Topic Title: is Windows 8.1 worth it for gaming?
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 01/30/2014 11:16 PM
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I myself have been on windows 7 ultimate 64-bit for 5 years now, although my gaming performance is great, i must ask, is windows 8.1 worth it for gamign at all? i understand that windows 7 cannot utilize direct x 11.2, and Windows 8 gets the benefit of this for alot of newer games, but when it all comes down to it, performance is better to me than how a game looks, So should i consider updating my main OS to windows 8 in the near future? Will is see any performance gains or not? someoen please give me a straight answer, thank you, here is my PC specs below if that matters

Motherboard: ASUS F2-A55M-LK

Ram: 8GB kingston hyperX predator

Cpu: AMD 6600K Richland APU

Gpu: MSI 7870 OC edition

PSU: corsair CX600

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 01/31/2014 01:03 AM
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Honestly, I've been running Windows 8 ever since the first preview. Granted I was dual booting at the time with Windows 7. I hated the lack of the Windows 7 start menu, at first, but after a time I learned keyboard shortcuts that had me flipping back and forth. I love the quick glance ability of the Metro Screen, quickly check  my sports, weather, email and facebook and then swap back to the good old desktop. There are plenty of free programs to make your system fire up and run EXACTLY like Windows 7, so with that little issue that most people have out of the way. Windows 8 uses far less memory (700MB everything loaded versus 1.2GB that 7 used on my rig) It utilises AMDs funny core structure (anything based off Bulldozer including Trinity, Steamroller etc) better than Windows 7, handles networking better (I had a 10ms ping decrease to most of my Battlefield 3 servers) increased framerates (10-15fps in Battlefield 3, 5-10fps in most others) more stable on overclocked rigs (I was able to push my CPU to 5.0Ghz, sadly the heat wouldn't allow me to keep it there) and there is also the lovely DX 11.2 (I hate MS for doing stuff like this, there is no legitimate reason that 7 cannot handle 11.2) The biggest gripe anyone has is "the tablet interface", "the phone style desktop" etc etc... 90%* of these folks haven't even tried the damn thing, and feed off the internet hate machine. 

Long of the short of it is, Windows 8/8.1 performs extremely well for gaming. The biggest gripe most people have is the Metro interface, which is quite honestly easily (and freely) turned down or completely off. Leaving you with what feels like a far more optimised version of Windows 7.


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Hi well to take advantage of dx 11.2 you need a graphic card that supports it. In your case before I would buy windows 8 I would put that money into a bigger CPU you would see much more perfromance gain from that than windows 8.

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 02/07/2014 05:57 PM
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DirectX 11.2 is not a game changer the same way DirectX 10 was, and there is no reason to believe that Microsoft (or some clever modder) will not enable DirectX 11.2 for Windows 7 in the future. A bit of overclocking of your 6600K and an upgrade to an SSD will net you much larger gains.

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 03/23/2014 11:26 AM
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It will come down to you as the user. I'm personally not a big fan of Windows 8 Metro UI. I don't know, i just don't like it, I even don't really like Windows Phone UI. lol. But if you really want to upgrade to Windows 8 just for the shake of newer Direct X 11.2, you should really think this through because you are about to make a complete UI overhaul to your PC.


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 03/25/2014 05:01 PM
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I think I concur with Couch_Ornament.  I've been running Windows 8.x since it came out, and after getting over the little bump regarding the adjustment to the hybrid desktop/modern UI, it's been pretty smooth sailing.  I just installed an SSD, and everything is running so efficiently.


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