Disabling Windows 11 Security Settings Significantly Increases Intel GPU Speeds

Take your mind back a month, and you might remember that Microsoft shared something amazing advice for gamers — by disabling certain Windows 11 security features, it is possible to improve game performance. Well, it seems there is more to this trick than that.

People with systems with Intel Arc discrete GPUs have found that disabling the same security settings significantly increases performance. And we’re talking measurable increases of thousands of points in the 3DMark benchmarking tool.

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The setting that needs to be disabled in Windows 11 is Memory Integrity – something that is enabled by default… and when you read Microsoft the descriptionit’s not hard to see why:

Memory integrity helps prevent attackers from injecting their own malicious code and ensures that all drivers loaded into the operating system are signed and trusted.

But if you’re willing to take a security risk, disabling the setting has a dramatic effect on the performance of Arc A380 graphics cards – and quite possibly others as well. Twitter user Löschzwerg announced the speed boost:

Microsoft previously provided instructions for disabling Memory Integrity:

  1. Select Beginenter “Core Isolation” in the taskbar, then select Core insulation in the list of results to open the Windows Security app.
  2. On the Core Isolation page, disable the toggle for Memory integrity. You may need to restart your device.

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