Boost Windows 11 Performance: Optimize with Atlas for Enhanced Efficiency

Windows for gamers? That’s how its creator presents Atlas, but honestly, I think it suits anyone looking for a fast operating system with minimal unnecessary features.

Atlas is a completely transformed version of Windows 11. The changes are not cosmetic, so if you’re a fan of customization, you might miss that. However, it is optimized to enhance the overall performance of the Windows system and minimize latency in video games. All pre-installed software and unnecessary components have been removed, significantly reducing the size of the ISO and installation on the hard drive.

Here’s a breakdown of what has been removed from this version of Windows:

  • TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
  • Windows Defender
  • Storage spaces
  • eMMC disks
  • RAID disk configurations
  • BitLocker
  • Biometrics (face/fingerprint recognition)
  • Voice recognition
  • System restore and reset points

One of Atlas‘s strong points is its focus on privacy. There is no tracking, and group policies are in place to minimize data collection. Safety has not been neglected either.

Atlas is open source, meaning everything is documented, and all the code is on GitHub

Of course, there are some residual bugs. WSLv2 is not supported (only v1), and you will need to use it in English, as alternative languages seem reluctant to install. It’s not a cracked Windows, so you’ll need to activate it as usual. However, it is perfectly usable without a key.

We are dealing with a slightly stripped-down Windows, but very efficient. I installed it, and the installation itself is super fast, with no unnecessary steps. Since I use it in a VM, it’s even better as it’s very lightweight to run and super fast to boot.

After installation, the OS will launch many optimization scripts. Let it do its thing and wait until it finishes and asks you to log out.

If you’re interested in the project, click here

To help with transparency, we’ve conducted some benchmarks on VALORANT using Windows 11.

Specifications

CPU: Ryzen 7 5800X3D (SMT disabled)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X53 AIO
RAM: 16GB 3600Mhz Corsair Vengeance LPX
GPU: MSI 2070 SUPER 8GB
Motherboard: MSI B550 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi
Storage: WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe

Testing Methodologies

Benchmarking tool: CapframeX
Benchmarks taken three times and aggregated

Setting up each OS

Atlas Configuration

Windows Defender disabled
Manual Driver Installation (NVCleanstall minimal driver 546.01-desktop-win10-win11-64bit-international-dch-whql.exe)
Core Isolation disabled
CPU mitigations enabled

Stock Configuration

Windows Defender real-time protection disabled
Stock driver installations (NVCleanstall minimal driver 546.01-desktop-win10-win11-64bit-international-dch-whql.exe)
The power plan changed to High Performance

NVIDIA Settings for both OSs

Setting up game settings

All video settings low, multi-threading enabled
Exclusive Fullscreen
Nvidia Reflex – On
Beta Raw Input – On

How did we test?

To keep it as identical as possible, the benchmark was taken on the Haven map and walked the same path as the same character, Brimstone. We used Valoplant to add transparency to our tests.

The benchmark results

1% Percentile FPS: 665.3 → 800.7

Specifications

CPU: Ryzen 5 5600G
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Cooler
RAM: 16GB 3600Mhz Corsair Vengeance LPX
GPU: MSI 1650 SUPER 4GB
Motherboard: MSI B550M Pro-VDH WiFi
Storage: Crucial P1 500GB

Testing Methodologies

I used the same testing method as Jack. Same configuration as above.
Tested using Windows 11 23H2

Important Notes:

As my CPU is much more recent that my GPU. There is a bottleneck that can be shown in the result that does not show optimal performance improvements compared to Jack’s benchmark above.

Benchmark Results:

1% Percentile FPS: 400.43 → 460.96

Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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