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  • #16
    I to have had low cpu scores on Windows 11 compared to 10. I am running a AMD 5950x and in Windows 10 I was getting 49000+ to 50000+. Now i'm getting 44000 in Windows 11. I went to this page and followed the methods they described for slow cpu performance. The link is below. I didn't do method 3 or method 5 though. It helped!! Now my CPU Mark is again in the 49000+ range. I also have PBO Enabled. Try the steps outlined and see if it helps.

    FIX: CPU Not Running at Full Speed in Windows 10. - - Windows Tips & How-tos


    • #17
      Seems unlikely that you had the Intel Power Management Driver installed with a Ryzen CPU.
      The other two steps can have a negative consequences.
      If you turn off all the power throttling, the machine will run very hot all the time, use a lot more electrical power and be far nosier.
      If you blindly disable all background services other software might stop working.


      • #18
        Just updated to 11 Release Preview (likely very little difference from the retail release at this point) and I'm only scoring 38183 CPU Mark when on Win10 it was 46477.

        Now if I can only find the screenshots I took before to see which tests specifically are coming up short. I can see single thread performance is within run to run variance at least.


        • #19
          Alexatkin, what hardware are you using and was the slow down due to a lower score for the prime number test?


          • #20
            AMD are saying they know what the cause is, but can't tell us due to NDAs. Sigh.

            But we are suspecting it might be the new Microsoft's Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) and Hypervisor-Protected Code Integrity (HVCI) features in Win11. There are some details here about turning it off

            Update: We testing some of these security options today, (again on a very limited number of machines) and it doesn't seem to be the cause of such a big difference in Prime number result.


            • #21
              Or maybe it is this issue

              "First, the measured and functional L3 latency [in Win11] can increase by ~3X, meaning you can see the impact with measurement utilities and that it results in a real degradation of performance in applications"

              Or this one,

              "Additionally, AMD's "preferred core" feature, which directs single-threaded applications to the fastest core on the chip, also might not work as expected. This would primarily impact performance in lightly-threaded applications. AMD says this performance reduction may be more noticeable in chips with eight or more cores and a 65W or higher TDP rating".

              So many bugs to choose from, I don't know which one to pick.

              That x3 cache performance difference does sound very very similar to what was measured above however.


              • #22
                Originally posted by David (PassMark) View Post
                If this was true (Win11 hurts CPU & disk performance) it would both be unexpected and pretty big news in the IT world. I suspect there must be some sensible explanation for this. e.g. different power saving setting, additional Win11 background activities for a few hours, like rebuilding the Windows search index.

                We run some tests today to see what our results are. We only have one Win11 machine at the moment. So it won't be conclusive.
                Looks like it did become pretty big news then huh?


                • #23

                  And here is the official documentation from AMD for the issue

                  Turns out this forum post was the the 2nd report of the issue worldwide.


                  • #24
                    Possibly relevant Tom's discussions:
           (Edit: David already linked)


                    • #25
                      Additional relevant article from Tom's Hardware:


                      • #26
                        That is kind of a different issue. That second article was a discussion about how new security features (slightly) hurt performance. And it seems this is expected and a deliberate trade off.

                        The issue initially reported here was just a bug in the was the cache was managed.


                        • #27
                          Agreed, It may be worth noting that security features may respond to various usage scenarios in seemingly odd ways, especially when layered on other issues.
                          While not security software related, I have seen Windows Update (on 10) trigger on dozens of PCs with attached Ethernet devices that are not Internet connected, creating many 1000s of Event Log entries (related to update failures) per day. The PC is no longer very responsive, at least in the case where an HDD is in use.


                          • #28
                            Just recently updated my Windows 11 machine last night, and it looks like it is back to normal! To everyone - I modified my CPU curves and maximum thermals (75 degrees) so that is why my 5900X score is "only" 38200.


                            • #29
                              KB5006746 from Windows Update + AMD Chipset Driver have fully resolved the anomalous Prime Number results! Memory score seems to be consistently a bit better also. So results are back in line with where they should be now.

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                              • #30
                                Update: I ran the test again a couple hours later. The results for CPU are still great but my 2D score seems to have halved (and consistently is now half of what it was before between runs)! How strange....

                                I wish I had the breakdown of my 1215 2D score from earlier to compare.....oops