My OS is Windows 10 ver. 21H2 and has been updated to the latest Windows updates. My system is 3 years old with Intel I3-8100 and 32G memory. I always runs smoothly and has not experienced the same problem with previous PS versions until 23.3.
In my system, if I go through the ver. 23.3 menu of "Preference" one by one and top down sequentially, it will ocassionally stop responding when I am in the menu for "Performance". It will not respond to whatever box I check or selection I made. However, the mouse cursor can still move as intended but I can go nowhere within PS, just stuck in the menu for "Performance".
This abnomaly will last for about 15-20 seconds and PS will start responding after that waiting period. It's noteworthy when this abnomally occurs, my Windows system is apparently not in the sleeping mode, because I have just gone through serveral menu of the Preference settings before I reach the menu for Performance. And during the PS frozen period, if I wish I can freely switch to other app, such as Google Chrome, which is on whenever I'm using PS.
This problem only happens when I am doing Preference settings. It never happens when I'm executing other functions of PS 23.3.
Scratch disk is active on my C drive, which has a free space of 246G. To my knowledge, I have not noticed any malfunction of my hard drive so far.
Hope the above feedback is sufficient and good enought for you.