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Gaming in Windows 8 vs Windows 7: what's the difference in performance?

Do games run equally fast in Windows 8 compared to Windows 7?

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Performance: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

The performance differences with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 are smaller, in most instances less than 1 percent. Crysis 2 is again the negative outlier, while Batman is the positive one for Windows 8.

Gaming with an Nvidia card in Windows 8 is 1.29 percent faster than in Windows 7. Again, this is statistically the same performance.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 (driver 310.33)Windows 7Windows 8Difference
3DMark Vantage - P 35789 35522 -0.75%
3DMark11 - P 9845 9827 -0.18%
3DMark11 - X 3337 3342 0.15%
Heaven 2.5 - 16x AF 1920x1080 - Normal 82.8 fps 83.6 fps 0.97%
Heaven 2.5 - 16x AF 1920x1080 - Extreme 65.9 fps 66.3 fps 0.61%
Heaven 2.5 - 16x AF 5760x1080 - Normal 23.4 fps 23.4 fps 0.00%
Heaven 2.5 - 16x AF 5760x1080 - Extreme 21.4 fps 21.5 fps 0.47%
Metro 2033 - 1920x1080 - Normal 56.0 fps 56.0 fps 0.00%
Metro 2033 -1920x1080 - Highest + 4xAA 31.0 fps 32.0 fps 3.23%
Metro 2033 - 5760x1080 - Normal 22.0 fps 22.0 fps 0.00%
Metro 2033 - 5760x1080 - Highest + 4x AA 5.0 fps 5.0 fps 0.00%
Aliens versus Predator 1920x1080 - Normal 101.0 fps 100.1 fps -0.89%
Aliens versus Predator 1920x1080 - Highest 58.4 fps 58.6 fps 0.34%
Aliens versus Predator 5760x1080 - Normal 46.0 fps 45.3 fps -1.52%
Aliens versus Predator 5760x1080 - Highest 27.2 fps 26.8 fps -1.47%
Dirt 3 - 1920x1080 - Medium 179.1 fps 178.3 fps -0.45%
Dirt 3 - 1920x1080 - Ultra 114.9 fps 114.6 fps -0.26%
Dirt 3 - 5760x1080 - Medium 76.5 fps 75.1 fps -1.83%
Dirt 3 - 5760x1080 - Ultra 50.4 fps 49.7 fps -1.39%
Dirt: Showdown - 1920x1080 - Medium 140.6 fps 150.5 fps 7.04%
Dirt: Showdown - 1920x1080 - Ultra 61.9 fps 60.0 fps -3.07%
Dirt: Showdown - 5760x1080 - Medium 97.4 fps 94.2 fps -3.29%
Dirt: Showdown - 5760x1080 - Ultra 26.7 fps 25.5 fps -4.49%
Skyrim - 1920x1080 - Normal 227.2 fps 228.0 fps 0.35%
Skyrim - 1920x1080 - Highest + 4xAA 114.7 fps 112.0 fps -2.35%
Skyrim - 5760x1080 - Normal 99.3 fps 96.4 fps -2.92%
Skyrim - 5760x1080 - Highest + 4x AA 52.3 fps 52.5 fps 0.38%
Batman - AC - 1920x1080 - Normal 128.0 fps 145.0 fps 13.28%
Batman - AC - 1920x1080 - Highest + 4xAA 90.0 fps 106.0 fps 17.78%
Batman - AC - 5760x1080 - Normal 57.0 fps 88.0 fps 54.39%
Batman - AC - 5760x1080 - Highest + 4x AA 36.0 fps 43.0 fps 19.44%
Battlefield 3 - 1920x1080 - Medium 116.1 fps 112.0 fps -3.53%
Battlefield 3 - 1920x1080 - Ultra 64.9 fps 62.3 fps -4.01%
Battlefield 3 - 5760x1080 - Medium 49.2 fps 51.5 fps 4.67%
Battlefield 3 - 5760x1080 - Ultra 25.4 fps 26.6 fps 4.72%
Crysis 2 - 1920x1080 - Very high 80.9 fps 64.0 fps -20.89%
Crysis 2 - 1920x1080 - Ultra 76.2 fps 63.8 fps -16.27%
Crysis 2 - 5760x1080 - Very high 29.6 fps 29.6 fps 0.00%
Crysis 2 - 5760x1080 - Extreme 28.0 fps 27.7 fps -1.07%
Max Payne 3 - 1920x1080 - Normal 151.9 fps 146.9 fps -3.29%
Max Payne 3 - 1920x1080 - Highest + 2xAA 81.3 fps 81.0 fps -0.37%
Max Payne 3 - 5760x1080 - Normal 59.7 fps 60.6 fps 1.51%
Max Payne 3 - 5760x1080 - Highest + 2x AA 31.1 fps 31.2 fps 0.32%
Average - - 1.29%

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