Complicated subject, I know.
I recently purchased an MSI GT70 gaming laptop running Windows 8.1 with some pretty decent specs i.e. intel core i7, solid state disc, 32 gbytes RAM, etc.
Along side it I have my 2 year old Asus G74SX (also a gaming unit) running Windows 7. It also has an intel core i7, 16 gbytes RAM and a conventional hard drive.
What I'm trying to understand is why my older Asus is so much faster than my newer MSI? I base this on both user perception AND benchmark tests (Passmark.com).
I run both Malware Bytes, Spybot and Symantec on both machines prior to any testing. Also msconfig/startup to insure only a minimum number of programs are running in the background and both machines the same.
If I launch the same program (any program) on both machines, The Asus always opens the program first by a considerable factor.
Even when I run Passmark.com I can start the test with the MSI, then start the test with the Azus and the Asus finishes in almost half of the time.
The results from the test, however, indicate the MSI to be the faster machine.
3171 for the MSI compared to 2088 for the Asus.
The only answer I can come up with is the differences between Windows 8.1 and 7 but I don't have any evidence that's the issue either but I don't know where else to look or what else to try.