The performance of Windows 10 – speed, battery life and DX12




In our review of Windows 10 went primarily to operating experience and all innovations in visual and appniveau, because they got the biggest changes compared to Windows 8. That does not mean that nothing has changed under the hood. The internal version number is even increased by 6.2 in Windows 8 to 10.0 for Windows 10, though that leap course made since version 10.0 dovetails nicely with the product name.

To see what effect Windows 10 on an existing laptop or desktop, we have provided three systems running Windows 8.1 upgrade. Before we did that, we ran several benchmarks and tests. After the update, we ran it again. So we hoped to find out whether there are differences in performance and, at a laptop in battery life. In addition, we looked briefly to DirectX 12, the latest version of Microsoft’s graphics APIs, which should lead to improved performance in systems that are CPU-limited.

On the laptop side, we have used an Asus UX31A, also known as the Zenbook Prime. It is equipped with a Core i7-3517U and 4GB of memory. We have tests on a Surface Pro 3 twisted with an Intel Core i7-4650U and 8GB of ram. Our used desktop system had an Intel Core i7-3960X and 8GB of ram.

We started our tests with PCMark 8 Home, where we have inschakeld GPU acceleration, a test that performs different actions fit in with ‘normal home use “, such as web browsing, word processing, photo and video editing, and playing simple games.

Our two laptops have in this test show a modest profit in the transition to Windows 10. Where it is difficult to say; Intel may contain drivers for Windows 10 new optimizations or keep their cpus turbo speed longer. On the desktop system is the score on Windows 10 slightly lower.

To test the GPU performance, we used 3DMark, where we turned the Cloud Gate test on laptops while our desktop system endured the heavier Fire Strike.


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