Early last month, Microsoft issued a notice telling Windows 11 that it could improve the performance of the operating system. However, this would mean making trade-offs by losing some security benefits. It now appears that the “at your own risk” setting has a positive impact on Intel Arc GPU performance.
According to Microsoft, “continuous testing and user feedback” shows that both Memory Integrity and Virtual Machine Platform (VMP) can create slower performance while gaming.
“Gamers who want to prioritize performance have the option to disable these features during gameplay and re-enable them after the game is over,” points out Microsoft in the support document. “However, if turned off, the device may be vulnerable to threats.”
Memory integrity is built into the operating system to ensure drivers are safe before they are installed on a system. This is a basic level of protection to prevent malicious code from landing on the operating system. As for VMP, it provides important security features for virtual machine services.
Microsoft did not specify what performance gains users can expect. While these features are known to consume resources, disabling them should result in notable gains for players. This seems to be absolutely the case for machines running Intel’s Arc discrete GPUs.
Twitter user Löschzwerg tested the Arc A380 and found that the GPU increased by 2000-3000 points on the DirectX 9 3DMrk03 benchmark. This represents a gain of 5.2% from the original 58,000 points marked by the map.
If you want to disable features, keep in mind that there are security risks.
To disable Memory Integrity, search for “Core Isolation” in the taskbar. Click on the Core Isolation search result and in the Windows Security app, disable features.
To disable VMP, type “Windows features” and choose “Turn Windows features on or off” from the search results. In the Windows Features section, find “Virtual Machine Platform” and disable it.
Tip of the day: If you need to create, delete or resize partitions, Windows has everything you need with the built-in Disk Management tool.