.

13 replies [Last post]
Zanfrodo
Offline
Joined: 08/16/2012
Posts: 3

.

Prophet4NO1
Offline
Joined: 09/13/2010
Posts: 196

Seems about the same as Win7 with the preview version. Have not tried it since going to triple screens though.

dsimion
Offline
Joined: 08/16/2012
Posts: 20

Games played fine in windows 8. I just dont like the tablet feel of the OS though. Takes awhile to get used to it on a desktop.

The_Thang
The_Thang's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/10/2012
Posts: 6

To me, Windows 8 will be the most disastrous thing to ever hit the PC market. Bringing Xbox games to the PC is a bad move. I thought using a controller to play my Steam games was okay, but this is just outrageous. I would prefer to buy Valve's Steambox when it comes out than rely on Windows 8 and Xbox games.

Microsoft is taking it too far.

eire1274
eire1274's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/12/2003
Posts: 1154

On the other hand, imagine being able to play your XBox games on the bigscreen, then pack up your laptop and a controller and pick up your save files on the go. We've been asking for portability like that for ever!

The Metro interface is, yes, very touch oriented, almost Android-ish (same thing as on the Windows phone), but in reality I never had any issues snapping over to the desktop. In fact, the retail version (perhaps this is even possible on the RTM downloadable) can be configured to boot directly to the desktop.

Memory management on Win8 is even a little cleaner than Win7, and light-years beyond Vista. A 2-meg system can boot most average-level games very quickly, as the OS gadgets pop back into virtual memory. Heavier games of course still benefit from greater memory, same as Win7.

I think Win8 is just an uncomfortable change for a lot of us, the biggest since Windows 95 was introduced, but behind the scenes it is a fairly neat and stable OS. And, well, it's been done, so we're going to have to adapt. Micro$oft doesn't go backwards.

Nick McDermott

Prophet4NO1
Offline
Joined: 09/13/2010
Posts: 196

I have been playing with it. Works fine. Don't miss the start button since hitting windows key and typing works just like it did in win7. It takes me a hell of a lot longer using the start menu to find anything. Some games seem to play a tad faster in win8 too. Might be from the lower workload from the OS, but not sure.

omegadoom13
Offline
Joined: 09/20/2011
Posts: 53

I'm curious as to how much better games will run on the AMD FX *Bulldozer platform in Windows 8.

eire1274
eire1274's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/12/2003
Posts: 1154

From the developers preview, we were seeing as much as a 15-20% improvement in general processing on the 8-core FX chips. I don't have one in my personal lab (*sad*) right now, so there hasn't been an opportunity to try out the RTM release, but I WILL be doing a retail release upgrade on an FX-8150 so I will gather some data then.

Supposedly, under Adobe Premier, the video rendering beats the general increase by double, thanks to Win8's smarter multi-core pairing structure, and as a video builder myself this has me all ready to start buying!

Nick McDermott

Prophet4NO1
Offline
Joined: 09/13/2010
Posts: 196

I would not expect much from the AMD chips for gaming. From those I have talked to running full versions for testing and also on the CP version, games do not gain a lot from Win8. The reason is most games only use 2-3 threads so the main problem for AMD is still the same, single thread performance is much lower than Intel. So, for now, no real gains have been seen aside from BF3 and a couple others that can use 6 or more threads. Now things may change next year as we see more titles come out and as the next set of consoles hit. The new consoles are supposedly going to have large core counts in the CPU, so the engines being made will have better multicore utilization. Weather a PC title from the ground up or a port, they should all start taking more advantage of multicore CPU's in the next few years.

eire1274
eire1274's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/12/2003
Posts: 1154

Granted, the FX series wasn't designed for gaming. AMDs focus was inexpensive components for high-throttle computing.

However, a friend of mine has an FX-8120, watercooled and overclocked to 4.5Ghz, and there isn't a title on the market he can't run perfectly. Yes, an Ivy Bridge i5 or i7 could beat him in gaming performance, but it is not (with current titles) much of a human-viewable change.

Sure, everyone will have a different viewpoint, though. Welcome to opinion-ville.

Windows 8 does show a lot of promise with newer equipment, though.

Nick McDermott

Prophet4NO1
Offline
Joined: 09/13/2010
Posts: 196

I have seen no testing with server hardware of any kind.

macavelly
macavelly's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/17/2012
Posts: 10

Well I have recently installed the windows 8 consumer preview and I have to say Metro is going to take some getting use to. I think apple had the right idea of doing separate OSes for computer and tablets. As for gaming on the Win 8, it works the same a Win 7. But as always with Win OSes i'm expecting a lot of bugs when its officially out.

omegadoom13
Offline
Joined: 09/20/2011
Posts: 53

I recall skimming an article or two on Maximum PC, and they found a very minor improvement in FPS rates for some current game titles. They concluded gaming performance would be about the same on Windows 8 as it is on Windows 7.

Petertherock18
Offline
Joined: 10/04/2012
Posts: 22

Personally I believe actual game play will be the same and you would really only have to keep your drivers for video cards etc up to date. Doubt any real changes will take place. Try running a virtual machine on it and see.