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Windows 10 vs Windows 11 on NVIDIA and AMD is it worth changing?

After all the controversy and problems that Windows 11 has generated and is generating, after multiple updates to this OS that came to us a short time ago, it is acceptable to understand that something newer may not always be the best, at least for the moment. Windows 10 is solid, the performance is better than Windows 7 or 8.1 and it is consolidated, without major problems or the like, but… How does it perform against Windows 11? Is the comparison Windows 10 vs Windows 11 with NVIDIA and AMD really necessary given the precedents?

The guys at Tom’s Hardware have launched a curious comparison with a multitude of games that focuses things and puts several points of light on this whole problem. It is not just Windows 10 vs Windows 11 in gaming, it is comparing two exponents of AMD and NVIDIA face to face to determine the average improvement or deterioration between two specific GPUs: RTX 3080 Ti and RX 6900 XT.

Windows 11 vs Windows 10 in gaming

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The comparison offers 14 games of various kinds, engines and developers where DX12 is used to its credit in order to maintain a common point between both OS. Apart from the breakdown by game and resolution we have the averages and … There are curious facts

We will start with the data from the RTX 3080 Ti in Average FPS, where the differences are only of + 0.6% for W10 and 1080p, -0.3% and -0.9% for Windows 11 in 2K and 4K. There are no surprises here and in fact the measurements fall within the tolerance range for measurements.

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The interesting thing here is the percentile, where in 1080p the difference in favor of Windows 10 is one 2.2%, while in 2K and 4K it is within what is expected with a + 0.1% and -1.1%. Perhaps in the most demanding resolution Windows 11 makes the minimum difference, which is less than 1 FPS, invaluable for any player, even professional.

AMD shows “higher” data variances

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With AMD curiously we have on the one hand almost total stability with a -0.1%, + 0.3% and 0% in 1080p, 1440p and 4K respectively, so there is no difference between the two operating systems. But looking at the percentile everything changes, although also by the minimum with -0.7%, -0.2% and -0.3% in favor of Windows 11.

The problem is that they are such minor differences that they cannot be appreciated while playing, since in 1080p 0.7 FPS of GAP, 0.1 FPS in 2K and in 4K only 0.2 FPS. Therefore, as a conclusion, you have to be objective and look at things with a greater perspective.

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Globally Windows 11 does not bring a single real benefit compared to Windows 10 as long as we do not have an Alder Lake platform from Intel in our possession (Intel Thread Director is vital here for the architecture).

What we must do is look specifically at the game that interests us and decide, because yes you can see some specific performance differences per game and resolution, but in general where one takes away from the other, the other returns it and they end up in a technical draw that does not justify the change of operating system except for the aforementioned case of Alder Lake.

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