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How is the Windows 11 gaming performance? Should you upgrade if you are a gamer?

Windows 11 is the talk of the town, having been released yesterday. Have you upgraded to the new OS? Gamers will have a question about it, no they aren't going to ask, can it run Game XYZ? The real concern is, how is the gaming performance in Windows 11? Is it worth sticking to Windows 10, or do you get a boost when you upgrade to Windows 11?

Phrased differently: is it worth upgrading to Windows 11 if you use the Windows 10 PC for gaming predominantly?

Windows 11 Gaming Performance

Windows 11 Gaming Performance

I tested some graphics-heavy games from my library, and here is how they fared. Before we start, I should tell you how I rate the performance, I prefer a smooth frame rate and gameplay over the quality of the graphics. That is the only way to tell whether there are lag spikes, micro stutters, or other issues.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

The game takes a while to start up, but this has always been the case with the Rockstar launcher, it is really an awful program and Windows 11 isn't to blame here. Anyway, the game itself runs fine. As crazy as this may sound, I actually got better FPS in RDR 2 (Update 1.26 Build 1436.28) at High/Ultra settings than with Medium/High graphics, there was about a 10FPS difference for some reason. The performance does drop in heavily populated areas like St.Denis, but that is to be expected, and I had the same issue with Windows 10.

Horizon Zero Dawn

The game's performance at launch was quite poor, but Guerrilla Games patched in several fixes and HZD runs smoothly since the last update. No complaints here on Windows 11. Here is the benchmark from the game, but I'd say don't judge it by the results.

Windows 11 - Horizon Zero Dawn FPS

Note: The game incorrectly detects the OS as Windows 10 2009, while it is Windows 11 21H2 build 22000.194.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Valhalla is perhaps the only game in the list that I had concerns about. I have over 125 hours into it, so I think it's fair to say I know the problems with the game. But I'm happy with its performance on Windows 11, it's good not great.

Windows 11 - Assassins Creed Valhalla Medium-High Settings

Truth to be told, it wasn't the smoothest on Windows 10 either, I could never manage to get Assassin's Creed Valhalla running at solid 60 fps regardless of the graphics settings, but I'll take the 50-55 FPS performance quite gladly. Surprisingly, Photo Mode (and Online Mode) no longer crashes the game, though I think that has to with Ubisoft's patches.

Windows 11 ACValhalla - FPS

Valhalla too detects the OS build incorrectly.

Far Cry 5

The performance of Far Cry 5 really surprised me, it works quite well on Windows 11, even on Ultra graphics settings, which is saying something for a Ubisoft title. I had no issues with the game, and that 60FPS is really a treat.

Windows 11 - Far Cry 5 Ultimate Settings

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Gamepass PC version 1.474.687.2) ran flawlessly at high settings and a solid 60FPS. The loading times weren't too bad either.

Windows 11 - Forza Horizon 4 FPS

How good is Windows 11 for gaming?

Aside from Horizon Zero Dawn, the other games that I mentioned above, all have some sort of DRM that taxes the CPU a bit more. Many games have a frame rate cap, that you can enable to lock the FPS to 30 or 45 or 60, depending on your computer's hardware capabilities.

I have a mid-range gaming laptop with an NVidia GTX 1650 graphics card, an i5 9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM and an m.2 SSD. If you have an Nvidia RTX graphics card or an AMD Radeon RX GPU, and maybe an NVMe SDD, you will have a much better gaming performance with Windows 11. Before testing/playing the games, you should update your graphics driver to the latest version. I faced no issues emulating games in RetroArch, melonDS, PPSSPP and Citra either. The Xbox Wireless Controller works across all games as expected.

Recently, there have been reports that Microsoft VBS (virtualization-based security) has a negative impact on gaming performance in Windows 11. VBS is used for protecting the system against malware attacks, you can learn more about it here and here. I don't recommend disabling the setting, but if your games aren't running smoothly, you may turn it off at your own risk. If that doesn't deter you, go to Windows Security > Device Security > Core Isolation Details > and toggle the option for Memory Integrity.

Overall, I think Windows 11 offers the same gaming experience as Windows 10, unless you can take advantage of the DirectStorage feature, which boosts the loading performance of games that support it. Then again, it is not a Windows 11 exclusive feature.

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  1. banita said on October 6, 2021 at 4:27 pm
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    10 “articles” about windows in two days. instead of one.

    1. John G. said on October 7, 2021 at 12:58 am
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      The more articles provided the more information we get. Thanks @Martin. :]

  2. Timmy said on October 6, 2021 at 4:34 pm
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    Sorry, but this is just lame. Either post actual properly made benchmarks or don’t post at all.

  3. nico said on October 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm
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    Or you can grow up and stop playing games.

    1. The guy above me needs a lesson. Iron Heart where you at? said on October 6, 2021 at 6:58 pm
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      Your mentality is the one that needs to grow up if you really mean what you typed in your comment. You must be really opressed if you really think that only children plays games.
      Grow up.

      1. ULBoom said on October 6, 2021 at 7:21 pm
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        Can’t slam someone without asking for help? Sure, Hero.

      2. nico said on October 6, 2021 at 9:25 pm
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        Pretty sure you gamers are the opressed bunch,acting like something you’re not in video games because you suck in real life.

      3. Dumbledalf said on October 7, 2021 at 11:00 am
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        @nico

        “Pretty sure you gamers are the opressed bunch,acting like something you’re not in video games because you suck in real life.”

