Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1 Gaming Benchmark Comparison: Which OS Grants Better Performance?

With every new iteration of Windows, many always wonder how the new version stacks in comparison with the old for gaming. In order to know, DualShockers tested Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 it with both popular graphics benchmarks and benchmarks included in a few games, in order to give a spectrum of different situations and see which operating system provides the best performance.

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MRMagoo1231233d ago

So the difference is not even worth an article by the looks of it, the fps difference is that small that it could have just random.

samchez771233d ago

And virtually unnoticable to the naked eye......

donthate1233d ago

Most people cannot see differences in frame rate, but they can feel it when they use the controller. It seems like the difference is across the board, but it is so small.

However, who was expecting better performance?

DX12 is the game changer here, not old games running on latest OS.

GameNameFame1233d ago

Of course donthate comes to damage control.

"average fps of 2 difference.." Yea. You won't even notice that.

mikeslemonade1233d ago

That's a 5% increase. I will take that. The negativity is silly here.

4Sh0w1233d ago

I really don't see the point, Windows 10 was built to take advantage of DX12, none here are using DX12 so I would have just figured it would have minimum or the same performance as 8.1....its a OS not a new graphics card.

Vegamyster1233d ago


Exactly, also i noticed older games like Tiberium Sun run better and even Batman AK had noticeably less stutter compared to 8.1

Erik73571232d ago (Edited 1232d ago )

eh....2-3 fps.... though that alone will not make a difference but a accumulation of little things like that add up and do make a difference of 10-15 I will happily take windows 10

UltraNova1232d ago (Edited 1232d ago )

Putting aside the 'dramatic' improvement of 1, yes 1 fps from W8.1 to W10, the most dramatic part of this article is actually Giuseppe's(Abriael) fight with a poster in the article's comment section..

"Again, pipe it down"

Ahahhaha, pure gold! Moderation at its best!

Dynasty20211232d ago

Please don't tell me you're one of those crazy people that can't tell the difference between 30 and 60 FPS?

Some people cant tell the difference between 120hz and 60hz (100+ FPS and 60 FPS) and it blows my mind. It's so insanely obvious.

ABizzel11232d ago

Isn't Windows 10 suppose to be more support for lower level API, because I don't understand the point in using a high end gaming CPU.

It would have been a much better comparison to see what something like an i3, FX CPU, APUs, Pentium, etc...

It would also make more sense to do this when better drivers are out.

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PC_601233d ago

No games are built with DX12 yet patched with it yet


Don't know about yall but I got 15fps jump on GTA V from Win10 alone, and that was not even a fresh install... :D

BubbsyKong1233d ago

Well ill put it like this for u on CS:Go on windows 7 id get about 118 fps at the main menu, with windows 8.1 i had about 115-116 with windows 10 its about 119-120 and thats the first build of windows 10 too..... Give it a month or so and we will se these numbers go about 20-30 fps higher, im alreaddy in love woth my upgrade

PistolsAtDawn1233d ago

I knew when Win 10/DX12 released people that don't know what they are talking about would jump all over something like this...the games were NOT made for DX12, and it will not affect all games the same....they were very open about this from the the fact that there is ANY improvement at all for a game just simply using a different API without any new optimization and being made for a different API is awesome.

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starchild1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

It's a decent improvement. I don't think anybody expected massive performance gains on Windows 10 while still using DX11. When games start getting made from the ground up to utilize DX12 is when we will see some real significant improvements.

Still a small gain like this is still welcome. People overclock their graphics cards for similar performance improvements.

PistolsAtDawn1232d ago

Yeah, and these games aren't even using DX12 AT's DX11...just on Windows 10 instead of 8.1. DX12 isn't the API yet.

FlameBaitGod1232d ago

The OS just came out lol, its amazing it does better than W8.1 after all those updates it had. With a few updates it will be a lot better

mcstorm1232d ago

I was a fan of windows 8 as I got a surface when it came out and worked well for touch so I adapted quick to the look and feel of the OS and really enjoyed using it but I now have a surface pro 3 with windows 10 and wow this OS feels amazing on the device in both desktop and tablet mode. I'm not a big gamer on the pc but as an OS for work and play I do see where windows 10 beats both windows 7 and 8 and the OS is only going to get better as time goes by.

