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#26
Microsoft will have to determine if the problem is in Haswell (like Opteron/X2 processors) or if it is in their code. If it is in their code, they'll release a hotfix for it. If it is in Haswell, Intel will likely release a hotfix on their end.
Where do you get this being a Haswell problem? According to HWBot,

HWBot said:
Sparing you the details of development process, compared to Windows7 and previous versions, Microsoft made changes to how it measures time to be compatible with embedded or low cost PCs that do not have a fixed RTC clock. After all, having a fixed RTC clock adds cost to a platform.
It's an issue with Win8, pure and simple. Not sure why MS didn't simply write code to say

if (system.hasHardwareRtc()) {
useHardwareRtc();
}
else {
useSoftwareEmulatedRtc();
}
I'm sure we will see a fix for this next Patch Tuesday, if not sooner, as an accurate RTC is critical to many applications working correctly, not just benchmarks.
 
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You mean that the only way people can justify buying high-end hardware is by making high-scoring posts on HWBot, I know.

Imho however, you're quite wrong:)

Not that I've ever made posts on HWbot, and prolly my hardware won't even be classified as high end, but there are sooo many reasons to buy high end stuff, HWbot is just for hobbyists.
 
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Yeah, grapes are only for birds ;) Besides, like Assimilator said, it's not just about benchmarks or hwbot.
 
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Yeah, grapes are only for birds ;) Besides, like Assimilator said, it's not just about benchmarks or hwbot.
Ah if you mean the win8 part of the problem, then yeah, I totally agree. Stuff like this shouldn't happen if its avoidable.
 
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#31
The windows 8 timers and clocks is a part of what has changed moving from windows 7 to windows 8.
The clock is now set so it groups the interrupts together, a part of the battery saving strategy.
Both android and IOS do that.

As for the windows 8, most things have changed for the worse, not better. Except for the improvements of windows explorer and task manager everything else is downhill.

The metro interface is useless by itself, missing even the most basic necessities for a working OS, It doesn't even have a file explorer ffs.
 

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#32
I'm sure we will see a fix for this next Patch Tuesday, if not sooner, as an accurate RTC is critical to many applications working correctly, not just benchmarks.
I am quite sure the clock is accurate on stock speeds, but goes haywire when overclocked.
 
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#33
I do like the improvements in the UI actually.

  • The file transfer dialog finally makes sense with the speed graph
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  • TeraCopy
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So you install 6 programs just to have what the OS comes incorporated with. Second thought, i never trusted these 3rd party explorer customizations as i only had crashes with them. If you hate the metro interface you can make it 7 like with a single program instead of making win7 8 like with 6 and still missing out on the performance optimizations. A few "months" ago enthusiasts still used xp for benches and now there is a fuss that 8 cant be used for that. The age of overclocking seems to be over with companies limiting down options in both software and hardware. Its only AMD pushing in the race of higher clocks. The majority of users wont be affected and those 1000 who are affected mostly run on 7 stripped from useless things anyways.
However i would like a Microsoft response to the situation as well as some proof that AMD is also affected by this, its not just Haswell/Ivy energy optimizations acting up with this new RTC.
 

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  • TeraCopy
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-> Built in is a lot more convenient and less prone to conflicts
-> with SSD Win8 boots even faster
 
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Just a thought...

It takes hours to install a typical windows, drivers, software, apps, customization, configuring (3rd party of course) security (antivirus, firewall, HIPS, sandbox, etc)...

A typical Ubuntu (even Solaris 11)) can be run from the CD itself. And when installed, it's pretty much inclusive of everything. And takes less resource, MUCH better security. Definitely better for everyday tasks, and now even gaming - Steam.
 
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love all the people saying who cares, funny how they are also not on hwbot....
 

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Just a thought...

It takes hours to install a typical windows, drivers, software, apps, customization, configuring (3rd party of course) security (antivirus, firewall, HIPS, sandbox, etc)...

A typical Ubuntu (even Solaris 11)) can be run from the CD itself. And when installed, it's pretty much inclusive of everything. And takes less resource, MUCH better security. Definitely better for everyday tasks, and now even gaming - Steam.
I installed my current 3570K a few days ago, managed to get everything inside (including drivers and common apps) under an hour, and that is with a crappy USB stick installing into a 5400rpm drive god knows how old. Not sure where what point you are trying to make.
 

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#39
Just a thought...

It takes hours to install a typical windows, drivers, software, apps, customization, configuring (3rd party of course) security (antivirus, firewall, HIPS, sandbox, etc)...

