Windows 11 set to boost Intel 12th gen Alder Lake performance by a decent amount

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jun 21, 2021 2:39 PM

Recently, Microsoft teased the ‘next generation’ of Windows for an official reveal this week, though a leaked Windows 11 build was released soon after which gave us a first look at an early build. Since then, many users online have been experimenting with the new and upcoming OS, but as it turns out W11 could provide a decent performance boost for Intel’s upcoming 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs.

Alder Lake is set to launch later this year with a brand new hybrid architecture for desktop PCs. We say brand new because it is new for desktops, but the hybrid design has been around for a while on mobile devices where power efficiency is more important for battery life (something desktop PCs generally haven’t really had a problem with). Essentially it pairs smaller (LITTLE) cores for increased power efficiency, and larger (big) cores for computational power.

The problem is that it requires a new scheduler on PC to take full advantage of the new process, and it looks like Windows 11 could provide the key to that, as early benchmarks show the Core i7-L16G7 processor from the Galaxy Book S laptop gets a decent performance boost when comparing benchmarks on Windows 10 to Windows 11.

Futuremark PCMark 10

Cinebench R23

GeekBench 5

As you can see in the benchmark graphs above, Windows 11 looks to be improving performance for hybrid architecture by 5.8% on multi-threaded applications and up to 2% on single-threaded apps. This is also an early build of Windows 11 so performance could improve upon the full release.

Obviously this is not an early version of Alder Lake CPUs being benchmarked here, so we can’t really compare whether Intel’s 12th Gen processors will get a more or less performance boost with Windows 11.

But what it does show is that the early leaked build of W11 is set to improve hybrid architecture performance by a little bit, which is quite significant since we haven’t had any hybrid CPUs on PC yet and so we have yet to see whether it will actually translate to better performance.

What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Alder Lake? Are you excited for Windows 11? Will you upgrade to both or just one? Let us know!

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13:58 Jun-22-2021

Yeah, Intel is working hard with Microsoft to get task scheduler prepared for big and little cores, since they are banking a lot on big little design being the future. Of course first generation won't be "the best", it will likely be bit like Zen1, not really taking all the crowns, but just like AMD had, Intel also has long term plan to iterate on it and...

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14:00 Jun-22-2021

... getting it out for software to start improving how it utilizes it is a good thing. And I still am excited in terms of curiosity, not necessarily buying it. That will depend on how it reviews and price to performance. But still it might be beginning of Intels return to competition. Plus I will likely upgrade to Windows 11 anyway, will see as we learn more.

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11:09 Jun-22-2021

non dectator-like opinion of mine:
im going from 8.1 to 10 when the 11th comes out : )

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21:24 Jun-23-2021

did the samething in 2019 with the 7th : v

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11:06 Jun-24-2021

That's odd. Windows 8 and 8.1 is literally worse than 10, often with metro apps malfunctioning and crashing. I'd only update my w10 install to w11 simply because of (hopefully) less inconsistent UI design.

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11:19 Jun-24-2021

What GreekBlood said - why are you stuck with 8.1 when 10 is so much better? I am also quite cautious with my OS upgrades, I still remember how it took me 15min to say goodbye to Vista back in the day when my new PC couldn't run anything properly on it. I waited a bit to upgrade from 8.1 to 10, but only until the major issues on 10 were sorted - and I was glad to leave 8.1 behind :D

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15:44 Jun-28-2021

im built like that hehe

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15:48 Jun-28-2021

Give W10 a try on a VM or as a secondary boot - you might be pleasantly surprised

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15:29 Jun-30-2021

thnx quatro i will m8

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01:01 Jun-22-2021

Here's a game comparison between win 10 and 11 from tech yes city.
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14:04 Jun-22-2021

I wouldn't read too much into it, since it is just early version and we don't even know purpose of it, how well it is optimized, or even how much "bloat" will it end with. Like ironically, Windows 10 core is very scalable and designed to run on very low end devices, but all that bloat that MS put on top of it just dragged it down a lot. Dunno how much of that is in early Win11 version.Just saying.

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23:09 Jun-22-2021

All true

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00:58 Jun-22-2021

Who want's to be that these "improvements" will disappear when Win 11 is ready for release (cause bloatware etc...)

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22:49 Jun-21-2021

Ryzen 7 3700x or Alder Lake?

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18:51 Jun-21-2021

Windows 11 is sponsored by Intel.

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16:51 Jun-21-2021

benchmark results within margin of error
can be something as easy as tweak of Windows power management in high performance mode or something like that, no real magic

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15:58 Jun-21-2021

All the charts you're showing and I'm still not able to find the 'decent amount' of performance boost.

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15:56 Jun-21-2021

Well, the test was done on an extremely thin "laptop" and the results are a tiny bit better... I'm not expecting noticeable gains on desktops, because they don't need to keep the power draw/temps at bay, unlike laptops (especially these tablet ones).

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14:43 Jun-21-2021

What about AMD? or is it only intel?

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