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What OS do you game on? (second attempt)

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What OS do you game on?

Total: 47 votes (4 blank votes)

  • Windows 7 64
  • 66 %
  • Windows 7 32
  • 7 %
  • Windows Vista 64
  • 7 %
  • Windows Vista 32
  • 7 %
  • Windows XP 64
  • 0 %
  • Windows XP 32
  • 14 %
  • Windows 9x (emulated or native)
  • 0 %
  • Mac OSX
  • 0 %
  • Linux 2.4
  • 0 %
  • Linux 2.6
  • 0 %
February 24, 2010 7:13:42 PM

Second attempt. Something went wrong with the first one. Sorry bout that. Too bad I ain't permitted to delete or repair the broken poll.

Anyhow - what system are you gaming on?

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February 24, 2010 7:53:26 PM

You probably could have consolidated everything but XP32, Vista and 7 into an "other" category.

Anyways I'm still on Vista64 waiting for some incentive to switch to 7. But I'm mostly interested in seeing how many XP holdouts there still are. Man they were a rabid bunch a couple of years ago when ever anybody suggested anything beyond XP was good for gaming (namely Vista).
February 24, 2010 7:56:49 PM

I would prefer to game on XP because it is still the fastest OS around (fact) but it doesnt do everything i want like win7 64 does. so win7 it is.
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February 24, 2010 8:01:42 PM

JDV28 said:
I would prefer to game on XP because it is still the fastest OS around (fact) but it doesnt do everything i want like win7 64 does. so win7 it is.

True as long as you are not using an old phenom (better task scheduling in vista) or more than 4gb memory (file cache mangement in win 7 owns with 12gb memory). Also to me it seems win 7 does a better job at handling serveral heavy applications at once (like wow and burnout paradise running simultanously) than xp. But yes for only a single game xp is better.
February 24, 2010 8:15:12 PM

JDV28 said:
I would prefer to game on XP because it is still the fastest OS around (fact) but it doesnt do everything i want like win7 64 does. so win7 it is.

That's a bit too broad of a statement to simply declare as fact.
February 24, 2010 9:01:37 PM

purplerat said:
That's a bit too broad of a statement to simply declare as fact.

But he's right as far as benchmarks go. They don't account for upcomming games with multicore support and ability to use more than 2gb memory though, nor do they consider using more apps at once or how performance on xp degrades badly after you've installed the 90 patches you need AFTER xp sp3
February 24, 2010 9:10:34 PM

Yup, i remember an article not too long ago that shocked all the vista users saying that XP is still the fastest OS, i know its broad, but in terms of benchmarks, it wins. It is old now and im sure microsoft is trying to sweep XP and vista under the carpet now.
February 24, 2010 9:38:13 PM

Vista here, no real need to upgrade to win7.
February 24, 2010 10:28:30 PM

Win7 64bit. Upgraded when they had their get Win7 for 49.99 promotion @ amazon.com
February 24, 2010 11:52:19 PM

neiroatopelcc said:
But he's right as far as benchmarks go. They don't account for upcomming games with multicore support and ability to use more than 2gb memory though, nor do they consider using more apps at once or how performance on xp degrades badly after you've installed the 90 patches you need AFTER xp sp3

Really? I remember looking at a lot of bench marks some while ago just between Vista and XP and in real world gaming it was mixed and depended on the game and settings. I just looked up some more recent test comparing 7 as well and it's still mixed.

http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/24632-gaming-performance-windows-7-vs-vista-vs-xp
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/windows_7_gaming_performance/page6.asp
February 25, 2010 12:02:26 AM

I have 7Ultimate, but I have a unique situation, my wife is Chinese, and it does multi language real good, but XP is still strong, real strong
February 25, 2010 12:12:54 AM

purplerat said:
Really? I remember looking at a lot of bench marks some while ago just between Vista and XP and in real world gaming it was mixed and depended on the game and settings. I just looked up some more recent test comparing 7 as well and it's still mixed.

