New Windows 10 Pro “Ultimate Performance” Mode
We’ve all done it at one time or another, gone into the Windows Power Plan settings and swapped over to “High Performance” for our desktops or “Balanced” for our battery powered machines. Well now there is a 4th option aside from the previous two mentioned and “Power Saver”, it’s called “Ultimate Performance.” But before we explain what this power plan does, let’s explain what all the power plans actually do.
Power Plans in Windows are designed to change certain ways the operating system manages performance, there are actually a ton of power plan settings that can even be adjusted manually. But sticking to the more basic idea, Power Saver attempts to reduce CPU clock speeds and overall system power usage to save battery life (or power if you’re on a desktop) but sacrificing sometimes significant performance levels. Balanced clocks your system back up to full speed when needed, but keeps it powered down when it can. And finally, High Performance keeps your system clocked at higher speeds all the time to help decrease the latency of performance tasked, i.e. you don’t have to wait for the CPU to clock up.
Other things like Wifi connections, system brightness, keyboard backlighting, etc… are all managed by the various power plans.
So now for this new Ultimate Performance power plan, what’s the difference? I mean if the CPU and GPU are already being held near maximum clocks all the time in “High Performance” what could they change? Well according to Microsoft it’s supposed to small “micro-latencies” associated with even the High-Performance power plan. I doubt most users will notice any difference with this power plan, but if you’re running on a desktop you might as well enable it. Speaking of which, it’s not even available on battery-powered systems and looks like it might never be offered there.