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#51
So I ran the benchmark for HL2: Lost Coast and Mafia 2 and did a comparison between Windows 7 and 8. Here's the test parameters and benchmark results (note that the Mafia 2 benchmark recognizes Windows 8 as Windows 7 Business):

Test Setup

Mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro

Intel Core i5 M 540 - 2.53GHz
8GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM
nVidia GeForce 330m GT 256MB
750GB WD Caviar Black HDD
Widows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 pro - both 64bit
Windows 7 video drivers: 304.79
Windows 8 video drivers: 304.79

tl;dr

Windows 7 Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - 113.89 fps
Windows 8 Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - 111.16 fps

Windows 7 Mafia 2 - 12.1 fps
Windows 8 Mafia 2 - 12.1 fps

I ran the Mafia 2 benchmark in both Windows 7 and Windows 8 three times, but got the same result each time which was very weird.


Settings for Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/hl2 settings.jpg

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/hl2 adv settings.jpg


Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Windows 7 Results

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/hflc 7.jpg


Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Windows 8 Results

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/hl2 8.jpg



Settings for Mafia 2

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/m2 7.jpg


Mafia 2 Windows 7 Results

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/m2 7bm.jpg


Mafia 2 Windows 8 Results

http://img.techpowerup.org/120819/m2 8.jpg
I`m seeing on my desktop Win8-7 are either 1-5 fps apart,Imagine what a Win8 cat driver by December could do.
 
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#52
I`m seeing on my desktop Win8-7 are either 1-5 fps apart,Imagine what a Win8 cat driver by December could do.
Pretty much what I'm seeing so far. Would love to see other comparisons, but when November rolls around expect to see official drivers and better results.
 
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#53
Since you guys are running clean installs of windows 8 where did you get your drivers? All the drivers for my mobo are in beta. Are you using Windows 7 drivers?
 

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#54
Since you guys are running clean installs of windows 8 where did you get your drivers? All the drivers for my mobo are in beta. Are you using Windows 7 drivers?
most likely, but I don't think you will have issues running Beta drivers. Im running Beta USB 3.0 drivers for my board and win 7 and its fine. But I know your the stability nazi so.
 
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#55
Since you guys are running clean installs of windows 8 where did you get your drivers? All the drivers for my mobo are in beta. Are you using Windows 7 drivers?
Ya Windows 7 drivers (Apple's BootCamp drivers) but nVidia's Windows 8 beta driver. Didn't have to install much though, Windows 8 did that for me hehe.
 

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Add me in, Windows 8 Release Preview, build 8400.
 
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#57
Anyone who purchased a PC with Windows 7 between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31st, 2013 would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a mere $14.99. Today, Microsoft opened the registration for the $14.99 upgrade promotion. You'll need to enter your 25-digit Windows 7 product key. Promo codes will be sent out starting October 26th via email and can be applied in checkout within the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/
 
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Thanks, added. :toast:

Anyone who purchased a PC with Windows 7 between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31st, 2013 would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a mere $14.99. Today, Microsoft opened the registration for the $14.99 upgrade promotion. You'll need to enter your 25-digit Windows 7 product key. Promo codes will be sent out starting October 26th via email and can be applied in checkout within the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/
Thanks again Drone, I've added a link to the OP.

Add me in, Windows 8 Release Preview, build 8400.
Welcome to the club man! How are you liking it so far?


Added another link to the OP as well. this gives you back the Start menu in Windows 8 http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


So, I took the plunge and ordered an Acer Iconia W500 off ebay

http://www.acer.ca/ac/en/CA/content/series/iconia-tab-w

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/tablets/2011/Acer/ICONIATab/ICONIATabW500/ICONIATabW500sp2.shtml

I'm hoping to do a short review of Windows 8 on a tablet when it arrives.
 

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#60
It's not on my main rig, but I like it do far now that I've gotten my way around a lot better. Learning the shortcuts and stuff.
 
