Is Windows 10 better for gaming ? Lets analyze benchmark results

With the new beta release of Windows 10, PC Gamers are looking to see if it lives up to the hype Microsoft has been pushing. Specially with the announcement of Directx 12.

Plenty of gamers have become frustrated with Windows as it is often a major hurdle to setup up a proper PC system, there is the faulty drivers, virus, hacks and Microsoft has often taken heat for not doing enough to entice PC gamers as a whole. Currently we are waiting for the final version of Windows 10, which at the moment we can only ‘test’ the Technical Preview version to run some quick benchmarks.

Which of the currently available version of Windows is faster? We’ve come a long way from Windows 95, as Windows 7 was a huge improvement and till today many gamers continue to use, as for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 the results vary but more often than not PC gamers are just not into the Metro layout. But now with Windows 10 in the horizon and DirectX 12 making news, we’ll just have to pause and wait for Windows 10 to become gamer friendly.

We’ve come across some interesting findings to see which Microsoft Operating system is the fastest when it comes to gaming and 3D Mark.

The benchmark system used for these results consists of the following:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K
  • Motherboard:  Gryphon ASUS Z97 Armor Edition
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • DDR3 RAM memory: HyperX 2 x 4 GB 2400 MHz (Overclockers UK Edition)
  • Drive: OCZ RevoDrive 350 480 GB
  • CPU Cooling: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3
  • Power Supply: Enermax so that MaxRevo 1350
  • Monitor: ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q
  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Operating System:  Windows 10 TP 64-bit

Lets look at the results of the 3DMark Fire Strike between Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.
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The Windows 7 PC scored 10284.3DMarkFireStrike-Windows8

The Windows 8 PC scored 10419.3DMarkFireStrike-Windows10

The Windows 10 PC scored 10259.

Which means that at least running 3D Mark, it runs faster in Windows 8.

Is Windows 10 ready for the current batch of games ? Lets find out!

windows-10-vs-windows-8-1-vs-windows-7-gamesTomb Raider runs almost identical in all Operating Systems.

windows-10-vs-windows-8-1-vs-windows-7-thiefSame results in Thief with Windows 10 matching Windows 7 in 2560×1440 resolutions.

The benchmark tests leaders in these categories:

  • PCMark 8 – Windows 8.1
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – Windows 8.1
  • 3DMark Sky Diver – Windows 7
  • Tomb Raider – Windows 10
  • Thief – Windows 7

At this point so far with Windows 10 being in beta the differences are very minimal. It is safe to say that in terms of gaming performance, all systems offer basically the same performance. PCMark 8 is used to measure the overall performance of your computer and with Windows 8.1 there was a slight advantage to Windows 7. Even with an early version and the lack of dedicated graphics drivers, Windows 10 is doing at least as well as its predecessors.

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