Windows users have been waiting for the next version of the Microsoft operating system since 2015. Although Windows brought significant innovation packages every year, the new large version of Windows with the number 11 came only in October 2021 and brought a number of technological innovations.
The big upgrade brought big changes and it must be said that in the beginning it did not go without any problems. However, the new Windows has the first 100 days of existence, and for the vast majority of problems, the Microsoft team has already managed to release fix packs, so the transition to the new system is safer, smoother and smoother today. If you have been hesitant and postponing the transition to the latest Windows 11, it’s time to reconsider your decision and give the new system a chance. Windows 11 brings some exciting new features for gamers, and we’ll take a closer look at the main ones.
DirectStorage is (literally) something that “changes the game”. This technology allows NVMe SSDs to send game data directly to the graphics card, completely bypassing the CPU. In the past, game data from disk was first stored in RAM and then sent to the CPU for processing to return (decompressed) back to RAM. Only then did the RAM provide the GPU for rendering and further processing. This hampered the whole process considerably.
The new technology (more precisely the new API) DirectStorage allows to send data directly to the GPU directly from the NVMe disk, which means for players the end of endless loading screens and noticeably smoother gaming. The wave of enthusiasm generated by DirectStorage has convinced Microsoft, who have confirmed that they will make DirectStorage available back to Windows 10, so even if you choose not to upgrade to Windows 11, you will be able to take advantage of DirectStorage, provided you have modern fast NVMe on your computer. disk. This technology only works with compatible NVMe PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0 SSDs, such as Kingston FURY Renegade or KC3000, because up to the next generation of SSDs will allow you to take full advantage of data flow and give you the best gaming experience.
So whether you decide to stay with Windows 10 or upgrade to new Windows 11, now is the perfect time to upgrade your computer, and one of the best solutions is to install a new state-of-the-art NVMe SSD so you can take full advantage of DirectStorage technology. Combined with a possible memory upgrade and thus an increase in storage speed and capacity, these improvements will significantly improve your performance and thus your overall gaming experience.
Windows 11 will provide players with great graphics thanks to Auto HDR. Auto HDR is a technology that automatically enhances the visual side of the game without user intervention. Windows 11 automatically detects an HDR-compatible monitor and improves color rendering in games based on DirectX 11 or later with dynamic range enhancements. Auto HDR is therefore a great way to get the best visual gaming experience without possible complicated setup, of course only with a compatible monitor.
The game application has a dedicated option in the Windows 11 settings to turn on “Game Mode”. This automatically adjusts the settings so that the game can run more smoothly, e.g. by suppressing unnecessary background applications to free up system resources primarily for the game. As a result, games can run smoother and faster, because they get e.g. more CPU power.
Not to mention is the integration of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass directly into the new version of Windows 11. Xbox Game Pass offers quick access to the subscription to the games that are part of this service. Users thus have virtually instant access to the library with a selection of more than 100 impressive games that they can play for free. Windows 11 will also support playing Xbox games over the cloud, which every gamer will surely appreciate.
The minimum requirement that your computer must meet in order to use Windows 11 is a 64-bit processor or on-chip system (SoC) with at least two cores and a 1 GHz frequency. This means that you should have at least the following processors in your PC or laptop (at least according to Microsoft):
- Intel Core 8th Generation (Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake) or later
- AMD Zen + (Ryzen 2000, Threadripper 2000, Ryzen 3000G APU) or later
However, this list is not exhaustive, as some older processors may be compatible with Windows 11. However, it is definitely the first Windows that does not offer a 32-bit version. Only the 64-bit version of the system is available, but Windows 11 also backwards 32-bit software and applications. However, it is necessary to consider whether the replacement of other PC components is not suitable and whether, in the end, it will not be more advantageous to replace the entire computer than just upgrading older components. We strongly recommend that you visit the Windows website and check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 using a freely available utility.
Another important aspect is the minimum DRAM size and storage capacity. According to the Microsoft specification, the minimum requirement for Windows 11 is at least 4 GB (four gigabytes is the minimum, at least 16 GB is considered the optimal size today), but it is also important to look at the recent transition from 8 to 16 Gbit DRAM technology and compatibility with the latest Intel processors (8th generation and later), which also provide an answer to the question of whether your device is suitable for switching to Windows 11.
The specification also requires 64 GB of storage, but as mentioned, keep this to a minimum for system startup, not for the smooth running of applications and the games themselves, which have significantly higher requirements (many games today require tens of gigabytes of free space for a basic installation alone). places, not to mention the same size for possible updates). Larger DRAM capacity and higher storage speed are essential for their smoother operation and overall better gaming experience.
The new Windows significantly improves cyber security. Before the announcement of Windows 11, few people knew the term Trusted Platform Module (TPM), but this technology is already necessary for you to be able to use Windows 11. It is required directly by the system.
The TPM itself is a cryptoprocessor directly on the computer’s motherboard that protects your computer from hardware-level attacks with an integrated cryptographic key. It also works with other systems and applications on your computer, and because it’s a hardware solution, it’s considered much more secure than software encryption. Based on hardware and software configuration, it can create something like an unmistakable digital fingerprint.
These chips have been a common part of computers for about ten years, but have not yet been widely used. Only with the advent of the new Windows 11 is TPM technology at least in version 2.0 required directly during system installation. This is one of the main reasons why it is not possible to run Windows 11 installation or upgrade directly on some older PCs, although they otherwise meet the minimum 64-bit CPU and RAM requirements.
To find out if your computer has a TPM 2.0 processor, search for “Windows Security” in the Start menu, select “Device Security,” and then “Security Processor Details.” Make sure the “Specification Version” is 2.0, as previous versions will not be compatible. You can also use the already mentioned tool to verify compatibility with Windows 11, which, among other things, will check the required TMP 2.0 support.
The hype around Windows 11 is getting bigger and it’s not hard to see why. When it comes to creating a new operating system, it seems that Microsoft has really managed to take into account the specific needs of gamers. Many experts and reviewers today, despite the initial problems, rate Windows 11 as the “best Windows” to date, and this will soon be a new standard for gamers.
For consumers, this is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your computer so you can take full advantage of the new Windows 11 today.
Source: Sector.sk by www.sector.sk.
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