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Red face Go with Win8.1 or wait? - 07-11-2014, 17:03 | posts: 32

Hi guys,
I'm going to refresh my system by installing the Os new.
I'm also going to get new hardware like the 780ti and i7 4790k, as well a new motherboard - not sure which one.
However, is it worth to spend 80 for Windows 8 / 8.1 ?
I read that some games benefit from it and that you get almost everywhere a lot of % more performance. Is it true or just a Battlefield 4 thing?
If I should upgrade, which Windows would you recommend? If I buy Windows 8, am I suppose to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free?

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Default 07-11-2014, 19:11 | posts: 1,747 | Location: Israel - Haifa

Yes 8.1 is free
   
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Default 07-12-2014, 04:07 | posts: 419

Yes 8.1 is free and they're even saying now that Windows 9 will be a free update for 8.1 users. If so, there is no reason to wait.
   
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Default 07-12-2014, 05:02 | posts: 54 | Location: Japan

I keep hearing that 8.1 is much faster in several games, but my experience in a number of games has proved otherwise. Any articles, benchmarks to support that Windows 8.1 is indeed faster?
   
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Default 07-13-2014, 23:53 | posts: 25 | Location: Canada

Windows 8.1 isn't really "faster" or "slower" in any games right now, but there is some speculation that due to the fact that Windows 8.1 has lower resource requirements than, say, Windows 7 that there is possibly an increase in FPS in certain scenarios. It's really within a 3-5% difference though, which most people would consider to be within the margin of error (meaning there is really no difference).

I'd say go for 8.1. I've been using Windows 8 since the developer preview and have liked it since the beginning, even with the changes to the smart menu. If you have an open mind and actually learn to use it, it's just as good (or even better) than Windows 7/Vista/XP's start menus. That and it's far easier to deploy for myself when I am building systems when compared to Windows 7. WinPE5.1 + ADT are (personally) far better alternatives to ImageX/MDT.
   
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Default 07-14-2014, 07:23 | posts: 419

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I keep hearing that 8.1 is much faster in several games, but my experience in a number of games has proved otherwise. Any articles, benchmarks to support that Windows 8.1 is indeed faster?
It's not "much faster" in any games but in a lot of them it is slightly better.
   
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Default 07-15-2014, 13:06 | posts: 963 | Location: London

just get it
   
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Default 07-15-2014, 13:42 | posts: 1,353 | Location: Australia, QLD

I use 8.1 and it's as good as 7 was for gaming, maybe better in some cases. Make sure you get all the absolute latest drivers though. I've had a few minor issues with older drivers.
   
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Default 07-19-2014, 07:18 | posts: 7,534 | Location: Sunny Scotland

win8.1 rocks, i'm using vanilla without any updates, no crash of any kind since I put rig together two days ago.
mouse felt a lil laggy so I went 75hz from 60hz is all.
   
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Default 07-19-2014, 13:16 | posts: 1,273 | Location: Langley,B.C. Canada

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win8.1 rocks, i'm using vanilla without any updates, no crash of any kind since I put rig together two days ago.
mouse felt a lil laggy so I went 75hz from 60hz is all.
There was an update that fixed that
   
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Default 07-21-2014, 18:46 | posts: 27 | Location: Slovenia

Sadly I had to downgrade back to windows 7 because I had to use old realtek drivers for SupremeFX xfi to work with my onboard sound card. Also having physx on in games like Borderlands 2 and Assassins Creed BF takes a huge hit on your fps specialy the later which is unplayable with physx on.

Otherwise its a solid OS, but until the second issue gets fixed I have no intention going back. For my first issue I can always buy a sound card.
   
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Default 07-21-2014, 18:51 | posts: 7,534 | Location: Sunny Scotland

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There was an update that fixed that
thanks I did find that update and I installed the explorer flash update too and that's it.
but yeah after the mouse fix update I noticed the difference.
   
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Default 08-05-2014, 04:00 | posts: 1,574

Personally I would use windows 7 ultra. My opinion windows 8 and 8.1 are complete trash and windows 9 will be worse with the auto cloud and monitoring bs they going to do. Soon I will be forced only to use Linux and whine.
   
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Default 08-06-2014, 13:01 | posts: 2,727 | Location: florida

I dont know maybe because I get ocd with some things. and I notice little things and it bothers me.

for example.

on my system dosbox responds slower to keyboard presses on windows 8 then windows 7.

on windows 7 its like key repeat is superfast compared to windows 8.

and keyboard settings are the same on both win 7 and 8


in a way it nice on windows 8 because when in windows 7 in dosbox. I was always typing double letters. but then it makes me think its running slowing in windows 8.


then everyone is excited about windows 9. and Im woundering if directdraw will still be broken in it.

I dont know if other people had problems. but some games in windows 8 has issue with my xbox 360 wireless controller for me.

also find it annoying that windows 8 makes disconnect sounds for the controller and disconnect and reconnects, when starting games.

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