http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/24632-gaming-performance-windows-7-vs-vista-vs-xp
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/windows_7_gaming_performance/page6.asp

But remember, purple, Vista fails at everything. Those benchmarks are assuming that you kill 99% of the 5 million uneeded running tasks and that you work out a few of the billion bugs in the OS.
EDIT: that first link claims that win7 takes almost 70 seconds to boot. what BS is that? i have my laptop dual booting kubuntu and win7 and it doesnt even take 40 seconds and im inside of 7 and working. I dont trust that site now.
February 25, 2010 5:12:29 AM

JDV28 said:
But remember, purple, Vista fails at everything. Those benchmarks are assuming that you kill 99% of the 5 million uneeded running tasks and that you work out a few of the billion bugs in the OS.

:??:  I think you've been listing to Justin Long too much.

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EDIT: that first link claims that win7 takes almost 70 seconds to boot. what BS is that? i have my laptop dual booting kubuntu and win7 and it doesnt even take 40 seconds and im inside of 7 and working. I dont trust that site now.

Check the date, they were running beta. Really I was more interested in the long since proven fact that Vista, for real world gaming performance, is on par or better than XP (and without having to kill process or worry about mythological bugs). I'm just taking it on faith that win7 is better than Vista, especially now that it's been on the market a while.
February 25, 2010 6:15:49 AM

I got the 99 dollar upgrade on Amazon for the Win 7 64bit pro. :)  I love the OS. Back when I had a Core2 duo I tried Vista and had a serious performance drop. I hated it and went right back to XP. Then when I got my I7 i went with Vista for obvious reasons of no quad core support in XP but was never happy with Vista even with the power of my I7. With 7 though...what a change for the better and ya just gota love the new task bar!
February 25, 2010 9:29:11 AM

JDV28 said:
But remember, purple, Vista fails at everything. Those benchmarks are assuming that you kill 99% of the 5 million uneeded running tasks and that you work out a few of the billion bugs in the OS.

That statement alone is nearly worthy of a direct "shut up"
February 25, 2010 9:30:07 AM

Anyways, W7HP64

Upgrade was cheap, my PC was due a good clean, no point in going 32bit any more.
February 25, 2010 11:52:24 AM

Win 7 64 bits. I'm really satisfied.
February 25, 2010 1:04:35 PM

Win 7 64 Enterprise here. Wouldn't have got it except I get it free through my school.
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February 25, 2010 4:25:48 PM

Win XP.

I'm in the process of evaluating Win 7. Installed an old game on it just last night to give it a whirl (X2 - The Threat). Probably load a more modern game or two later on.
February 25, 2010 8:24:08 PM

I moved from Vista 64 to W7 64 at launch, simply because the update deal was too good not to. Step-son still has a gaming PC running Vista 64 and that's serving him fine.

Personally, never had a problem with Vista (ever) and the only issues I've actually witnessed are people running Vista on minimum (or lower) requirements. Stick 1GB on Vista and it'll lag as much as XP does with 256MB! If I'm gaming I wouldn't use a graphics card, CPU or driver from 2002, so why use an OS from then? [end of personal opinion]
February 25, 2010 9:04:04 PM

Confused Stu said:
I moved from Vista 64 to W7 64 at launch, simply because the update deal was too good not to. Step-son still has a gaming PC running Vista 64 and that's serving him fine.

Personally, never had a problem with Vista (ever) and the only issues I've actually witnessed are people running Vista on minimum (or lower) requirements. Stick 1GB on Vista and it'll lag as much as XP does with 256MB! If I'm gaming I wouldn't use a graphics card, CPU or driver from 2002, so why use an OS from then? [end of personal opinion]


Thing is software and hardware have different lifetimes and different paces of being replaced by a superior product.

Going back to the forum topic, I'm still on XP Pro, gaming like hell and with no intention of going up to 7. Not because I'm stubborn, but partly because I don't want the hassle of installing god knows how many games and their patches again, but also because I can't see any "real" reason to. Not really any "killer" features. I mean yeah, it looks nicer, but at the end of the day, if my computer does all I want it to, looking nice is not a necessity, particularly at the expense of my resources.

