Windows 11: Performance at stake in direct comparison to Windows 10

Windows 11: Performance at stake in direct comparison to Windows 10

Windows 11

Windows 11 has finally arrived officially. Many of you may have already installed it thanks to the Windows Insider program, backed by the promise of better gaming, although most of the new features are available or are in any case designed to also arrive on Windows 10. But this is not surprising given the nature of the free update of the new version of Windows, designed to maintain a continuity relationship with the previous one as a function of an expansion of the Microsoft ecosystem, which is currently one of the company's priorities.

The Auto function HDR, for example, was developed on Windows 10 and is available in preview since March, while the DirectStorage requirements explicitly mention Windows 10 at version 1909. But Windows 11 has a new storage stack that promises to make better use of the technology and enjoy a lower level integration of the Game Bar and the Xbox Game Pass service, the spearhead of the gaming offer of the Redmond company. In addition, future promises include the ability to pause multiple games, console-style, with the ability to quickly restart them without impacting the system, and other evolutions that may be exclusive to the new Windows.

Microsoft has also worked on Game Mode and Auto HDR in Windows 11 This does not mean that the two operating systems are very close to each other and for this reason it is natural to wonder why Microsoft has decided to change its nomenclature, instead of simply updating Windows with the new features. But some changes, including the abandonment of 32-bit support and the requirement for TPM 2.0 technology, made it necessary to make a clear distinction and led us to want to check the actual in-game performance of Windows 11, compared to that of Windows. 10.

To do this we have updated the drivers, obviously including those of the video cards already available in the Windows 11 ready version for several days, and it is worth specifying that we have not encountered any problems, even in verifying all the features of the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD software, starting from upscaling technologies to get to automatic overclocking tools.

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We therefore started confidently with our tests using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT as GPU, installed on our most performing platform which has an AMD Ryzen 9 processor. 5950X, GIGABYTE AORUS Master motherboard, 16 GB of G.Skill TridentZ memory with a frequency of 3600 MHz and CL16. We have also enabled Resizeable Ba r, which allows the system to access all the memory of the GPUs, used a PCIe 4.0 WD Black SN850 SSD and activated the Game Mode that automatically deactivates everything that is not necessary to give maximum priority to games.

Watch Dogs: Legion is a demanding title, with and without ray tracing, and represents an all-round test for Windows 11 We used all this good luck to run a benchmark battery made up of five games to be able to evaluate the behavior of Windows. However, we have limited the tests to 1440p and 4K resolutions, where the influence of the CPU on performance is less and it is easier to verify the actual performance of the GPU, with all graphics settings at maximum, active ray tracing and DLSS upscaling performance in the tests on the NVIDIA GPU.

Gears 5

Tangible gain on Windows 11 for our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Starting with Windows 10, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT flexes its muscles in pure rendering with Gears 5 in 1440p resolution, thanks to the partnership with the AMD Ryzen 5 5950X and the optimizations implemented from the launch of the title to today. It also gains something in the transition to Windows 11. The increase is infinitesimal, but we mention it since it was constant for all the battery tests carried out.

The real surprise in this regard comes from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti that in the transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11 earns up to 12% more with the title branded The Coalition. Not enough to even the score in 1440p, but enough to change the situation in 4K and show excellent signals from Windows 11. On the other hand we are talking about a title of the Xbox brand and its application. ! function () {"use strict"; window.addEventListener ("message", (function (e) {if (void 0! == ["datawrapper-height"]) {var t = document.querySelectorAll ( "iframe"); for (var a in ["datawrapper-height"]) for (var r = 0; r

Dirt 5

Dirt 5 rewards power in rendering of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Even in Dirt 5 the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT imposes itself on the NVIDIA card. The advantage in 1440p is less and that in 4K is minimal, but still an advantage it is, despite the active ray tracing and the largest number of compute units dedicated to the physics-based lighting of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

By the way, in the transition to Windows 11, the AMD card is the only one to earn points, even if only in 1440p, where it doubles the advantage margin.All the other benchmarks, on the other hand, are identical and reaffirm, in the second test in a row, the maturity of Windows 11 in the gaming field.! function () {"use strict"; window.addEventListener ("message", (functi on (e) {if (void 0! == ["datawrapper-height"]) {var t = document.querySelectorAll ("iframe"); for (var a in ["datawrapper-height" ]) for (var r = 0; r

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Again the NVIDIA card benefits from the upgrade to Windows 11 The brute power of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT in native rendering on the AMD ecosystem also pays off in the Ubisoft title, with a net difference in 1440p and in any case full-bodied in 4K, both in the tests on Windows 10 and in those on Windows 11. But even in this case, although the AMD card is in advantage , the NVIDIA card gains in switching to the new operating system.

