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Windows 11 gaming performance can drop by 25-30%

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Despite Microsoft’s claims that Windows 11 is ideal for gamers, users need to be careful. The fact is that the default settings for security features can reduce game performance by about 25-30%.

The problem is with the Virtualization Based Security (VBS) feature that was available with Windows 10. It virtualizes hardware and software to improve system security. Basically, the platform creates an isolated subsystem that helps prevent malware from entering your computer.

VBS uses hardware virtualization features to create and isolate a safe area of ​​memory. Windows can use this “virtual protected mode” for a range of security solutions, providing significantly better protection against vulnerabilities in the OS and preventing malicious exploits that try to bypass security. ” The function is available primarily to corporate clients.

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When upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11, VBS will not turn on if not previously used. The problem may occur on new computers with Windows 11 preinstalled. Microsoft previously stated, “As part of our collaboration with our OEM partners and semiconductor manufacturers, we will be activating VBS and HVCI on most new PCs over the next year. And we will continue to look for opportunities to expand VBS to more systems over time. ”

PC Gamer editors tested a number of games on the current build of Windows 11 with VBS turned off and on (and not even running). Far Cry New Dawn performed best, with only a 5% drop in frame rates. At the same time, Horizon Zero Dawn had a drawdown of 25%, Metro Exodus – 24%, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider – as much as 28%. 3DMark Time Spy results dropped by 10%.

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Four iQOO smartphones will receive Android 12 in December

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The iQOO brand has revealed Android 12 release dates for a number of its models. True, we are not yet talking about the final version of Android 12 – it will have to wait longer.

IQOO 7, iQOO 7 Legend, iQOO Z3 and iQOO Z5 users will receive the Android 12 beta at the end of the year – at the end of December. And at the end of March 2022, the beta version of Android 12 will be released for iQOO 3.

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Dangerous Android 12: the new operating system leads to serious crashes and battery drain

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Google released the Android 12 operating system for ordinary users, just a few days ago. It can be installed by users of the branded series of Pixel smartphones – starting with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which debuted in 2018. In the meantime, the first reviews have appeared on the network, and not all of them are positive.

Pixel users have faced a number of annoying issues after installing Android 12 on their smartphones. Some people experience regular crashes despite repeatedly resetting the settings to the factory state. For others, applications crash and stop working, and on an ongoing basis, which is accompanied by freezes. For some, the camera often crashes, for others – a variety of applications in a random way.

There are problems with unlocking smartphones using face recognition, the smartphone simply ceases to “recognize” the user. There are also complaints about the battery draining too quickly.

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Finally, Windows 11 users have the full power of Ryzen processors. Both performance issues have been resolved

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AMD and Microsoft have finally resolved both Ryzen and Epyc CPU performance issues when running Windows 11.

Microsoft has already released the patch in the Insider Build, now it’s available to everyone. Recall that it solves the problem of high latency in the L3 cache.

AMD, in turn, has released a patch that solves the problem of UEFI CPPC2 with incorrect work of the task scheduler for processor cores.

In the case of the first patch, you need to install a Windows update, but the second one needs to be downloaded from the AMD website yourself. More precisely, you do not need to download a patch, but a fresh driver for the motherboard chipset – the patch is part of it.

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