Battlefield 4 & Windows 8.1 - what an improvment it is!

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  1. Mike2004

    Mike2004 Member

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    Not sure if I should have put this in the BF4 thread but since this is such a dramatic improvement in BF4 performance I thought I would start with this separate thread. Posted this at my gaming clan's website, figured I would share my finding here as well.


    Yesterday on Black Friday I went out and snagged a 180 GB Intel SSD and after much thinking decided to pick up a copy of Windows 8, upgrading my Windows 7 64 bit. I figured since I had to reinstall OS I might as well do it with W8, also because everything I had read about BF4 running much much better using it.

    Well, what an understatement.

    Using the same 331.93 beta drivers that came out a few days ago in W7, with video card options on high, no msaa, hbao on, my frames were never consistent (as with every other driver I tried). They bounced around 60 - 100frames, half the time miscrostuttering. I tried different drivers, all sorts of tweaks to get the frames as close to 100 consistently as possible. No dice. Some days the game seemed to run a little better than others, probably due to server patches.

    Installed W8, took the free .1 upgrade and snagged "classic shell" to get rid of the god awful tablet UI. Downloaded and installed the game and all that good stuff. Enabled SLI. Nothing was changed except for the OS. Played for about 6 hours and literally never dipped below 100 frames (where I have my refresh rate set at for the 120 Hz monitor). Seriously, it stayed at a constant 100 on the server, even when it was full. Now I'm going to turn up the refresh to 120 and see if I can get a solid 120 frames.

    So, if your thinking of a OS reinstall or a new pc and want to play BF4 at great frames, get Windows 8. Cheapest and best upgrade a player can do.


    Specs:

    Windows 8 Pro 64 biit
    Antec 1200 Enthusiast case
    Antec 1200 Powersupply
    Asus P6X58D-E socket 1366 motherboard (purchased June 2010 - still half a kickass socket)
    Intel i7 980 Gulftown X6 3.33 Ghz 12 MB L3 cache (mildly overclocked to 3.72 Ghz)
    12 GB DDR3 @ 1600 (triple channel) Corsair Dominator
    Asus Xonar DSX soundcard
    2 nVidia GTX 780s in SLI
    Zalman CNPS10X cooler
    180 GB Intel 530 SSD
    Samsung SH-S223L CD/DVD drive
    Benq XL2420T 120 Hz 24" monitor (lightboost enabled)
     
  2. 3dPlayer

    3dPlayer Banned

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    You are too late to the party dude, everyone knows this by now.

    Nice rig btw.
     
  3. Mike2004

    Mike2004 Member

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    I understand I'm a little late to the party however I didn't think it would be as dramatic as it is, hence my post.
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger Master Guru

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    On Win7 did you have core parking disabled?
     

  5. 3dPlayer

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    It's not dramatic at all, but would be nice if you could apologize for that.
     
  6. binaryStar

    binaryStar Member Guru

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    I'm super happy with the performance thus far on my rig, with Win7. REALLY thinking of taking the leap to Win8 tho if I can get 10-20 more fps off the bat. Decisions.
     
  7. 3dPlayer

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    You don't have to upgrade to W8, make a dual-boot system or use the another hard drive to install W8 for testing purposes.
     
  8. SLI-756

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    nice post OP, just what I was wanting to know, never mind the poo pooers and ffs don't apologize to anyone.
     
  9. Mike2004

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    Yes. I had my cores unparked on W7 and now on W8.


    huh? Apologize for what? I'm assuming your understanding of English isn't very good.
     
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    rflair Don Commisso Staff Member

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    Apologize for what?

    Thin ice bud, thin ice.
     

  11. PinchedNerve

    PinchedNerve Master Guru

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  12. Amaze

    Amaze Ancient Guru

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    BF4 may be an improvement but everything else isn't. Amirite?
     
  13. The Janitor

    The Janitor Maha Guru

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    This part is interesting:

    I have that stutter, even though my framerate is high. But I really don't want Win 8, guess I'll have to install it on another drive and only use that for BF4.
     
  14. -Tj-

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    imo its ok in general, every part is better.
     
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    I already had Windowblinds so I got Start8 aswell, haven't seen any of that Modern UI stuff since then.

    ClassicShell and Startisback are good free alternatives.
     

  16. Veteran

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    This i could never use Win8 without classic shell.
     
  17. mitzi76

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    yep have found same thing as well op (coming from vista64).

    def not placebo.
     
  18. Mr_Alexander

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    I also switched from W7 64 to W8.1 64 this weekend.
    I expected that I would get some improvements in BF4 but I did not expect it would be so huge.

    My settings are

    NVIDIA driver 331.82
    1920x1080
    Everything on High except terrain on Medium
    Post processing OFF
    No AA
    HBAO OFF

    W7 I was getting around 100 FPS with constant drops to mid 50s

    W8 I am getting 150 FPS and it never drops below 90.
    So I locked my FPS in user config at 70.

    I would never switched to W8 if not for BF4 since I read so many hate posts about W8. Now after I installed it I really like it. I installed this Start8 program and everything is perfect now.
     
  19. ALPINEST4RS

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    I switched with huge gains also. Still crashing though (bf4 stopped working). I also noticed some of my other games (fc3, bioshock inf) have also gained a little bit too.
     
  20. 3dPlayer

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    I was messing with you. Gotcha.
     

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