Upgrading To Windows 11? Have An AMD Processor? Important Information

In early October, AMD warned users about potential performance issues on the relatively new Windows 11 operating system. As of October 12, those performance issues became much worse. 

Latest Windows 11 Update Worsens AMD Chip Performance Problems

In early October, AMD warned users about potential performance issues on the relatively new Windows 11 operating system. As of October 12, those performance issues became much worse.

What’s Causing The Performance Issues?

TechPowerUp discovered that a recent Windows 11 update caused latency to rise, drastically affecting the user experience. This is the result of two key issues:

  • L3 cache latency can triple on Windows 11 systems, which slows performance by up to 15%
  • AMD’s preferred core technology (which prioritizes the fastest core for each thread) may also impact performance tasks that deal with the CPU

Experts expect Microsoft to issue patches for these issues by the end of the month. In the meantime, users that engage in CPU-intensive activities such as gaming will continue to experience higher latency.

In spite of a range of new features, an innovative interface, and more, Windows 11 has suffered a difficult launch. These AMD chip performance issues are only the latest problem to surface.

Microsoft is taking a big step forward with Windows 11 — so big that it may not be a viable option for many businesses if their hardware does not meet the strict requirements of the new operating system (OS).

Windows 10 was a generally accessible option to many users, which is why Microsoft pushed migration so hard. It’s not the same with Windows 11, however. The specific hardware requirements make it difficult for businesses to make the change.

Do you have the hardware necessary to run Windows 11?

Microsoft Updates Minimum System Requirements

It is important to note there are certain hardware requirements that need to be met in order to run Windows 11.

Do your devices meet these requirements?

  • Modern CPUs: 2-core (2018 or newer)
    • Intel 8th Generation Core
    • AMD Ryzen Gen 2 (Zen+)
    • Qualcomm 7c, 8c, 8cx
  • 4GB Memory
  • 64GB Storage
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 / UEFI Secured Boot
  • 64-bit OS only
  • >9” with HD Resolution (1280 x 720 (720P) equivalent)
  • DirectX 12 API compatible graphics / WDDM 2.0

Microsoft has also recently expanded the options for compatible 64-bit processors that you can use with Windows 11. Their criteria for minimum system requirements are based on a benchmark for reliability, security, and compatibility.

In addition to the previously listed options, Windows 11 minimum requirements now include:

  • Intel® Core™ X-series, Xeon® W-series
  • Intel® Core™ 7820HQ

If you’re not sure how to parse the minimum requirements and cross-reference with your current system, you can use the PC Health Check App. Available to Microsoft Insider members, this app evaluates your system automatically and lets you know whether Windows 11 will run properly.

Can You Switch Back To Windows 10?

What happens if you try out Windows 11 and you don’t like it? The good news is that Microsoft offers a 10-day grace period, in which you can decide whether you want to stay with Windows 11 or not. If you find you don’t like the user experience, you can simply go back to Windows 10.

Need Help With Windows 11?

Many businesses that want to switch to Windows 11 might not yet be compatible with the minimum requirements. If you’ve made the change already and are experiencing issues, we can help.

Call the Orbis Solutions team to see how we can help you make the transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and find out if your current devices are capable of running Microsoft’s new OS.

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