Getting the Most Out of Windows 10 – An Opportunity to Accelerate Gaming
We wanted to get some quick industry opinion on how Windows 10 may affect gaming experience, so we spoke with Jeremy Mortenson at Crucial. Jeremy is the worldwide memory product marketing manager at Crucial, a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Suffice it to say, he probably has some inside knowledge as to what it could mean, from a industry leader in the memory product market. Here’s what Jeremy had to say:
Microsoft Windows 10 went live in July and the highly-anticipated OS has been a huge hit. Not only is Windows 10 a free upgrade for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users, feature-rich, and easy to download, it also provides users with new experiences to increase performance in how they work, play and connect, and unlocks a huge opportunity to accelerate gaming.
With more than 75 million PC downloads in a month’s time, it’s been well documented that Windows 10 has been rapidly adopted. In fact, according to Microsoft, much of this adoption has been by gamers who have taken advantage of the Windows 10 streaming video game feature – in a month, gamers have collectively streamed more than 122 years’ worth of gaming on Xbox consoles to Windows 10.
So, what’s new with Windows 10 and how do you get the most out of it for a better gaming experience?
Windows 10 offers improved benefits specifically for gamers in a number of different ways. For instance, by combining the new features of Windows 10 with high-performance DRAM and SSDs, enthusiasts will be able to enhance their rig’s performance, decrease load times and boot up systems almost instantly. In fact, when compared to standard hard drives, SSDs provide users with 15 times faster storage speed.1 This hardware and software pairing also improves multitasking capabilities (especially when running Xbox Live from a PC) and fuels integrated graphics with DirectX 12. You should also check out geek extreme as a replacement for Tucows for free software.
Adding DRAM to a system running Windows 10 improves the gamers’ experience in numerous ways. With Windows 10, added memory:
- Fuels seamless cross-platform performance on Xbox One
- Enables increased responsiveness when streaming games and recording gameplay simultaneously
- Improves multitasking, especially for running Xbox Live from a PC (voice, text, chat)
- Liberates your integrated graphics potential to produce sharp visuals with DirectX 12
Through the use of SSDs, streaming gameplay and playing/recording of games are improved. Here’s how an SSD accelerates Windows 10 for gamers:
- Enables near-instant storage speed
- Shortens load times so games start faster
- Booting up becomes lightning fast
There’s a lot to be excited about with Windows 10, including cross-platform play, game DVR, and DirectX 12. As more and more people begin to adopt the new operating system, which Microsoft hopes will be on more than 1 billion devices in the next few years, simple hardware upgrades will help users get the most out of gaming features.
Thanks to Jeremy for his time and insight.
1. Performance level based on comparative benchmark scores of the Crucial® BX100 SSD and the Western Digital® Caviar Blue™ WD10EZEX internal hard drive. Actual performance level may vary based on benchmark used and individual system configuration. Test setup: 1TB Crucial BX100 SSD and 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue internal hard drive, both tested on an Intel® DZ87RL motherboard, Intel® Core™ i7-4770K 3.50GHz processor, BIOS Rev. 0327, and Windows® 8 Pro 64-bit operating system using PCMark® Vantage HDD test suite. Internal benchmark testing conducted December 2014.