The AMD card earns just a few commas in 1440p, which is irrelevant to the actual average, and doesn't earn much even in 4K, although in this case the results proved sufficient to raise the average by one frame per second. On the other hand, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti earns almost 5.5 percentage points in both 1440p and 4K, obviously as for all tests with the exact same configuration, the same settings and the same drivers. ! function () {"use strict"; window.addEventListener ("message", (function (e) {if (void 0! == ["datawrapper-height"]) {var t = document.querySelectorAll ( "iframe"); for (var a in ["datawrapper-height"]) for (var r = 0; r

Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion it is the only title to lose something in the transition to Windows 11 Another Ubisoft title, but this time the winner is the NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3080 Ti. From the graphics you would not say, but in the case of the AMD Radeon Rx 6800 XT we are talking about native rendering , while as far as the NVIDIA card is concerned the game runs with ultra ray tracing, obviously aided by the DLSS in performance mode. It therefore offers an avalanche of realistic reflections that weigh heavily on the hardware. In native rendering, however, the scores in 1440p of the GeForce are identical to those of the opponent and are 7.5% higher in 4k, with a total of 57 FPS.

Even in this case, however, our attention is paid to the differences between the scores obtained with Windows 10 and those recorded on Windows 11 which are almost identical. There is a slight downward fluctuation in 1440p framerate on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, but it certainly doesn't compromise a big picture that puts us in front of a gaming-ready Windows 11 right from launch. ! function () {"use strict"; window.addEventListener ("message", (function (e) {if (void 0! == ["datawrapper-height"]) {var t = document.querySelectorAll ( "iframe"); for (var a in ["datawrapper-height"]) for (var r = 0; r

Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

With Metro Exodus le performance on Windows 11 remains substantially unchanged Even with the 4A Games title it is not necessary to pay attention to the differences between the two cards which this time greatly favors the vice flagship NVIDIA, thanks to an excellent optimization for RTX technologies, with the DLSS which significantly increases performance despite ray tracing. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is instead challenged by the heavy benchmark and cannot even resort to the FidelityFX Super Resolution, but in game it still guarantees very often more than 60 FPS.

Having said that, let's move on to the comparison that we are most interested in, the one between the two versions of Windows, which ends with a substantial draw or, despite a small gain for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti in 1440p resolution. Nothing transcendental, mind you, but further confirmation of how, in a framework that sees Windows 11 behave well with both graphics architectures, the NVIDIA card is the one to enjoy most of the transition to the new Microsoft operating system. ! function () {"use strict"; window.addEventListener ("message", (function (e) {if (void 0! == ["datawrapper-height"]) {var t = document.querySelectorAll ( "iframe"); for (var a in ["datawrapper-height"]) for (var r = 0; r

The result of the comparison

The transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11 from a gaming perspective seems completely painless. No driver problems, no crashes, no obvious anomalies and almost no performance drop, at least according to our benchmarks, all positive except for a single test battery and only for regarding the 1440p resolution.

In any case, the single and marginal drop in framerate of Watch Dogs: Legion takes second place compared to the numerous cases in which we have seen the framerate increase, especially as regards the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti which in the case of the Gears 5 benchmarks put us in front of net fluidity increases. All with the Game Mode active, apparently freed from the uncertainties of the the initial version, which optimizes the system and frees us from the clutter of having to manually disable effects and processes that can affect game performance.

Xbox Game Pass plays an important role in the Windows 11 ecosystem. we can therefore only promote, at least talking about gaming, the new Microsoft operating system, looking with great interest at the promise of benefits related to the integration at a deeper level of the ecosystem of the Xbox Game pass and technologies such as DirectStorage, designed to entrust the decompression of data directly to the GPU, decrease system traffic, lighten the work of the CPU and allow almost instant loads, so as to return tangible benefits in the streaming of the textures, eliminate the pauses in fast travels in the open world and also allow new game mechanics .

It is not certain that unexpected problems do not arise, as in the case of Virtualization technology -Based Security (VBS) which, designed to protect the system from malware, could be activated by default on some pre-assembled PCs sold with Windows, reducing game performance by up to 28%, but we assume that a stumbling block of this type is solvable, or in any case limited to PCs intended for a public that has high security needs, taking note of how in the case of our configuration everything went very smoothly.

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