A typical Ubuntu (even Solaris 11)) can be run from the CD itself. And when installed, it's pretty much inclusive of everything. And takes less resource, MUCH better security. Definitely better for everyday tasks, and now even gaming - Steam.
How the hell do you do things? Install from a USB stick and you're flying in under 30 minutes. 3rd party programs take time (especially if you're a professional/power user), but that is no different in Linux. It probably takes longer as you have to deal with more or less clunky packet managers and you are likely to have to do things on your own, update the packet indexes and some programs will require you to compile by your self. Not to mention if you happen to have a WLAN-adapter or other hardware that needs proprietary drivers that only partly exists for your distro.

It's not even much more secure these days, unless you're counting security through obscurity.
 
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To be honest, my rig is a bit old. But having installed dozens of different operating systems hundreds of times over for the last decade, I have yet to see a windows version which comes packed with even a fraction of what linux does in a cd. Unless you're talking about some super-slipstreamed image in a ~64GB superfast usb stick, I don't know how to do all that in 30 min :(
 
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#41
Just a thought...

It takes hours to install a typical windows, drivers, software, apps, customization, configuring (3rd party of course) security (antivirus, firewall, HIPS, sandbox, etc)...

A typical Ubuntu (even Solaris 11)) can be run from the CD itself. And when installed, it's pretty much inclusive of everything. And takes less resource, MUCH better security. Definitely better for everyday tasks, and now even gaming - Steam.
Your thought sucks. Unbuntu isn't any faster to set up for a power user than Windows is. You still have to install all of your third party applications (hence, why they're called third party), you have to customize them to your liking, set all of the OS options just how you like it. Oh, and LOL at it being "better" for gaming. What crack pipe have you been smoking?
 

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To be honest, my rig is a bit old. But having installed dozens of different operating systems hundreds of times over for the last decade, I have yet to see a windows version which comes packed with even a fraction of what linux does in a cd. Unless you're talking about some super-slipstreamed image in a ~64GB superfast usb stick, I don't know how to do all that in 30 min :(
That debends on what you need, but for me it's Windows -> AV -> Drivers -> Firefox -> Some PDF reader (does that come included in Win8 BTW?) -> media codecs. Adding Office 2007 might bump it up a bit, but I can use the computer in the meantime. Obviously if you need IDE's, virtual machines, sandboxes, various servers (all of which require configuration) and have 100 games in Steam you have to install it'll take hours no matter the OS.
 
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(does that come included in Win8 BTW?)
Only a metro(modern UI) app for reading PDF's, which it defaults to when you dont install the reader yourself.

Works fine, has support for most things a non-poweruser would need like printing, but its obviously still a metro(modern UI) app, so fullscreen-ish and minimalistic.
 
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Your thought sucks. Unbuntu isn't any faster to set up for a power user than Windows is. You still have to install all of your third party applications (hence, why they're called third party), you have to customize them to your liking, set all of the OS options just how you like it. Oh, and LOL at it being "better" for gaming. What crack pipe have you been smoking?
Of course it takes time to fully customize any os. What I am saying is that most linux distros come packed with drivers and apps better than any windows ever has. And about gaming - I said it's getting there...
 
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windows8 seems to affect overclockability and reduces scores on some tests like 3d11 physics etc.

the majority of people that bench use win7 anyway as it can be stripped down to near nothing and you can boot/bench on overclocks you wouldn't be able too on win8.


the problem is only for dx11 apps where fps gets calculated differently.

I bet over time there will have to be a transfer or change to this, but its a good step of hwbot banning the platform atm
 

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#46
most linux distros come packed with drivers and apps better than any windows ever has
My experience tells me otherwise, but then again I don't use Linux as my main computer (and certainly not the hardcore versions, only touched ubuntu).
 

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Of course it takes time to fully customize any os. What I am saying is that most linux distros come packed with drivers and apps better than any windows ever has. And about gaming - I said it's getting there...
Historically it's been the opposite, and these days Linux is more hit and miss in my experience. Generally it works "fine", but not as fine as in Windows. The program bit can be true, it's all about which distro you pick.
 
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#48
My experience tells me otherwise, but then again I don't use Linux as my main computer (and certainly not the hardcore versions, only touched ubuntu).
Try the latest CentOS DVD.
 
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#49
Of course it takes time to fully customize any os. What I am saying is that most linux distros come packed with drivers and apps better than any windows ever has. And about gaming - I said it's getting there...
It really doesn't. I'll give you default driver support, but I prefer Windows' method of downloading them dynamically instead of having support for ALL of them ALL of the time.

But it doesn't come packed with any more applications. It comes pre-installed with all of the same basic software utilities as Windows - just different.
 
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Historically it's been the opposite, and these days Linux is more hit and miss in my experience. Generally it works "fine", but not as fine as in Windows. The program bit can be true, it's all about which distro you pick.
I think Linux works better than windows in most things. There's room for improvement, though. Gaming and multimedia is where windows is ahead. But that's changing, albeit slowly, because of the sheer number of distros and hw manufacturers' inability to provide drivers.