No doubt there will be some disagreements here though.
February 25, 2010 9:12:03 PM

^ +1 man.
February 25, 2010 9:27:03 PM

ukcal said:
Thing is software and hardware have different lifetimes and different paces of being replaced by a superior product.

Going back to the forum topic, I'm still on XP Pro, gaming like hell and with no intention of going up to 7. Not because I'm stubborn, but partly because I don't want the hassle of installing god knows how many games and their patches again, but also because I can't see any "real" reason to. Not really any "killer" features. I mean yeah, it looks nicer, but at the end of the day, if my computer does all I want it to, looking nice is not a necessity, particularly at the expense of my resources.

No doubt there will be some disagreements here though.

If that's what you currently have and you're happy with it then it makes sense. That's the way I feel about switching from Vista to 7. I got Vista at release for specific reasons but have no reason right now to upgrade so I'll wait until I have a reason. What I don't understand are people who build new systems and choose XP (assuming they have a choice and there are no special circumstances) for gaming because they have antiquated ideas about OSs and gaming. The one that gets me is people who still think you need to turn off every non-essential process or else you'll lose massive performance. It's a complete lack of understanding of modern computing hardware and software. I game on 3 Vista PCs and never worry about turning off processes including Steam, IMs, downloaders, security software or even other games and I get no noticeable performance let down (I have tried going lean to see the difference and it's not noticeable). But yet you still see people make comments like the one I just read in another thread where somebody claimed to keep their gaming PC offline to avoid any additional resource usage. I don't care much for OS fanboism but I do like to educate people on how computers actually work especially when it comes to gaming :) 
February 25, 2010 10:27:03 PM

If you are referring to my post (in which I said something like that somewhere (about the AntiV Software)) I misspoke. I should have said I keep it offline so (a) I don't even have to think about viruses and (b) because the AntiV software I use does something funky to the registry (it grabs my user profile and doesn't give it back to Win7 when shutting down, sometimes resulting in a failed login on reboot). But anyway, I agree completely with you on resource usage. I have seen many times that although Win7/Vista may grab a lot (say 30% of 4GB) of ram at startup, as soon as something needs it the OS happily gives it up.
February 25, 2010 11:18:27 PM

EXT64 said:
If you are referring to my post (in which I said something like that somewhere (about the AntiV Software)) I misspoke. I should have said I keep it offline so (a) I don't even have to think about viruses and (b) because the AntiV software I use does something funky to the registry (it grabs my user profile and doesn't give it back to Win7 when shutting down, sometimes resulting in a failed login on reboot). But anyway, I agree completely with you on resource usage. I have seen many times that although Win7/Vista may grab a lot (say 30% of 4GB) of ram at startup, as soon as something needs it the OS happily gives it up.

Actually I was referring to the guy who posted right after you who cited wanting "No internet and no networks running in the background.". I'm not trying to single anybody out because it's an argument that is made so often that I can understand why a lot of people accept it as truth. It's particularly prevalent in anti-Steam discussions; the idea being that the combination of the Steam app and auto updates of other games will actually impact gameplay performance.

There is a great irony about what you pointed out about Vista/Win7 using so much resources but easily offloading. What happened when Vista came out is that the OS's need for high specs - but playing nice with other resource hungry apps - is that it drove up the minimum specs for general computing. While I can understand why the average/low end user wouldn't and didn't like that, it was actually a great thing for gamers who were already using high end specs. That's because it narrowed the gap between minimum specs and gaming specs both making PC gaming cheaper (hardware wise) and bringing PC gaming closer to the mainstream. Today's entry level PC is really just a $75 GPU away from being a decent gaming rig where as pre-Vista RAM, CPU, HDD, and GPU of entry level machines were to low for gaming.
February 26, 2010 1:49:15 AM

JDV28 said:
I would prefer to game on XP because it is still the fastest OS around (fact) but it doesnt do everything i want like win7 64 does. so win7 it is.


