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Windows 11 Performs Worse than Windows 10 in Gaming and More on Both Intel and AMD Systems

Windows 11 is official out, and users around the world are getting a taste of Microsoft’s next-gen OS. One of the primary differences between Windows 10 and 11 is the ability to distinguish between performance and efficiency cores (in Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake CPUs), and may as well be the sole reason it exists. As per tests, performance in Lakefield (1+4) generally improves across the board with Windows 11, but what about homogenous CPUs?

Luckily for us, German outlet ComputerBase quickly benchmarked Windows 11 on both Intel and AMD systems to gauge the performance improvements/decrements.

TestWindows 10Windows 11
Application performance
Cinebench R20 single / multi599 / 4,361 points601 / 4,349 points
Cinebench R23 single / multi1,560 / 11,296 points1,541 / 11,266 points
Agisoft PhotoScan234.47 seconds235.88 seconds
Handbrake 1.4.189 seconds89 seconds
3DMark Time Spy (Total / GPU / CPU)12.541 / 13.292 / 9.50112.663 / 13.450 / 9.513
3DMark CPU Profile (Max / 1 Thread)6.341 / 1.0016.406 / 996
PCMark 10 total (3 sub-areas)7,717 (10,894 / 9,804 / 11,675)7,844 (10,654 / 10,408 / 11,812)
Bapco CrossMark total (3 sub-areas)1,686 (1,680 / 1,764 / 1,486)1,762 (1,768 / 1,776 / 1,707)
Performance in games
Test in Full HD, maximum detailsWindows 10Windows 11
F1 2020 FPS / 0.2245.6 / 173.5 FPS245.0 / 172.6 FPS
Borderlands FPS / 0.2128.6 / 96.4 FPS128.0 / 99.4 FPS
Gears Tactics FPS / 0.2209.7 / 163.2 FPS198.8 / 152.0 FPS
Kingdom Come FPS / 0.296.0 / 42.2 FPS96.9 / 38.6 FPS
Metro Exodus FPS / 0.298.4 / 62.1 FPS93.6 / 61.0 FPS
Applications on Intel Core i5-11600K (125/250 W) with GeForce RTX 3070 (V472.12)

Unfortunately, there’s a small but consistent regression in performance upon switching to Windows 11, especially in gaming workloads. Although the deltas are close to negligible, I’d suggest sticking to Windows 10 for the time being, at least till Microsoft irons out all the issues with the new OS.

TestWindows 10Windows 11
Application performance
Cinebench R20 single / multi651 / 10.189 points647 / 10.137 points
Cinebench R23 single / multi1,657 / 26,196 points1,663 / 26,168 points
Agisoft PhotoScan133.45 seconds135.01 seconds
Handbrake 1.4.145 seconds46 seconds
3DMark Time Spy (Total / GPU / CPU)18.353 / 19.886 / 12.77518.355 / 19.936 / 12.664
3DMark CPU Profile (Max / 1 Thread)12.438 / 99512.102 / 993
PCMark 10 total (3 sub-areas)9,009 (11,279 / 10,596 / 16,600)8,808 (10,899 / 10,332 / 16,468)
Bapco CrossMark total (3 sub-areas)1,627 (1,612 / 1,673 / 1,542)1,595 (1,551 / 1,715 / 1,392)
Performance in games
Test in Full HD, maximum detailsWindows 10Windows 11
F1 2020 FPS / 0.2309.3 / 199.6309.3 / 200.9
Borderlands FPS / 0.2170.3 / 127.5169.7 / 131.7
Gears Tactics FPS / 0.2181.9 / 146.7170.4 / 137.3
Kingdom Come FPS / 0.283.6 / 36.380.8 / 36.0
Applications on AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with Radeon RX 6900 XT (V21.9.2)

Interestingly, popular benchmarking applications like 3DMark, PCMark, and Bapco (generally) see a notable performance uplift with Windows 11…wait for it…on Intel systems. On AMD, we see roughly the same amount of performance deficit with these benchmarking tools. The reason behind this discrepancy is unclear, but it should be fixed in the coming weeks. We’ll update you as the story develops and will be sure to let you know when to make the switch.

Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.
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