Windows 7 vs Windows 10 – RAM Usage, Memory Usage, Gaming, which ones are still around today? Here’s a look at the few old stalwarts that have been recycled and re-launched but still manage to stay relevant.
Windows 10 had a rocky start, but now it is faster, more efficient and synced to all your devices with OneDrive.
In 2020, Microsoft has made great strides in their operating system updates, no longer requiring people to buy the latest version every time one is released. They have also continually improved the Windows Defender antivirus software and have been able to help reduce the number of viruses on PCs.
Most Windows 10 builds can be installed on a computer from any Insider level (Fast, Slow or Release Preview) which means you may get stable features earlier than most people will.
The newly released Windows version 10 is said to come packed with some really exciting features, the most notable being what Microsoft calls the “Start Menu”.
It has been suggested that those who have not yet had a chance to upgrade consider doing so for future usability sake. Nonetheless, users already on 8.1 can still plan on new features as well as security fixes being made available until January of 2020.
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Windows 7 vs 8.1 vs 10 – Resource Usage and Performance in 2015
PCWizKids performed tests to compare the performance of Windows 7 vs Windows 8.1 vs Windows 10 Technical Preview in memory usage, gaming and fps. He used a triple-boot scenario: Windows 8.1 and 10 Technical Preview on separate drives but later added Windows 7 also on a third drive to test their comparison.
The system configuration was something like this :
- Processor – AMD A10-6700 (Richland)
- Motherboard – ASUSTek Model F285- V PRO
- Memory: 4 GB.
- Graphics Card – NVidia GeForce GT 740
- Hard Disk – Minimal
Windows 7 vs 8.1 vs 10 RAM Usage
Using Task Manager (under the Start Menu), we noticed that Windows 7 was using about 850MB of memory, which is about 20% of total system memory when in the normal process. It was followed by Windows 10 users who were using around 17% of the memory, or 700MB or so to run their PCs normally.
Although it is still very early to comment on the 10 Technical Preview, the 17% improvement from last week is quite respectable, especially if you compare it to the 20% usage reported this time last week.
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There are many contradicting opinions about how well Windows 10 is coping with RAM. In a recent forum post in May 2015, one user said Windows 10 was using 90% RAM.
But in another post from 2015, a user posted a comparison of RAM usage on Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1. He didn’t notice much difference, but the noteworthy difference was that Windows 10 had more free memory instead of standby memory.
Windows 7 vs 8.1 vs 10 BenchMark Tests
To determine the best OS, we threw in a benchmark test to see which OS is the best at working with memory and copying large files in particular. We used Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and XP. However, it’s important to note that XP is not supported by Intel Clover Trail processors and so it was left out of this round as a result.
The benchmark shows that the new Windows 10 system scored better than previous versions on PCMark 8 Home Tests. In the processor test, Windows 10 had a CPU score of 21203 compared with 2743 for both Windows 7 and 8.1 (CPU score: 21168 for Win7 and 21079 for Win8).
For home use, users may not notice much difference in everyday tasks, but high-performance systems like graphic designers and video editors see apparent improvements.
Since Windows 8.1 has just come out, it is only natural that the developer update will still be better than the initial release.
The first public test build of Windows 10 scored 2768 while Windows 7 (the previous big release) scored 6544 on the same benchmark and possibly more had it not been limited by hyperthreading in the 3DMark Sky Diver test.
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As you can see, the frame rate has vastly improved over time. In Windows 7 there was a 20-frame difference, while in Windows 8.1 and 10 there was only a half-frame difference.
The FPS scores were also almost identical at around 3.5x that of the previous generation at 503 as well. With better driver improvements, we can expect to see even more improvements in the future as developers work with more up-to-date hardware.
Windows 10 vs 8.1 vs 7 Gaming Performance
TECK YES City did some benchmarking for three games on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview.
- 5820k @ 4.2ghz / 3.3ghz cache ratio.
- DDR4 Memory at 2133 default speeds.
- GTX 970 at default speeds.
- X99S SLI Plus MSI Motherboard
When using Windows 8.1, Skyrim being the most demanding game of the three took on average 50% longer to load and 15% longer to play in comparison with Windows 7 (when all the .ini tweaks were applied, see attached document).
As for performance during actual gameplay (frames per second or FPS, etc.), both versions performed the same. In addition, Battlefield 4 was a little bit sluggish on the first start-up on Windows 8, but it made up for it once you got into the actual gameplay.
But with Windows 10 already have DirectX 12, can we expect some more drastic improvements when it comes to performance? Well, Crysis 3 didn’t work on Windows 10, but there was a significant performance boost when using 7 and 8.1.
Out of the Windows operating systems, Windows 7 is the fastest by 8 FPS in 1080p mode when compared with Windows 10 and 8.1 which finished at 66.7 and 65.2 respectively.
The Battlefield 4 performance tests demonstrated that the three operating systems performed comparably. Windows 10 had a better score with 1080p mode and averaged 88.72 fps, while Mac OS X scored an average of 86.97 fps with 1440 x 900 resolution, and Windows 7 had an average of 82.04 fps with 1080p compares.
In the Watch Dogs benchmark comparison, Windows 8.1 was almost always the clear winner with different resolution modes of 1080p, 1440p, 2160p. It gave around 2 to 6% improvement scores in the average FPS rates.
Something else that Windows 8.1 does is it makes PC games perform better than on the previous version of Windows. Although this only applies to gaming performance and not other aspects like business use.
With power usage as the parameter, Windows 10 used 68 watts less than Windows 8.1 and 7. This means that it uses a more conservative electrical power plan by default than previous versions but is actually more friendly to your battery which doesn’t make sense seeing as though it’s an idle mode study and battery life will naturally be affected.
The FurMark benchmark test shows that Windows 10 doesn’t consume any less or additional power than Windows 7 which isn’t related to this study so why bring it up? It kind of just confuses things.
Anyhow, it can be seen that if you want a streamlined operating system that has all of the bells and whistles as far as high-level utilization is concerned, then we would recommend 10. With 10, you can get similar performance in games with less processing power usage.