I have a Focusrite 2i4 and a Behringer umc22, both of which work like a charm on my 2011 macbook pro (approaching 8y old!). Mainly I use Garageband, Bias FX and Overloud for playing/recording.
At work I was given a 2018 surface pro with windows 10 and decided to try my interfaces / guitar amplification softwares on it. I get loads of lag in the best case scenario (bias FX at the lowest sampling rate), and unusable sound quality (pretty much a white noise output) in the worst case (Overloud - any setting). Deactivating all the “background apps” only mitigates the issue, but the thing remains unusable.
I googled a bit and it seems Windows 10 may have serious issues in managing external audio interfaces. Is this a common problem? Am I getting some basic settings wrong? Is there a magical audio driver I should install? Is perhaps the surface pro not powerful enough? Or is Windows simply not an option for musicians?
I find it appalling that a 2018 machine should perform so poorly - especially compared to an 8y old mac!