Windows 8.1 worth it for gaming?

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#1 Edited by Gaming-Planet (13870 posts) -

I'm building a new gaming rig in a few weeks and can't decide to get windows 8.1 or stick with W7. Can't really test w8.1 64-bit because it does not support my current Athlon 64 x2 6000+ CPU.

I really don't mind the UI of W8/8.1, I just care about capability issues with games. I'll live with the annoying Metro UI if it gives an FPS increase.

#2 Edited by DefconRave (550 posts) -

Well directx 11.2 is exclusive to win 8.1 and gives a big boost to bf4 performance apparently. for other games i'm not sure.

#3 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

You're asking about 8.1, and with 8.1 you don't have to deal with the Metro UI. So, you wouldn't have to live with it.

#4 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13870 posts) -

You're asking about 8.1, and with 8.1 you don't have to deal with the Metro UI. So, you wouldn't have to live with it.

Lol yeah I sort of contradicted myself. Should have worded that better. I should have said I'll deal with the annoying UI but I won't deal with capability issues.

#5 Posted by AMD655 (4495 posts) -

No.

#6 Posted by bulby_g (1008 posts) -

I've had no issues using it.

#7 Posted by Gammit10 (2247 posts) -

I prefer Win7, but with 8.1, the latest Windows is pretty decent.

#8 Posted by toddx77 (3277 posts) -

I downlod 8.1 and have had no problems.

#9 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (15885 posts) -

My ASUS laptop came with Windows 8 (now 8.1). I've had no problems so far with any of my installed games:

Crysis 2, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Metro Last Light, Hard Reset, Mass Effects 1-2-3, Napoleon Total War, Bioshock 1, C&C 3: Tiberium Wars, and Civilization V

My only beef with Windows 8 is the ugly watercolor theme. I like Windows 7's eye candy better.....much better.

#10 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

@Elann2008 said:

You're asking about 8.1, and with 8.1 you don't have to deal with the Metro UI. So, you wouldn't have to live with it.

Lol yeah I sort of contradicted myself. Should have worded that better. I should have said I'll deal with the annoying UI but I won't deal with capability issues.

My friends that have gone to 8.1 have reported better performance in games. Not a huge difference, but noticeable.

#11 Posted by EliteM0nk3y (3382 posts) -

If you are doing a fresh install of Windows, I see no reason to not go to 8.1, the hate for W8 is a little overblown. And if you don't want to deal with the Metro interface, you can easily get a start button replacer.

#12 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13870 posts) -

My ASUS laptop came with Windows 8 (now 8.1). I've had no problems so far with any of my installed games:

Crysis 2, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Metro Last Light, Hard Reset, Mass Effects 1-2-3, Napoleon Total War, Bioshock 1, C&C 3: Tiberium Wars, and Civilization V

My only beef with Windows 8 is the ugly watercolor theme. I like Windows 7's eye candy better.....much better.

Well, that's good to hear in terms of game capability.

#13 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13870 posts) -

@Gaming-Planet said:

@Elann2008 said:

You're asking about 8.1, and with 8.1 you don't have to deal with the Metro UI. So, you wouldn't have to live with it.

Lol yeah I sort of contradicted myself. Should have worded that better. I should have said I'll deal with the annoying UI but I won't deal with capability issues.

My friends that have gone to 8.1 have reported better performance in games. Not a huge difference, but noticeable.

That's what I like to hear.

#14 Edited by Exiled_Paladin (52 posts) -

The system resource optimization is awesome and everything is so much faster only takes 5 seconds to boot up on my ssd.

#15 Posted by GarySpot (89 posts) -
#16 Edited by zaku101 (4323 posts) -

This is coming from a IT Spec

No, there will be no gain jumping from 7 to 8. There is more wrong with 8 than right. You can't even disable UAC, you have to do it through regedit....

I've actually noticed slower response times in Windows 8 and strange slow downs here and there.

You will 80% of the time get higher FPS with Win 7.

#17 Edited by skipper847 (3068 posts) -

I hated windows 8 at first and I went back to windows 7 for a while. A couple of weeks be for windows 8.1 I installed windows 8 and it took a couple of weeks getting use to but now I am happy with it and 8.1 update seems to be a lot faster then both windows 7 and windows 8. Games run a lot faster and smoother too. I have run old and new games from Star Trek Voyager Elite Force to bioshock infinite and also other games and have no problems running them. If its a new PC then I would go with Windows 8.1 as this will be the future but Windows 7 was an excellent OS and could have easily been an update for that if you wanted it but no they had to release a new OS just to make money. At least I got my Windows 8 for only £30 when it first came out as there where loads a deals on at the time but now there full price. Just to say I have windows 8.1 pro 64. I also don't use Metro but got it on but it just one click away from desktop which it self gets easy over time.