W8CP is much faster than Windows 7 in common tasks

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Recently pcworld.com has done a benchmark between the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows 7. As the title says, W8CP is the clear winner.

First, let´s have a look on the machine the ran the tests on:

  • 3,3 GHz Intel Core i5-2500K CPU
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz)
  • 1 TB HDD, 7200 rpm
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card

They used their very own WorldBench 7 testing method (here you can read in detail how they test). They stated what everyone who has Windows 7 and the W8CP installed: W8CP is simply faster. It did the Benchmark 14 percent faster than Windows 7!

Startup Time:


As you can see, the startup time is very different. The opened a text file after startup to get the time. W8CP is although it has to load the Metro Design, switch to Desktop and then open the file still about 25 % faster than Windows 7. Yes, 25%!

What the hell is going on?

Well, it is a so called “hybrid boot” why it is this fast. Microsoft simply combined the speed and functionality of hibernate mode and the benefits of a fresh startup. How does this work? When Windows goes to hibernate mode, all RAM-data is written into a file on the HDD. On restart, this file is loaded again. This mode was ported to the whole system: all apps are closed by the system on shutdown. The OS state is hibernated to the HDD. On restart, the System loads the hibernated state, and you have the same state as before shutdown.

I love this. You can test it by yourself: open and work with some apps, restart and open the same apps: you are where you left.

pcworld.com tested also the

Web performance

Here they received  a much bigger difference between the two OS:  about 50%! Windows 7 and IE 9 achieved 18.9 frames per second, while Windows 8 with IE10 received 28.6 fps. the tasks were dynamic web content, including Javascript and HTML 5. Microsoft has done a real good job here.

Audio, Video, Images

Here comes a big point about running a beta version of Windows: missing drivers. Windows 8 has a huge database like Windows 7, but a dedicated driver from the manufacturer is the best solution. So I would say here we go with a draw (the difference is under 5%, so it is not noticeable for a normal user).

Office productivity

This was the only category where Windows 7 was faster. Tasks to do were typical office things like editing text, application launches or scanning for viruses. Windows 7 wins here with about 8 percent.

We are still in beta

with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The preview shows already, where the way goes. Windows 7 was fast, and Windows 8 will be even faster. I bet over time several updates will show the real potential of Windows 8.

You can read the detailed article on pcworld.com.

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