R9 290 @ 1250/1600, Kingston Hyper X 3K 120GB SSD and 16GB of Crucial1866 DDR3.
  3. Interesting points. But on the issue of Windows 8 utilizing all 8 cores to their potential, that is a true statement?
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    There is a boost in performance, however you probably wouldn't utilize all the cores even if the OS allowed.

    You'll mainly see improvements in video editing and such, not so much for gaming.

    I run 8.1 and in my opinion if you were fresh installing an OS, get 8.1. If you already have 7 and everything works great, there's not much reason to upgrade.

    It is true that Windows 8 will utilize the cores BETTER, not necessarily to their maximum potential. This mainly applies to the FX series.
  5. Ok so I'll just stick with my Windows 7 Ultimate then.
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