Windows 10 May 2019 Update brings AMD performance boost

The Windows 10 May 2019 Update has taken some good additional features to Windows 10, but perhaps the best change is a that didn’t get much fanfare – as AMD-powered PCs will now perform better using the update installed.

It is because Windows 10 version 1903 – also known as the May 2019 Update – changes how the Windows scheduler tool works together with AMD hardware. Previously, the Windows scheduler was causing problems that impacted the performance of AMD Ryzen processors.

The improvements originate from Microsoft and AMD working together to improve Windows 10 performance on AMD hardware – as well as an acknowledgement from Microsoft that Intel no longer dominates when it comes to PC hardware.

Performance gains

AMD also showed off slides that demonstrate the PCMark 10 app launches 6% faster with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, thanks to Ryzen optimizations. There’s also a remarkable 15% improvement in Rocket League when played at 1080p.

As the second AMD slide shows, these changes can reduce latency because of how process threads are handled by a single core – while also allowing Windows 10 to utilize a noticeable clock speed boost to create improvements to some PC’s performance.

The update should also bring faster clock speed ramping, and AMD’s Ryzen CPUs will be more responsive when clock speeds are changed – before the update, speed changes took 30ms, but that’s now been cut to just 1-2ms.