Testing The 12-inch MacBook's Performance with Windows 10

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TheOakTrail, May 14, 2015.

  1. TheOakTrail macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, I've put together a new blog post that focuses on how the MacBook runs the Windows 10 Insider Preview.

    http://www.alexvking.com/12_inch_macbook_and_windows_10.html

    In short, performance is excellent, and UI transitions in particular are a lot better than on OS X. 3D gaming is also better than I initially thought. Check it out if you're interested!
     
  2. Bonaqua macrumors member

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    It's funny how things change. Previously Windows was the slow, unoptimized resource hog, but nowadays it's the other way around. This OS performance discrepancy was so evident on the maxxed out RiMac I previously owned. Hopefully the rumors are true and Apple will focus on improving OS performance with this year's round of OS updates.
     
  3. lite426 macrumors regular

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    Alex thank you! I must've missed this thread, but I replied in another thread. I also intend to run Windows 10, I read through your review, I am ecstatic you were able to run Left 4 Dead 2 at 60FPS as that's one of the games I plan to run. I would be super grateful if you could answer some questions:

    After a while of playing Left 4 Dead did you experience throttling and thus frame rate drop? If not please could you give this a test?

    Are you able to control sensitivity of the force touch trackpad like you can on OSX? I want to be able to click lightly.

    Does two finger scrolling work?

    How is battery life as compared with on OSX? I know you talked about it in your review, but if you have any further time with it or more observations I'd be interested.

    One other I used to notice when I ran my MBPr on Windows was that after disabling autobrightness, maximum brightness is higher than on OSX. Did you experience this?

    Could you try installing the game "Blitz Brigade" on the App Store and tell me how well that runs? That and Left 4 Dead are the only 2 games I intend to run.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Maven1975, May 15, 2015
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    Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

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    Both work fine under Windows 8.1.

    In fact, all you bootcampers need to update the Intel drivers. The latest ones really make a difference over the packed in bootcamp support drivers.

    Trouble is throttling. The feet on the rMBP are so close to the surface, it gets to a point where it kicks in quickly. If you hold the laptop off the surface or put it in your lap where the back is not touching anything, performance remains good.
     
  5. tigerduck macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. good to know!
    I remember reading somewhere that OS X throttles a bit more than Windows to conserve battery and prevent stuff getting from running too hot - how is windows 10 in this regard? Is the machine running hotter than usual?
     
  6. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

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    Correct. OSX keeps the CPU throttled heavily. This is one reason Macs have great battery life. Although, PC users can squeeze more performance out of their hardware if desired at the cost of battery life.

    Windows 10 ran worse than 8.1. They are still optimizing and working on the OS. Drivers are immature and battery life is pants.

    You will have a much smoother and reliable experience with 8.1.

    I will look into throttlestop and a few other programs that may help keep the CPU in check for longer durations while gaming this weekend.
     
  7. Traverse macrumors 603

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    OS X uses a lot of resources for eye candy. All the translucency demands constant re-rendering and CPU/GPU activity.
     

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