When Microsoft launched Windows 11 last October, aside from new features the big selling point was a promise of much better improvement over Windows 10. That promise was kept as Windows 11 is better than the often-patchy Windows 10. Ahead of Microsoft’s first upgrade (Windows 11 22H2), a new test shows Windows 11 remains a top-performing operating system.

Puget Systems put Windows 11 to the test against Windows 10, Intel’s Clear Linux, and Ubuntu 22 to see how it stacks up. The results show that the performance of Windows 11 has only gotten better over the nine months since its release.

It seems that as the platform becomes more stable, the performance gains Microsoft talks about are becoming even more apparent. Windows 11 also remains a better performer than its open-source rivals. However, those rivals are making up ground by enjoying their own performance gains, according to a separate study.



For the test, Puget Systems used the following parameters:

The tested platforms:

  • Windows 11 Pro
  • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with Linux 5.18 stable kernel
  • Intel’s Clear Linux 36580

The test system:

  • Intel Core i9 12900K
  • ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WiFi motherboard
  • 2x 16 GB DDR5-6000 memory
  • Radeon RX 6800 XT GPU


While Puget Systems found Windows 11 to be doing well, a separate test from Phoronix shows Linux and Ubuntu are making up ground. In this test, the results show Windows 11 is slipping in terms of average performance.

It will be interesting to see what adjustments Microsoft makes through the 22H2 update. I expect Windows 11 to get another improvement.

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