Battlefield 4 Windows 7 vs. 8.1 Performance Review

Is in-game real world Battlefield 4 gaming performance better on the Windows 8.1 operating system or on Windows 7? We look at video card performance between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in this game and find out if upgrading to Windows 8.1 is worth it or not for the much rumored performance advantage.

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Combined Performance Comparison

Now that we have looked at each individual video card, let’s put them together on a graph against each other in Windows 7 versus Windows 8.1. What you will find is interesting.


Test Range 2560x1600

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On this graph we are testing on the "Test Range" at 2560x1600 with both video cards listed in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

What we want to point out with this test is the difference in the video cards performance against each other versus OS. For example, the R9 290X performs 63.9 FPS on average under Windows 8.1. The GTX 780 performs 61.7 FPS under Windows 8.1. The R9 290X has an advantage of 3.5%

Now, under Windows 7 the R9 290X has a performance advantage over the GTX 780 of 7%.

What this means is that under Windows 7 there was a wider gap in performance between the 290X and 780. However, simply by upgrading the OS the performance narrows between the cards to a much lesser 3.5% difference. This means upgrading the OS has brought the cards together in performance a lot closer than it was under Windows 7.


Multiplayer 64 Player Siege of Shanghai 2560x1600

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Now, in Multiplayer. The R9 290X has a performance advantage of 6% over the GTX 780 in Windows 8.1. In Windows 7 the R9 290X has a performance advantage of 9.4%. Once again, upgrading the OS to Windows 8.1 has brought the two video cards closer together in performance.