I know I should have done this a while ago but I’ve been waiting for patches hoping things will get finally fixed. Although patches so far were somewhat good and improvements were brought to the game I can’t really say that I’m satisfied.
Windows XP is the better OS for running Call of Duty Black Ops. I knew Black Ops would perform faster in XP, people all over the Internet were saying that their FPS was improved 10-20% but I never expected the gameplay to be so fluid, it’s unbelievable.
Here are the charts comparing Black Ops performance in Windows 7 and Windows XP:
As you can see in Windows XP FPS is stable with no big drops, Windows 7 is all over the place.
In Windows XP more frames are rendered in the same time (60 seconds).
This one speaks for itself.
Black Ops performs way way better in Windows XP than Windows 7.
|Windows XP||Windows 7|
|Constant FPS||FPS Drops of more Than 60%|
|Half Map Loading Times for 2nd,3rd etc Load||Big Map Loading Times|
|Fluid Gameplay, No Hangs||Hangs from Time to Time|
|No Waiting for Black Ops to Become Playable||30 Seconds before Black Ops Becomes Playable|
|OS is Responsive immediately after Exiting Black Ops||Wait before OS is Responsive after Exiting Black Ops|
So what should you do? Should you go back for XP? No, XP is half the operating system Windows 7 is. You shouldn’t give up on 7 just because a game doesn’t perform that good.
The thing you should do is Dual Boot Windows XP and Windows 7. I did this and I don’t mind waiting for Windows XP to boot up before playing Black Ops, at least I will be able to play it without any troubles !
Here are my PC specs:
Windows 7 x64 SP1 RTM vs Windows XP x86 SP3 | Windows 7 x86 SP1 RTM
Gigabyte P43-ES3G rev1.0
E5200 @ 3.3 Ghz
2 GB Ram @ 800 MHZ
HD5750 1 GB ( Catalyst 10.12)
Samsung HD7531LJ 750 GB (AHCI enabled in both OS)
Windows XP took 400 MB before entering Black Ops
Windows 7 took 700 MB before entering Black Ops