Windows 7 or 8.1 best for Mac gaming?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Pinksteady, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking about installing Windows via BootCamp purely for experimenting with games on my new 15"rMBP (the model with the discrete graphics).

    Which OS is best for this - Windows 7 or 8.1? I.e. in terms of driver compatibility, performance etc.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Windows 7 all the way. I installed that to play BF4 on my 27" iMac (4GB GTX780M) and my rMBP to play NFS MW (Criterion Games version, more like Burnout)
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    I would suggest Windows 8.1 as it supports HiDPI for proper scaling with the Retina display. Windows 7 is OK on the rMBP as well, but you would need to run the system at its full 2880x1800 with the scaling set at 199% for optimum legibility.
     
  4. Pinksteady thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting, thanks for the info! I'll do some more reading on this subject.
     
  5. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Windows 8.1 has a newer version of DirectX and some great compatibility optimizations for older games. That is why it gets my choice.
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    8.1 shows a 5-10% speed increase across the latest titles
     
  7. Pinksteady thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks all. I've gone with 8.1, working well so far, just need to pick some games to try now!
     

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