Windows 10 has always received a mixed response in terms of its performance. Microsoft often touts performance increases through each major feature update, but rarely are these gains OS-wide. Instead, Microsoft will target specific areas to improve. Thanks to the evolution of hybrid processors, Windows 11 should allow Microsoft to target more OS-level performance improvements.
Windows 11 has leaked recently, allowing people to see what Microsoft's upcoming platform will be like. It also allows us to dig below the surface. While the leak is almost certainly not the RTM build of Windows 11, it reveals some details about how hybrid processors can help boost performance.
According to Hot Hardware, Windows 11 running on a machine with Intel's Lakefield CPU shows performance increases compared to Windows 10 on the same CPU. Lakefield chips are the only x86 hybrid chips currently available from any brand. The world on four Atom CPU cores and a single Ice Lake core.
While the performance gains were not massive, the results show Windows 11 has between 2 percent and 11 percent better performance than Windows 10.
Because Windows 11 is not available yet, the leak is running on Windows 10 drivers. In other words, we could see better performance gains in the future.
However, while there are performance differences, they may not be enough for Microsoft to make a big deal of them when it launches Windows 11 this week. It will be interesting to see if the company is promising bigger gains than Hot Hardware found.
Tip of the day: Do you often experience PC freezes or crashs with Blue Screens of Death (BSOD)? Then you should use Windows Memory Diagnostic to test your computers RAM for any problems that might be caused from damaged memory modules. This is a tool built into Windows 10 which can be launched at startup to run various memory checks.