GeForce GTX Titan X Tested In Windows 10, Results Inside!
Microsoft yesterday released its latest Windows 10 operating system to the general public. The OS is available as a free downloadable update for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
The updates, however, will be rolled out in multiple waves, which means even your computer is Windows 10 ready, you won’t necessarily receive the Windows 10 installation notification right away.
For those who can’t wait for the automatic upgrade, Microsoft has offered a Windows 10 ISO file, which they can use to either upgrade or do a clean installation on their PC.
Recently, the folks over at Fudzilla also upgraded to Windows 10 and conducted several performance tests using Nvidia’s high-end GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card. They then compared the test results with those in the previous OS, the Windows 8.1.
Here’s the testbed configuration:
- Motherboard: EVGA X99 FTW
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5960K, 4.2GHz (Haswell-E)
- CPU Cooler: Thermalright HR-02
- Memory: 4x4GB Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Review (HX430C15PBK4/16)
- Harddisk: Toshiba 240GB
- Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos II
- Operating System: Win8.1 64-bit
- Nvidia 353.30 Wn 8.1 64-bit
- Nividia 353.62 Win 10 64-bit
The Titan X frequencies remained the same during the entire test – 1000 MHz for the core (1075 MHz – turbo) and 7012 MHz for the memory chips GDDR5.
According to 3DMark and Unigine Heaven results, Windows 10 looks promising as it shows high performance scores. The new OS had a little advantage – on average about 1% – over Windows 8.1.
For gaming applications, the situation was different though. Under different resolution settings and graphics quality, the GTX Titan X was a bit faster on the Windows 8.1 compared to Windows 10.
However, the difference in graphics performance is very small, and you won’t be able to determine it without the counter frame rate.
According to testers, this could be due to the new Nvidia drivers which are probably not fully optimized yet.
Further, some games like Sniper Elite 3 couldn’t start on the new OS at all, but most of them ran without any issue.
In conclusion, Windows 10 currently appears to be slightly slower with Nvidia’s fresh DirectX 12-ready GPU drivers. Hopefully, after future Windows updates and with Nvidia drivers being polished, we’ll be able to see better performance results.