Want to know which version of Windows will run best on your system? Check out these latest performance tests that give you a definitive look at whether you should run Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7.
The tests were performed by our friends at TechSpot.com. Previously, TechSpot had run performance tests on Windows 7 versus Windows 8 and found that Windows 8 was on par with Windows 7 in terms of performance.
But how do the two previous OSes stack up against Windows 10? Here’s what they found out.
“We believe [Windows 10] is the best version yet, if only for its improved looks and functionality across devices and form factors”
TechSpot tested the three versions of Windows on a fresh install on the same system. That system’s tech specs included:
- Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz – 3.8GHz)
- Asrock Z97 Extreme6
- 8GB DDR3-2400 RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
- Crucial MX200 1TB
- SilverStone Essential Gold 750w
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Windows 8.1 Booted Fastest
TechSpot used an application called BootRacer to measure the time it took for Windows to boot up across the three OSes. Windows 8.1 delivered the best performance, taking just 4 seconds to boot up versus 6 seconds on Windows 10 and 5 seconds on Windows 7:
The tester admitted that “in realistic terms I struggled to find real differences, with the three operating systems just one or two seconds apart from each other on a fresh install.”
Windows 10 Boots Fastest from Sleep
In terms of booting from sleep, however, Windows 10 boots faster than its “competitors”. The test stops the moment the desktop is loaded:
Windows 10 Had the Best Futuremark PCMark 7 Scores
Futuremark PCMark 7 is one of the industry’s most popular benchmark testing applications, letting you see how well a computer can be expected to perform in various games.
In these tests, Windows 8.1 “was consistently faster than Win 7 by a little over 100pts while Windows 10 was around 600pts faster on average.”
Windows 7 Had the Best Chrome Performance
Interestingly enough, both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 were slower for Chrome performance based on the Mozilla Kraken browser benchmark test. Windows 10 wasn’t much faster than Windows 8.1, which suggests that something changed in the way Microsoft handles browser processing over its last two operating systems:
Virtually Identical Disk Speed Tests
TechSpot performed 8 different disk speed tests using both SSDs and HDDs. These tests all said basically the same thing: Windows disk speeds have remained fairly steady over all three operating systems.
Tests were performed using CrystalDiskMark. You can see the results on this page. In terms of MB/s read and write speeds, the operating systems were hardly different.
Windows 10 Has a Slight Performance Boost for Gamers
TechSpot tested performance across five different games, including BioShock Infinite, Metro Redux, Hitman Absolution, Tomb Raider, and Crysis 3.
BioShock Infinite was virtually the same across all three operating systems:
However, improvements were observed in both Metro Redux (where Windows 10 tested 4fps higher on average) and in Crysis 3 (where Windows 10 tested 4 fps higher than Windows 8.1 and 2 fps higher than Windows 7:
What These Tests Mean
-If your machine can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 smoothly, then it should have no problem running Windows 10 (you should actually speed up your PC in certain areas)
-The differences between the three operating systems are minor in most areas, although Windows 10 seems to have definitively improved gaming performance
I’m not sure why you would avoid upgrading to Windows 10, but if you were worried about performance, then that’s clearly not an issue.