        Only someone with a very debilitating inferiority complex would spout drivel like this. I honestly feel sorry for you, I hope you find something in your life to make you remotely happy and satisfied.

      4. nico said on October 7, 2021 at 11:31 am
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        I’m not the one pretending to be someone else in a video game,you gamers are really a weird bunch.It’s more like you gamers make up characters because you all have an inferiority complex.

      5. MikeO said on October 7, 2021 at 1:17 pm
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        @nico,
        I suppose you think people who watch movies also have an inferiority complex too as they imagine themselves to be the protagonist? Like computer or console games it is just entertainment. I’m 74 today and still play many Xbox games. They are fun and challenging.

        With your mindset I think you are a tragic dull person.

      6. nico said on October 7, 2021 at 1:26 pm
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        You are 74 and play xbox games? Just look in the mirror,that’s tragic and dull.

      7. MikeO said on October 7, 2021 at 3:14 pm
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        Playing a game occasionally is a diversion from a very full life which I enjoy immensely. I imagine you are not much into playing cards, Maybe a game of chess is not your thing either. What do you do to get your blood moving? Sports? Something? The keyboard?

    2. Yuliya said on October 6, 2021 at 9:39 pm
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      >imagine not being paid to play video games in the current year
      Enjoy mining uranium, or whatever you do for a living, nico.

      1. nico said on October 6, 2021 at 9:41 pm
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        You another one who can’t get a real job so you game for a living?

    3. 1337 said on October 7, 2021 at 6:15 am
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      At 150+ billion a year gaming is the de facto leader of the entertainment industry. Gaming is a better time sink than putting people down on some tech forum.

      >You another one who can’t get a real job so you game for a living
      So PewDiePie doesn’t have a real job? Who’s the looser?

      1. Yash said on October 7, 2021 at 9:28 am
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        PewDiePie has a job coz folks *watch* him play games. Talk about stupid things.

      2. nico said on October 7, 2021 at 1:18 pm
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        Acting like a mentally retarded kid on youtube is stupid,and the people watching even more so.Yeah that’s scraping the bottom of the barrel in what is considered a job in society.

      3. Yash said on October 7, 2021 at 1:37 pm
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        Jimmy Kimmel made fun of people watching other people play games, and in response people disliked his video for real. Watching other people play games – not for me.

      4. nico said on October 7, 2021 at 11:34 am
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        Definitely not a real job no.He acts like a 5 year old playing a video game.So his job description is “screaming like a 5 year old while a bunch of retards look at me”.Not something to be proud of.

    4. assurbani said on October 7, 2021 at 11:19 am
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      mentality from the Middle Ages

      1. nico said on October 7, 2021 at 11:45 am
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        I’m not roleplaying in a medieval game.I saw a bunch of gamers talk about a game called “Skyrim” like it was reality.They have an entire background made up for their characters.I don’t get it,how much must your life suck that you have to make up stuff in a video game to feel better about yourself.

      2. Reality said on October 7, 2021 at 2:08 pm
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        Nico you sound like a pathetic angry little man yelling at the clouds.

        Go to bed. No one cares what you think.

  4. ULBoom said on October 6, 2021 at 7:19 pm
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    So, you can play games in Win 11. Yay.

    What about Amazing Curated Solitaire 11 Experience?

  5. Yuliya said on October 6, 2021 at 9:36 pm
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    This isn’t helping much. You should have posted results from both W10 and W11, using the same driver set and software installed, preferably with default/preset settings so they can easily be reproducible.

  6. Anonymous said on October 6, 2021 at 10:43 pm
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    Gaming has become so boring. Glad I don’t game anymore.

  7. fuwa said on October 6, 2021 at 11:03 pm
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    This seems pointless without any actual comparison to Windows 10. The only take-away is that, yes, Windows 11 can play games, which is hardly post-worthy. I’ve followed Ghacks for years, but the deluge of low-quality Windows 11 posts over the last two days is deeply discouraging for the site’s future.

  8. Pedro said on October 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm
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    The Crack version of Shadow of Tombraider dont work in win 11 ( The codex version dont work) (CPY version works ok)
    Its the only issue that I have.

  9. Ray said on October 7, 2021 at 1:42 pm
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    Disable core isolation on Windows 11 and try to see if there is a difference on Horizon Zero Dawn. I know it has an impact on fps

  10. MikeO said on October 7, 2021 at 3:14 pm
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    Playing a game occasionally is a diversion from a very full life which I enjoy immensely. I imagine you are not much into playing cards, Maybe a game of chess is not your thing either. What do you do to get your blood moving? Sports? Something? The keyboard?

  11. LDA said on October 8, 2021 at 6:42 pm
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    Nico is here to play troll. That’s his game. Nothing better to do.

  12. Alex Production said on October 13, 2021 at 3:39 am
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    Hello, I just wanted to ask if I use an external display to bypass the optimus in my laptop, can I still have the onboard display as my primary display and have the optimus disabled at the same time? Or do I have to always use the external display? I’m have ASUS TUF Gaming F15 2021

  13. Frank said on October 19, 2021 at 10:21 pm
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    Too early for him to go to bed, it’s a great idea to get rid of him but – 6:30 is his bed time.
    What at twatt!
    Playing games at 74 is great, keeps the mind active and response times high. Poor kid never had much, let’s hope he gets on in life.

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