Windows 8 Consumer Preview, BIG game performance boost.

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    Xuphor I have lied to all of you. I am deeply sorry.

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    The consumer Preview has been out a while now, which is why this isn't USN worthy, but I recently switched over to Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64 bit.

    Computer idiot friendly version:
    http://windows.micro...dows-8/download

    ISO version:
    http://windows.micro...S/windows-8/iso

    Yes, it's 100% legal.

    Please note, it is a cross of a Tablet OS and Windows 7, which takes a lot of time to get used to. However, once you properly configure it to your liking, install the Windows 8 graphics drivers from Nvidia and ATI's websites, and manage to understand the new Start Menu, it's great. One thing I really want to emphasis here is the benefit for gamers. ALL of my games gain a 20-50% FPS boost on the exact same computer form my Windows 7 installation. It doesn't matter if you used max or lowest settings on the games, you will get a significant performance boost. I guess Windows 8 manages resources better. There are a lot of other perks too, like despite I have the same number of icons on Windows 8 as I did on Windows 7, Windows 8 gets to the main screen and fully usable without horrible slowdown within 10 seconds of hitting the power button. Windows 7 takes a good 5 minutes to get that way.

    What does everyone else think of Windows 8?


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    Hmm, maybe I'll install it when I get my new laptop
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    Might have to try it out as well.
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    Maybe it's just me, but when I installed Windows 8 I didn't necessarily notice any kind of speed boost whatsoever...
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    When I tried it i didn't notice any real boost in performance within games - however i didn't stick with it long as I had some compatibility issues.

    Are you sure it's not just from it being a fresh install? No crap slowing everything down, and maybe newer graphics drivers installed? (may seem obvious but it's worth asking)

    Boot time however sounds impressive, i boot from a SSD so the longest part of my boot process is entering my password :dry:
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    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    IIRC, the Win7 betas also had some quite nice boost, then in the RTM one the advantage was lost.

    I might install it for the lulz somewhere.
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    Comsumer Preview or Developer Preview? They are very different from each other, and the Developer Preview ran terribly with games for me. Also, make sure you get the Windows 8 Nvidia or ATI drivers, as I said in the OP.

    @[member='jamesaa']
    I didn't say I did a fresh install, nor did I. I did an Upgrade, all files/registry/everything kept, I wanted to ensure all my games would still be playable. I also directly said in the OP that you need to get the Windows 8 specific drivers from Nvidia and ATI.

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    That's kinda why I did too, lulz for the most part. It ended up I truly am liking it more than Windows 7 (not just for the boosted performance), It's just a much cleaner and.... hard to describe why, but I like it a lot more than Windows 7.
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    Consumer Preview. Almost no noticeable speed increases whatsoever from what I remember.
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    celcodioc Major A$$hole

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    I'll try it when someone finds a way to disable Metro completely...

    But let's not turn this into a Metro vs. Start Menu discussion ;)
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    Press the Windows key to switch between the two at any time. If you're too lazy to do that, then I'd stick with Windows 7.
    EDIT: Google for MEtro disable hack in Windows 8, they're all over the place. It turns it back into a regular start menu. Not worth it imo, since you can just press the Windows key.

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    I have no idea then, if you got the Windows 8 specific drivers too. Do you have some sort of super computer that already plays every game on max at 60fps?
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    I did...

    My PC is no super computer, but it plays (so far) all games I've thrown at it at mostly max settings at 60fps so...maybe that's why?
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    Yea, once you hit the highest FPS cap for most games, you kinda can't go higher.
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    Well yeah, but I didn't have any increase in, say, emulation or anything. Unless no difference could be made...but meh.
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    Yea, that's not what I was refering to. I meant actual PC games meant for PC, not games meant for another system being played on a PC.
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    Bull****. No one with more than 2GB of RAM will see a positive performance difference from Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and if you have 2GB or less you shouldn't be gaming.
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    Well been planing on it and now you got me installing it.
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    100% unecessary lobbed insults. I have 6GB ram first of all, I get huge performance boost, that's enough of you and your incredibly pointless insulting/trolling.
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    It's probably more of a case of Windows 7 being horribly bloated with tons of tasks in the background thanks to programs you've installed. When you installed Windows 8, it was a clean install and wasn't bloated.
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    For the love of whatever diety you worship, read my comment here I did not do a clean install, nor ever even implied I did. I'm not sure why 2 people now just randomly assumed I did.
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    Highly doubt a consumer preview will give you a boost in performance from games, you're probably just thinking it because it's all brand new and sparkly.

    Unless we see actual benchmarks, I call bull.
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