Bootcamp performance

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by starski0, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. starski0 macrumors newbie

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    I've been search the web and the forum for a while and haven't found anything conclusive so I thought I'd just ask.

    I have an early 2011 macbook pro. I enjoy playing cs:go on it but I noticed that its performance has gotten progressively worse with newer versions of the OS.

    I installed windows 8 about a year ago and, though I never used it for playing, I noticed that it was slow in general. So I don't think it's an option for gaming.

    I'm considering now getting a windows 7 license with the sole purpose of running a few games.

    I'd really appreciate if someone could advise me on whether I should expect good results from a bootcamp Windows 7 before I waste the money. =D

    Thanks
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    For any given game you're likely to get better performance under Windows.
     
  3. starski0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea, this is what guessed. But considering I know Windows 8 wasn't very good in general, can I assume Windows 7 will be better?
     
  4. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    Windoze in any version is slow and crappy.
     
  5. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Not necessarily slow, but unstable, yes.


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    I suggest you try Windows XP... It is lightweight because it was made for old machines. But Windows XP is no longer supported, isn't it? Yes, so rather than use the original XP, use Windows Embedded.
    I use Windows Embedded POSReady2009 on my Mid-2009 MacBook Pro and I get significantly better performance. One reason is the OS is lighter, and another reason is that you use official drivers from the GPU manufacturer, like Nvidia, and these drivers have more options. You can run the GPUs at a higher clock speed for better performance.
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    Windows 8 is just as good at running games as Windows 7. Make sure you have latest drivers installed and that you use appropriate settings in your game.
     
  7. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I have been running Windows 7 for pretty much ever alongside my OS X partition. I ditched it yesterday since I saw Windows 8 has better drivers now than it did before.

    I'm on it right now and it's fantastic. The whole tiles thing is kind of intrusive at times, but I'll take advantage of it just to have tiles with Netflix, weather, stocks, etc.

    Booting up is much faster as it's booting with EFI now like OS X - both boot equally as fast. Text rendering on the web and throughout has greatly improved on the retina.

    Just remember to install the Apple drivers and all Windows updates. They make a huge difference.
     
  8. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    Windows 7 will be no faster than Windows 8. If anything the opposite. I think you are playing more demanding games or installing too much useless stuff as that should be the only reason anything gets slower. If you take care with your installs Windows 8 stays as quick as day one for years. It is also the quickest Windows so far with lots of memory optimizations and all the new graphics drivers aren't really tested for anything more than basic compatibility on older platforms. The new ones will always give you better performance.
    Between Vista and XP was the difference of Dx9 vs 10 but there is no such difference with Windows8. The only thing people complain about with Win8 is the GUI, justfied or not, in terms of speed it is absolutely at least as good as Win7 and better on occasion.
     
  9. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Where'd you get your license?
     
  10. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Uh I found a code somewhere
    This is an evaluation copy though
     
  11. UniDoubleU macrumors regular

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    Actually Windows 8; more precisely Windows 8.1 is faster than Windows 7 in both booting up and operations. If you cannot deal with the UI just install ClassicShell for free!
     
  12. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Really?!
    Huh...
     
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It's true. This is because Windows 8.1 supports native UEFI booting.
     
  14. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    But not on the OP's 2011 MacBook Pro. Only Macs with Haswell CPUs support this option (I know you know this - it was more for the OP so he doesn't get a wrong impression).
     
  15. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh really?

    So then Windows 8.1 is NOT faster than Windows 7 on anything before Haswell?
     
  16. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Only in boot times.

    In everything else, it's faster.
     
  17. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh

    So Windows 8.1 IS faster than Windows 7 besides boot time?
     
  18. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Yes.

    If Windows 8.1 is installed in BIOS-CSM like Windows 7, boot times are identical, but everything else is faster.

    If Windows 8.1 is installed in UEFI, everything is faster including boot times.

    I also know that you are not an SSD fan (I remember that thread when you ultimately ended up getting ridiculed in your own thread), but if both Windows 8.1 UEFI and Windows 7 BIOS-CSM are installed on an SSD, the performance gap is even larger.

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    Yup, forgot to mention that. Thanks!
     

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