Windows 8 Versus Windows 7: Game Performance, Benchmarked

Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a fairly platform-bound title, and changes to the graphics subsystems in Windows 8 don't affect performance at all in our benchmark.

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  • saintjimmy
    I still plan on sticking with Windows 7 for a few more years...
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  • mubin
    Only the fast boot time is noticeable in win 8. But still win7 is great and i love it as its 1years+ old running in my system, no crash, still fast.
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  • ojas
    Hmmm...wasn't expecting anything else.

    No compelling reason to upgrade for me yet.

    Windows NT 7 is where it's at. B-)


    EDIT: I KNOW Vista, 7 & 8 are NT 6.
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  • mubin
    Only the fast boot time is noticeable in win 8. But still win7 is great and i love it as its 1years+ old running in my system, no crash, still fast.
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  • steve360
    Another reason NOT to buy Windows 8...I mean Windows Vista 2.
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  • dragonsqrrl
    It's good to see that there aren't any major performance deficits when moving to Windows 8, like some past Microsoft OS's. For the most part everything looks to be within the margin of error.
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  • saintjimmy
    I still plan on sticking with Windows 7 for a few more years...
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  • dragonsqrrl
    steve360Another reason NOT to buy Windows 8...I mean Windows Vista 2.

    And what reason is that? It seems pretty positive from a performance standpoint, which was the purpose of this article.
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  • ojas
    Hmmm...wasn't expecting anything else.

    No compelling reason to upgrade for me yet.

    Windows NT 7 is where it's at. B-)


    EDIT: I KNOW Vista, 7 & 8 are NT 6.
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  • lockhrt999
    My current win7 installation is more than 2 years old. I never used windows installations that are older than 4-5 months. Yes, win7 ages too but it's too slow and well managed compared to old windows OS.

    And yes win8 has better RAM and processor management as touted, but then you lose more time navigating through blocky interface. You complete your work a 3 seconds more with win8 but you had taken 5 more seconds to start that program from blocky interface.
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  • mafisometal
    lockhrt999My current win7 installation is more than 2 years old. I never used windows installations that are older than 4-5 months. Yes, win7 ages too but it's too slow and well managed compared to old windows OS.And yes win8 has better RAM and processor management as touted, but then you lose more time navigating through blocky interface. You complete your work a 3 seconds more with win8 but you had taken 5 more seconds to start that program from blocky interface.


    You do know that you can use a program called Star8 by StarDock to get your desktop and toolbar back...it works quite well, no problems over here.
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  • A Bad Day
    mafisometalYou do know that you can use a program called Star8 by StarDock to get your desktop and toolbar back...it works quite well, no problems over here.


    The problem is that Star8 and other 3rd-party tools haven't been able to fully replicate Win7's Start function.
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  • Anonymous
    looks like M$ is going the route of Apple and making a idiot proof OS, which is, well, good for IDIOTS :) anyone who actually wants to more than check email and play a game needs to stick to windows 7
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  • agnickolov
    Seems like DirectX 11 only testing. What about DirectX 9?
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  • killerclick
    Another myth busted. Even the faster boot times are about making tradeoffs.
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  • agnickolov
    ojasHmmm...wasn't expecting anything else.No compelling reason to upgrade for me yet.Windows NT 7 is where it's at. B-)

    Well, Windows 7 is actually NT 6.1, while Windows 8 is NT 6.2...
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  • Anonymous
    laugh, windows 8 works fine and i love it on my 50" bigscreen. enjoy your small Start menu.
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  • mykebrian
    what i really don't like on windows 8 is just the start menu. i hope they'll introduce an option if you want to have the metro style or the windows 7 style.
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  • wildkitten
    The main concern over Win8 is the question that is still unresolved...what is MS's approach to their Windows Store going to be. If they intend to try to close off outside development, well, it will kill Windows. What they need to do is come out and answer the question one way or another or else Win8 may very flop to begin with.

    I'm still confused about the interface and UI. Some articles say MS is trying to make it hard to have a classic desktop yet I've seen articles with screenshots showing a very Windows 7 like desktop.
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  • tomfreak
    lol I am pretty sure I get more performance upgrading RAM than paying upgrade cost to upgrade from win7.
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  • ojas
    agnickolovWell, Windows 7 is actually NT 6.1, while Windows 8 is NT 6.2...



    I meant Win NT 7 when it releases.
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  • Bloob
    wildkittenThe main concern over Win8 is the question that is still unresolved...what is MS's approach to their Windows Store going to be. If they intend to try to close off outside development, well, it will kill Windows. What they need to do is come out and answer the question one way or another or else Win8 may very flop to begin with.I'm still confused about the interface and UI. Some articles say MS is trying to make it hard to have a classic desktop yet I've seen articles with screenshots showing a very Windows 7 like desktop.


    Win 8 is pretty much identical to Win 7, Start menu has just been replaced with Start screen. Win RT does not allow applications to be installed to desktop ( people would just get confused why their x86 applications don't work on ARM ). Every store that currently works on Win 7, will work on Win 8.
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  • Todd Sauve
    I've been using the Win 8 Release Candidate for several months now on a spare PC I built out of used parts, with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ CPU and 2 gigs of RAM. It works fine, though I hate the new interface and use the free Start8 utility to do away with it.

    After all is said and done I find that the only real advantage it has over Win 7 is that it starts and closes faster.

    To which I must conclude "So what?"

    If that is all there is to Win 8 I will gladly keep Win 7 and save myself a lot of aggravation and money.
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