Windows 11 appears to have finally caught up to Windows 10 – in one key area, at least – with reports suggesting it now performs almost as well as its predecessor at certain tasks.
To be honest, this is all a bit embarrassing for Microsoft. When Windows 11 was first introduced, to everyone’s surprise, Microsoft promised that the new operating system would be tuned for the new hardware and offer performance increases over Windows 10. While the Windows 11 announcement was surprising, the promise that the new OS would work better than the previous version was less – this is usually the case.
However, Puget Systems, a US-based system builder known for its testing and benchmarking process, found that Windows 10 did, in fact, initially perform better on the same hardware for certain tasks, especially editing and rendering. of video.
At the time, this discrepancy was attributed to how recent Windows 11 was and that some apps hadn’t received updates to take full advantage of the new operating system. New hardware designed specifically for Windows 11 didn’t exist back then either. That has changed now so Puget Systems has rerun its tests (opens in new tab) to see if the promises Microsoft made about the performance of Windows 11 have already been fulfilled, and the results are… mixed.
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With new hardware like Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs, which were designed with Windows 11 features in mind, we expected Windows 11 to now have the performance advantage over Windows 11, which is now seven years old. However, this is not the case.
Running the test on systems with the new Intel Core i9-12900K, AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Threadripper Pro 5975WX, and AMD Threadripper Pro 5995WX processors, Puget Systems found that Windows 10 continues to lead the way in Premiere Pro performance.
In other tests, the gap was narrowed, with Windows 11 advancing in certain tests, such as the V-Ray CUDA mode (the test machines also had a 10GB Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU), but in fact, both systems operational are now pretty close, with both outperforming the other in certain tests.
While this is an improvement compared to early testing when Windows 11 was first released, the fact that the new operating system took so long to catch up with Windows 10 – and still doesn’t outperform the older operating system in many tests – it’s not good luck.
So people who upgraded to Windows 11 should be bothered? Not necessarily, as you’re unlikely to have noticed any performance degradation if you upgraded from Windows 10 to 11.
However, it’s certainly frustrating that Windows 11 isn’t delivering on many of the promises Microsoft has made. While this isn’t all Microsoft’s fault – software and hardware makers need to ensure their products use some of the features that Windows 11 offers – at the end of the day, it’s he was Microsoft has made those promises, so it can’t be surprised if their customers feel a little uneasy.
This will certainly be true for any creative professional who has upgraded to Windows 11, as their workflows may have been affected – especially when using CPU-intensive applications such as VFX software or 3D modeling and rendering software.
We expect Windows 11 to see more performance improvements over time, but with Microsoft trying to convince people to upgrade to the new OS, disappointing results like this won’t help.
We’ve contacted Microsoft for comment.
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