Well it's official, AMD's Bulldozers are definitely faster/better performed in Win 8 [Release Candidate] than Win 7....
I haven't done any benchmarks or anything, but Win 8 is visibly faster on the same machine... by about 15 - 20%.
Yeah, I know, I was never going to use Win 8 after the disappointment of the Consumer Candidate... Metro, but I just had to try it out again after reading that AMD had made specific design decisions with WIN 8 and increased performance in mind. Well it's true!
Another thing that convinced me to reinstall Win 8 is Stardock's Start8 button and not having to deal with that fugly tile UI at startup... though the resulting menu is as butt ugly as the Metro interface. Yeah, the only thing that makes 8 usable for me is Winstep Xtreme, with NextStart and WorkShelf providing access to all areas that I require... and for 40 bucks per upgrade I can't see why not. When in the desktop it's not much different to using Win 7... and all that lovely speed, performance and speed.... oooooh.
A couple of things I don't like about Win 8 is in the setup. For one; it wouldn't let me use my preferred email address, though it said I could: and two; it kept saying my phone number [for the password recovery section] was invalid for my area. Like WTF!!! I ought to know my own phone number... I give it out and people call me on it, fer fech sake. In the end I just left it blank... ornery basterds.
However, and even more frustrating, was the email address part. It said "Use Your Favorite Email Address To Login". Orright, so I tried using the Hotmail address I created for the previous release as the primary, and my ISP email address for the secondary in case of lost passwords, etc. Well it was no go, no matter which way I did it.... NO f**ken GO. Grrrr, I was getting thoroughly pissed by that stage, so I tried another option... creating a new Hotmail account within the setup, which to log in with. Well bugger me if it didn't accept it. I only changed one number, that's all, just one solitary number in the address, and it was accepted. Now what the f**k was wrong with the first [one number different] one?
BTW, I do NOT use Hotmail for personal emails at all... too many issues with hackers and other crap.