Windows 11 vs Windows 10 in Gaming Performance

What’s the result of Windows 11 vs Windows 10 in gaming? Which one is better for video game play? In this post, you’ll find all gaming features of Windows 11.


By Michael / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Should I upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 for gaming?

“Windows 11 has been rolled out in Oct, 5th and numerous computer owners worldwide have downloaded and installed it. I’m a video game fan and have been using Windows 10 for a period of years and everything just goes well. So, I’m hesitating whether I should upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 just for gaming? What’s the result of Windows 11 vs Windows 10 in gaming performance and is there any improvement? Can anyone give an answer?”

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Windows 11 vs Windows 10 in gaming: what new features are added?

Windows 11 has been released recently and it’s impressive that so many wonderful new features it has brought such as the new Mac-like interface, widgets, and Microsoft Teams integration. And for video game fans, what’s most exciting about Windows 11 are the 3 gaming features that Windows 10 doesn’t own. Read on to learn each of them.

Xbox Game Pass

Windows 11 has made the Xbox app and Game Pass as its inbuilt features and it allows Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to quickly access a large number of video games as well as Xbox Cloud Gaming which is currently in Beta development. Luckily, you can now use it to play Game Pass titles with Xbox Cloud Gaming on your personal computer, no matter it’s a supercomputer or just an office laptop. What you need is a web browser with a stable network condition.

Auto HDR

Auto-HDR was first introduced to Xbox Series X/S consoles to bring HDR to videos games without any addition by game developers. Drifting back to 2017, only a handful of video games supported HDR when developers announced HDR for last-gen consoles. However, now, with Auto-HDR activated, you can play every game with HDR enabled.

Then, what’s HDR? HDR, as opposed to SDR or Standard Dynamic Range, is short for High Dynamic Range. HDR offers more vibrant and realistic colors to your gameplay and makes graphics look even better due to its higher range of colors. But remember, to have the best visual experience of Auto HDR, you must have a monitor that supports HDR.




Microsoft DirectStorage is an API allowing the GPU to load game data directly from the SSD without the CPU process. With the help of DirectStorage, the data gets processed and decompressed by GPU itself. Traditionally, APIs send the compressed game data to the RAM for temporary storage, and then, they send it to the CPU for decompression. Once the compression is completed, the data is sent back to the RAM, and finally is sent back to the GPU for rendering and projection.

Windows 11 vs Windows 10 in gaming which one is better? Now, by comparison, you see how many differences Windows 11 has made in gaming compared with Windows 10. In all, if you’re a video game fan, Windows 11 is a better option.

3 major ways to improve Windows 11 gaming performance

Although Windows 11 has provided several amazing features for gaming, to get the most out of the OS and hardware, another 3 changes should be made.

Way 1. Enable game mode

By toggling on this option, Windows optimizes your PC for play so that you can have a smoother visual experience for in-game frame rates have been increased. Here’s how you can enable the game mode.

1. Hit the Windows button and hit “Settings”.

2. In Windows Settings, select “Gaming”.

3. Select “Game Mode” from the left.

4. Toggle on “Game Mode”.

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Way 2. Turn on battery plan high performance mode

Sometimes, if the battery plan is not properly set, games on your PC could run on low fps. So, to get the most out of hardware potential, turning on battery plan high-performance mode is the best option.

1. Type “power plan” in the search bar.

2. Hit “Edit power settings” and select “Power Options” at the top.


3. Tick “High Performance” in the following window.

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Way 3. Enlarge the C drive

It’s always important to ensure there’s sufficient storage space on the C drive which is the system drive. Sometimes, after Windows 11 or Windows 10 update, the C drive is full and thus, you may encounter low frame rates when playing video games or even frequent system crashes. In this case, it’s imperative to allocate more free space to it.

When it comes to partition enlargement, you may first thing of Windows 11 built-in Disk Management utility. Indeed, it helps under certain circumstances. However, it has limits. For example: 1. you can only extend or shrink partitions in NTFS or RAW. 2. You can only extend a volume with a piece of unallocated space next to it.

So, here, I recommend another third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard that’s free from the limits mentioned above. With this powerful freeware, you can enlarge the C drive or encrypted partition by merging unallocated space to it or directly resize it in only a few clicks. Meanwhile, many other useful disk management operations can be done with it including disk format, hard drive wiping, and partition creation.

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Note: If there’s no unallocated space, you have to manually create one; If there’s unallocated space, just jump to Step 4 directly.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and wait until it completely loads.

Step 2. Right-click on the disk you wish to shrink and select the “Resize/Move Partition” option.

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Step 3. Drag the rings on both sides of the green bar to preset the size of the unallocated space.

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Step 4. When the unallocated space is created, right-click on the C drive and select “Merge Partitions”.


Step 5. Tick the unallocated space and hit “OK”.


Step 6. Hit “Apply > Proceed” where the following screenshot shows.


It won’t be long before the process gets fully completed.


What’s the result of Windows 11 vs Windows 10 gaming? Which one is better? In the post above, you learned the newest features of Windows 11 in gaming and how much they improve the in-game performance. If you can’t wait to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11, remember to ensure sufficient storage in the C drive? When the C drive runs low on space, you might as well try AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to enlarge it. As for other features including partition split and free space allocation, to try them, you need to upgrade this software to the professional edition.

Michael · Staff Editor
Michael is a professinal editor of AOMEI editor team.