Exactly what is factual about it? I was adamant about not gaming on Vista and was very very weary to migrate over to Windows7 simply because of the gaming issue which I also convinced myself was a "fact" - and then I did go to Windows 7 and with the same hardware (!) my load times decreased, I saw DX10 graphics, and yes, frame-rate increased. I saw faster game installs, never had a game crash (due to bad over-clock yes, but as it turned out it was my error and once I made the correction, it has been rock solid), so spare me the XP love charts and this nonsense that XP is superior to Windows 7! I am not putting down XP, I am just saying that Windows 7 is best for gaming, multimedia, and anything you used your XP machine for. You need to realize that the only "fact" here is that being stuck in the past is just silly!!! :pt1cable: 
February 26, 2010 2:14:19 AM

omnimodis78 said:
Exactly what is factual about it? I was adamant about not gaming on Vista and was very very weary to migrate over to Windows7 simply because of the gaming issue which I also convinced myself was a "fact" - and then I did go to Windows 7 and with the same hardware (!) my load times decreased, I saw DX10 graphics, and yes, frame-rate increased. I saw faster game installs, never had a game crash (due to bad over-clock yes, but as it turned out it was my error and once I made the correction, it has been rock solid), so spare me the XP love charts and this nonsense that XP is superior to Windows 7! I am not putting down XP, I am just saying that Windows 7 is best for gaming, multimedia, and anything you used your XP machine for. You need to realize that the only "fact" here is that being stuck in the past is just silly!!! :pt1cable: 

Maybe you misunderstood me, i love win7 especially for gaming.
March 1, 2010 3:57:13 AM

Holy crap - I really didn't expect the majority to have moved over to Win7 64 like I had.

Nice work guys!! We are the future! lol

love my core i7 btw
March 3, 2010 2:23:36 AM

JDV28 said:
Maybe you misunderstood me, i love win7 especially for gaming.

Ya, looks like I did - my apologies for the rant. :ouch: 
March 3, 2010 2:32:34 PM

Vista ran fine for me, but Windows 7 is definitely better.

I remember when I first went with XP and loved it, yet most people hated it. Funny how that has changed.
March 3, 2010 8:04:17 PM

There isnt anything at all to hate about XP, besides the lack of 64 bit drivers.
March 3, 2010 8:24:23 PM

JDV28 said:
There isnt anything at all to hate about XP, besides the lack of 64 bit drivers.

When it first came out there was plenty to hate
March 3, 2010 8:38:29 PM

like Vista, but no one hated win7 at start because vista was so bad haha
March 3, 2010 11:11:09 PM

JDV28 said:
like Vista, but no one hated win7 at start because vista was so bad haha

Not really. ME actually was a horrible OS and many people still hated XP when it came out. Vista is neither horrible nor hated by people who use it. The only people who really think so are those who get most of the computer knowledge from watching Mac commercials. A big part of win7s success is that Vista was a nice stepping stone that actually worked and also took a lot of the natural beating any OS would after they big a gap from one iteration from another. If Vista really had been as bad as some would like to think then Win7 would have also taken quite a beating even simply as a carry over from Vista.
March 4, 2010 1:27:20 AM

purplerat said:
Not really. ME actually was a horrible OS and many people still hated XP when it came out. Vista is neither horrible nor hated by people who use it. The only people who really think so are those who get most of the computer knowledge from watching Mac commercials. A big part of win7s success is that Vista was a nice stepping stone that actually worked and also took a lot of the natural beating any OS would after they big a gap from one iteration from another. If Vista really had been as bad as some would like to think then Win7 would have also taken quite a beating even simply as a carry over from Vista.


Kind of like how Win95 helped Win98.


March 4, 2010 2:26:03 AM

isamuelson said:
Kind of like how Win95 helped Win98.

exactly
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