Perjoss1232d ago

Its worth an article because in the past upgrading to a new windows has usually at first shown a significant performance hit in terms of gaming.

n1kki61232d ago

2-3 frames certainly could be from many factors, but for people saying you wouldn't notice, you would certainly notice if you were running v-sync and your frame rate dropped from 60 to 30 because it didn't have the extra few frames to maintain 60.

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samchez771233d ago

Interesting. A gain is a gain but nought to get excitied about really.

Now, I wish they would do the same with a mid-end system to see if the benefits also include systems with a lower end CPU that bottlenecks. Apprently that is where the real meat is for DX12.

Abriael1233d ago

I'm more happy than there isn't a loss. I'm always scared with new OSs. I was especially wondering if having the Xbox app running on the background would have a negative impact, but it doesn't.

JamesBroski1233d ago

It really depends on the game you're playing. You can't really judge a whole OS on game performances with 4 games tbh. The Xbox App makes BF4 crash if you try to set it fullscreen in the options (just press ALT+ENTER and it works) and GTA V stutters like crazy now.

AndrewLB1233d ago

My thoughts exactly. After reading a performance comparison article on guru3d and a bunch of comments from people running Windows 10, I decided to cross my fingers and hit upgrade about two hours ago and so far I'm liking Windows 10 Pro. It's much snappier than Windows 7 Ultimate and the only thing I'm not liking is I have to re-learn where various settings are. I'm also trying to figure out the deferred updates system because I'm not a fan of mandatory automatic updates including drivers. Luckily I have the pro version which allows me to prevent certain auto updates, but if you have the home version... you're at the whim of Microsoft when it comes to updating your computer.

Grap1233d ago

Well Most PC have 8GB of ram so dunno why would you think it would have negative impact on pc. It's not consoles.

uth111233d ago

same here. Especially with Windows

Seafort1232d ago

I've disabled the Xbox app and many others from running in the background that I don't need or want.

I don't know why Microsoft think PC and Xbox can be mixed in with each other. One is an open platform which can be upgraded any time the user wants and the other is a closed, locked down system which Microsoft completely controls. Apples and oranges.

I have noticed a slight improvement in the games I play after installing Windows 10 on my PC. I'm hoping it improves as more games use DX12 like ARK and Fable.

samchez771231d ago

I agree Abriael. There is always a certain amount of upgrade anxiety isn't there. I even get nervous with BETA drivers lol.

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xTheMercenary_1233d ago

It's still a win. Im running windows 7 and apparently windows 8.1 runs games 2-5% better in performance in most games, so going from windows 7 to windows 10 i should see an increase of 5 to maybe 8% which is awesome. Although the performance increase is small, anything is better than nothing.

Genova841232d ago

My firestrike scores went up roughly 5%. I don't run benchmarks on games I play so I can't say if the games are better, but it's promising. There are of course, no dx12 games out to see what it can really do though. Soon enough.

TheBurger291233d ago

Not much of a difference but wait until games that use dx12, that is when the games will have a performance boost.

PistolsAtDawn1233d ago

Yeah...or at least patched to use it was simply running a DX11 game on DX12...NO optimization nor games built for DX12.

christrules00411233d ago

Yeah, just watch out because there are going to be games that say they support DirectX12 but the game engine is still built towards DirectX11 and adapted a bit to have it work on DirectX12. It'll still give a boast, but not as much as you would think.
In a couple of years we will get developers saying that there game engine is built specifically for DirectX12 like Brad Wardell did and then we will see the full benefits.

RedDevils1232d ago

I would wait 12 months after release when, everyone tested it out before I made a jumo

JamesBroski1233d ago

Games either feel the exact same, or are unplayable. GTA V is now unplayable for me; as soon as there's action on screen, the game stutters like crazy.

I tried a bunch of games and the only one with issues so far is GTA V. But as a whole, Windows 10 is freaking amazing.

Genova841232d ago

I was playing crysis 2 last night, and I noticed quite a bit of stuttering. Didn't look up to see if it's the game or not though. I know the last boss in crysis 1 killed all machines. It was only at one part too, so idk. Probably nothing.

Stapleface1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

All I have tried is Witcher 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Something new, and old. Both run great. No real change that I could notice. But none to be expected really.