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It's not on my main rig, but I like it do far now that I've gotten my way around a lot better. Learning the shortcuts and stuff.
Ya after the learning curve it gets better. I do find that I'm using shortcuts more with Windows 8 and than 7. I've been reluctant to learn shortcuts with 7 but with 8 I made a point of it, and I'm a little more productive because of it.
 
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#62
Add me in, running Win8 Pro x64 RTM (getting my key in 4 days from dreamspark premium)

Oh and whats this about needing hotmail/outlook email for getting office 2013 key? It is rather incorrect. You do know you can use any email when signing up for a Microsoft account right? :)
 
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Add me in, running Win8 Pro x64 RTM (getting my key in 4 days from dreamspark premium)

Oh and whats this about needing hotmail/outlook email for getting office 2013 key? It is rather incorrect. You do know you can use any email when signing up for a Microsoft account right? :)
Welcome Perra!

Touche, that's actually true. I'll amend the OP. :toast:
 

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#64
Ya after the learning curve it gets better. I do find that I'm using shortcuts more with Windows 8 and than 7. I've been reluctant to learn shortcuts with 7 but with 8 I made a point of it, and I'm a little more productive because of it.
Yeah definitely. But overall I love it so far. Can't wait to actually install it on my main PC. :toast:
 
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Installed and running Win 8 Pro RTM and all is running good including my games. Nice having a TechNet Professional subscription. Did win 7 upgrade option while installing instead of a clean install. By the way because I'm a Win Phone 7 user in which I got mine last year. I have a 25gb storage on my Skydrive.
 
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So anyone try the windows to go yet,Does it just make a USB setup for Windows8 r does it do something else?I see in Pro to make boot able cd but has the option for USB.
 
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I have a question about the upgrade. Can you do a clean install of Windows 8 over an exisint Windows 7 install? For example if I have Win7 installed and I go to install Win8 does it give the option to do a clean install of it? Or will it leave a "windows.old" file on the HD like Win7 did to Vista.
 

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I have a question about the upgrade. Can you do a clean install of Windows 8 over an exisint Windows 7 install? For example if I have Win7 installed and I go to install Win8 does it give the option to do a clean install of it? Or will it leave a "windows.old" file on the HD like Win7 did to Vista.
Most likely it will do a quick format of the main partition then do a clean install, thats what windows 7 installer does.
 
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Most likely it will do a quick format of the main partition then do a clean install, thats what windows 7 installer does.
Windows 7 doesnt do a quick format unless you ask it too. It just dumps the old OS into a windows.old file and leaves it in the HD. You have to delete it manually.

Ive never liked this. If you got a nasty its still would be in there.
 

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Windows 7 doesnt do a quick format unless you ask it too. It just dumps the old OS into a windows.old file and leaves it in the HD. You have to delete it manually.

Ive never liked this. If you got a nasty its still would be in there.
A clean install would be using the quick format option. If the windows 8 RTM installer is just like the consumer preview than this option is available.

They do the windows.old folder so you have a chance to move any files you wish to keep but also give you the option of quick format to do a "Clean" Install.
 
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A clean install would be using the quick format option. If the windows 8 RTM installer is just like the consumer preview than this option is available.

They do the windows.old folder so you have a chance to move any files you wish to keep but also give you the option of quick format to do a "Clean" Install.
Sweet. Thats what I like to hear. So in the future if I need to do another windows install I wont have to install windows 7 THEN windows 8. See thats how Vista was. You had to install OS's twice with and upgrade disk. It was a pain in the ass.
 

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Sweet. Thats what I like to hear. So in the future if I need to do another windows install I wont have to install windows 7 THEN windows 8. See thats how Vista was. You had to install OS's twice with and upgrade disk. It was a pain in the ass.
Windows 7 was able to do it as well but you had to do something special to the ISO to make it ask during install. It has been so long ago I forgot but I have a ISO that I had modded to ask which version and if I wanted a clean install.
 
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Windows 7 was able to do it as well but you had to do something special to the ISO to make it ask during install. It has been so long ago I forgot but I have a ISO that I had modded to ask which version and if I wanted a clean install.
See I dont wanna mod the ISO. So this is good news its in the windows 8 upgrade by default.