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Windows 8 faster than Windows 7 due hardware accelleration

Posted at 25 July 2012 19:36 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft employee Rob Copeland has posted an interesting blog on the Microsoft website explaining why Windows 8 graphics are an improvement over previous versions of Windows. The author claims that hardware acceleration has increased performance considerably. While one might expect that the pretty much 2D Metro GUI should give less load on the PC, it seems that isn’t true. Microsoft had to make sure 2D and text rendering was faster than ever. No longer is 2D, soooo 80’s, it’s totally 2012, the same goes for text, according to the blog.

To improve the speed of Windows 8 they first developed new tests to measure if they actually made improvements. Then they optimized default text rendering in Metro style apps and to for improved 2D graphics, they introduced Target Independent Rasterization which increases performance as the GPU get much earlier involved then how it previously worked. Also rendering images has been optimized, by using faster encoding and decoding techniques.

If you’d like the full explanation, read the entire blog post here (and read the anti Windows 8 comments below the post)

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ChristineBCW
MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 26 Jul 12 12:53
    I'm going to have to load WP 5.1 on it and check out the speed. The Compaq 296/SLT lets me start it up, type a 2 paragraph letter, and send it to the printer in 1min 24sec. From turn-on switch to the sound of the lovely rat-a-tat-tat of the Okidata.

    With SSDs and a Z77 board, surely, I can accomplish that. Oh wait - without a keyboard, though... hmmm... I sure hope these touchscreens allow about a 100wpm typing speeds, eh? yeah... riiight... I'm thinking of all those retail bar-coders that can't read on first-pass. "Who's typing AND eating guacamole at the same time?"

    That German Opa... I can't get that skit outta my head.

    Of course, the article is comparing Win8 to 7... not to DOS and WP 5.1... yeah, there's always a catch...
    DukeNukem
    MyCE Resident Commenter
    Posted on: 26 Jul 12 21:06
      Soo... TAR helps GPU with 2D on Win8.
      There's a joke there, I just gotta find it.
      Kenshin
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 26 Jul 12 23:38
        All we need now is Windows 8 on MacBook Pro Retina. Apple has just released Mountain Lion update (OS X v10.8) as well.
        tmc8080
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 29 Jul 12 04:08
          Umm, these numbers mean nothing without showing what resolutions they are using.. 800x600 doesn't matter.. it's the HD resolutions which will mean something.. typically the higher resolution you go the slower the graphics performance & frame rate.. so, starting @ 1080p 1920 x 1080(1024?) and going up.. how fast are the max frame rates in stock (non OC'd)?

          with true stats, then you can compare apples to apples..
          Kenshin
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 29 Jul 12 09:22
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by tmc8080
            Umm, these numbers mean nothing without showing what resolutions they are using.. 800x600 doesn't matter.. it's the HD resolutions which will mean something.. typically the higher resolution you go the slower the graphics performance & frame rate.. so, starting @ 1080p 1920 x 1080(1024?) and going up.. how fast are the max frame rates in stock (non OC'd)?

            with true stats, then you can compare apples to apples..
            Here's an MP4 video: http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/fbfa/2dbd096...phics_high.mp4
            ChristineBCW
            MyCE Die Hard
            Posted on: 29 Jul 12 13:46
              I wonder if I can install DOS on an ASROCK Z77 Extreme 6? I should try that when we get home... the "no IDE connector" might be a problem, but maybe the BIOS' "Handle SATA as IDE" will work.

              There's a ASROCK AMD that has an IDE and FDD conector set... add in a AM3+ 4170 (4.2Gz)...

              DOS 6.11... QEMM's memory manager. Maybe I can hit 618k of avail memory? Ya think? WP 5.1. XTREE GOLD, my old friend!!

              OK, yes, I'm bored...just sitting here waiting for Hubby to start getting quiche ready...
              Kenshin
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 29 Jul 12 14:12
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by ChristineBCW
                I wonder if I can install DOS on an ASROCK Z77 Extreme 6? I should try that when we get home... the "no IDE connector" might be a problem, but maybe the BIOS' "Handle SATA as IDE" will work.

                There's a ASROCK AMD that has an IDE and FDD conector set... add in a AM3+ 4170 (4.2Gz)...

                DOS 6.11... QEMM's memory manager. Maybe I can hit 618k of avail memory? Ya think? WP 5.1. XTREE GOLD, my old friend!!

                OK, yes, I'm bored...just sitting here waiting for Hubby to start getting quiche ready...
                It was frustrating enough for me to use DOS and Windows 3.1 and Windows 95... on the latest hardware a few years ago. It's relatively easy to find all the ancient operating systems, but using them on recent hardware is not.
                ChristineBCW
                MyCE Die Hard
                Posted on: 29 Jul 12 15:21
                  Hubby corrects me. "Remember - we're talking a gigabyte stick of memory - not a megabyte."

                  Oh. Oh yeah.

                  Well, it should be an interesting experiment at least.

                  So... if I can find one of those old AST boxes and get the 256k stick out of it, can I use peanut butter to fill up the DDR3 slot? Crunchy or Smooth? Gee, I wonder if the RMA folks would notice?

                  Or wait - duct tape, anyone?
                  Kenshin
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 29 Jul 12 15:45
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by ChristineBCW
                    Hubby corrects me. "Remember - we're talking a gigabyte stick of memory - not a megabyte."

                    Oh. Oh yeah.

                    Well, it should be an interesting experiment at least.

                    So... if I can find one of those old AST boxes and get the 256k stick out of it, can I use peanut butter to fill up the DDR3 slot? Crunchy or Smooth? Gee, I wonder if the RMA folks would notice?

                    Or wait - duct tape, anyone?
                    They are paid exactly to notice such differences.
                    ChristineBCW
                    MyCE Die Hard
                    Posted on: 30 Jul 12 14:40
                      Our office gurus confirm that Win8 offers speed improvements in just about every Actual-Use situation for our variety of software packages. However, some still don't match those packages' speed in XP, and all of the Win8s consume more resources than the XP-versions' resources did.

                      It is interesting to see MS go from the ultra-glitzy 3D-smoky shadows of Vista-Win7 displays into this flat Metro style. (And yes, I ranted against the ultra-glitzy themes, too - "I don't want to waste time looking at the OS effects - I want to waste time on MY work!")

                      In that argument, I have some appreciation for Metro. Just as long as I can customize MY desktop the way I want it - MY toolbars in MY locations. Not Ballmer's choices. Not Job's.

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