Windows 11 appears to have finally caught up with Windows 10, at least in one key area, with reports suggesting that it now performs just as well as its predecessor for some tasks.

To be honest, this is all a bit awkward for Microsoft. When Windows 11 was first introduced, to everyone's surprise, Microsoft promised that the new operating system would adapt to new hardware and provide better performance than Windows 10. While the announcement of Windows 11 was surprising, the promise that the new operating system would work better than the previous version was less – usually it is.

However, Puget Systems, a US-based system builder well known for its testing and benchmarking process, found that Windows 10 actually performed better initially on the same hardware for some tasks, particularly editing and rendering. Of video.

At the time, this discrepancy was attributed to the Windows 11 update date and the fact that some applications had not received updates to take full advantage of the new operating system. New hardware designed specifically for Windows 11 was also not available at the time. That has now changed, so Puget Systems has re-run their tests (opens in a new tab) to see if Microsoft's promises about Windows 11 performance have now come true, and the results are... mixed.

struggling to catch up

With new hardware like 12th Gen Intel processors, which were designed with Windows 11 features in mind, we expected that Windows 11 would 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 still had a performance advantage in Premiere Pro.

In other tests, the gap narrowed, with Windows 11 beating some tests like V-Ray CUDA mode (the test machines also had a 3080GB Nvidia RTX 10 GPU), but in reality, both systems are now pretty close. with the two outperforming the other in some tests.

While this is an improvement over initial testing when Windows 11 was released, the fact that the new OS has taken so long to catch up with Windows 10, and still doesn't outperform the old OS in many tests, doesn't matter. it's a good look.

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Broken promises?

So should people who have upgraded to Windows 11 bother? Not necessarily, as it's unlikely you'll notice a performance degradation if you upgraded from Windows 10 to 11.

However, it's certainly frustrating that Windows 11 doesn't deliver on many of the promises made by Microsoft. While it's not entirely Microsoft's fault (software and hardware manufacturers need to make sure their products use some of the features that Windows 11 offers), it was ultimately Microsoft that made those promises, so you can't be surprised. if your customers feel a bit upset. .

This will no doubt be the case for all creative professionals who have upgraded to Windows 11, as their workflows may be affected.

We hope that Windows 11 will get 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 have contacted Microsoft for comment.

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