Back at its Architecture Day 2021 event, when Intel shared the core design details of its Alder Lake processor architecture, the company stated that Windows 11 is optimized to best take advantage of Alder Lake’s hybrid performance architecture and the new Thread Director technology that helps schedule Windows 11 tasks.
Apart from that, Microsoft also claimed on a separate occasion that Windows 11 was designed to make the most of the hardware available to it, and explained how it did so. While that wasn’t the case at first, Microsoft’s claims certainly started to ring true to some extent, as Windows 11 seemed to catch up and keep up with Windows 10, at least for certain workloads.
Back to the Intel hybrid processor discussion, PCWorld tested the Raptor Lake-S Core i9-13900K on Windows 11 22H2 and compared it against Windows 10 22H2. Raptor Lake inherits Elder Lake and is built on top of the same Performance Hybrid architecture.
While there were certainly times when Windows 11 was better, there were also many scenarios where it wasn’t. And Windows 10 has also come out ahead on quite a few occasions. Here is the comparison data for image and video editing on UL’s PugetBench and Procyon:
Next up, we have the Cinebench (processing) scores, Nero Score, which tests CPU performance, AI image tagging and AVC (H.264) codec performance. There is also Handbrake which checks video conversion or transcoding:
Next, we have the Chrome 107 tests, Procyon’s Office benchmark results, and Bapco’s Crossmark Enterprise test.
Finally, we have the gaming results that show almost identical performance on both operating systems except in the case of Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveKnown as a single thread header:
Overall, it seems that the latest versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10 are still trading blows with each other, Just like they were When Windows 11 was first launched. Usually there are single digit performance differences either way.
Source: PCWorld (YouTube)