Windows 8 vs Windows 7 – Who’s The Quickest?

It’s expected at this stage that each new edition of Windows will be “quicker, lighter and more powerful” than the previous version. But how often do we hear all these claims only to find that a lot of the time they are just a lot of hot air?

One such claim is that Microsoft promised 15 second boot times with Windows 7, and while it is dramatically quicker than its predecessors’, it’s practically impossible to achieve these start up times without specially optimised hardware. However, with Windows 8 Microsoft have promised the same thing, only this time it seems to be true.

PCMag decided to pitch Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 8 – against it’s predecessor – Windows 7. All these speed test were carried out on the same Toshiba Portege R835-P88 laptop with a 2.5GHz Core i5 chip, 6GB of RAM , 500GB harddrive and Intel HD 3000 graphics. They set the machine up with a clean install of Windows 7 64bit and then Windows 8 64bit.

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

So who won?

Windows 7 Utimate
(64-bit)
Windows 8
(64-bit)
Startup
(seconds, lower is better)
38 17
Shutdown
(seconds, lower is better)
12.2 9.9
500MB File Group Move
(seconds, lower is better)
25.2 29.2
Large Single File Move
(seconds, lower is better)
46.4 46.8
Video Rendering
(minutes:seconds, smaller is better)
1:22 1:11
Geekbench 2.3 64-bit tests
(higher is better)
8090 8187
Geekbench 2.3 32-bit tests
(higher is better)
5962 6122
PCMark 7
(higher is better)
2313 2701
Sunspider
(ms, lower is better)
180 144
Google V8 (v.7)
(higher is better)
3079 6180
Psychedelic Browsing
(higher is better)
3997 5292

As you can see from these results above, in PCMag’s testing, Windows 8 practically won all around. What’s particularly impressive is the start up times. Windows 8 has cut the start up time in half down to a speedy 17 seconds. The reason being that Windows 8 saves a copy of the system state and memory contents to the harddrive and then simply reloads this once you restart. This is why it’s so much quicker at starting up as it doesn’t have to go and load everything from scratch.

We can also expect to see this start up time reduced even further when new laptops, tablets, PCs etc.. are released with SSD hard drives and UEFI that will dramatically improve these start up times even further.

It’s also quite apparent that Microsoft have worked hard on improving the browser performance in Windows 8. Internet Explorer 10 was miles ahead of IE 9. The javascript engine has been dramatically been improved and optimised. Sunspider and Google’s V8 tests show a big improvement in load times and processing times which is great news for us all.

The PCMark 7 benchmark test which runs 7 different systems tests that are designed to test out everything also shows a big performance increase in Windows 8. In PCMags test, Windows 8 was up by 388 points.

Head over to PCMag if you want to check out the full post in a bit more detail.

It’s good to see that there is some real significant improvement with Windows 8 over Windows 7, and bear in mind that this is still not the final release of Windows 8. We can only expect that Microsoft are busy tweaking the final few lines of code to get every last bit of performance out of Windows 8.

Source:

PcMag

 

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