I have been using Windows 10 as my Roon Server platform for a number of years now. Initially it was running on a well spec’d i7 desktop machine but this was over-powered, noisy and power hungry so I replaced it with a NUC 8i3BEH which is sized much more sensibly for my library.
Yesterday I decided to do away with Windows 10 (1903) on the NUC and replace it with ROCK. The migration went smoothly with no issues and I’m up and running again.
However I am noticing two things that are of concern;
TIDAL content is loading more slowly, tracks take longer to start and I am seeing more tracks skipped. At least I have done so far, maybe it will settle down.
The performance indicator in the Signal Path is definitely showing poorer performance on the same tracks versus the Windows 10 core. The same 16/44 tracks that used to show ~32x performance in Windows Signal Path now show ~28x. 24 bit content shows a similar drop, under Windows it used to be 18x, now it is ~12x.
My understanding was that ROCK was specifically optimised to maximise Roon performance, so what could be the issue here? The hardware is absolutely identical in every way, including music storage, so why would the performance be different? I would expect it to be the same as Windows, at least.