Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

Eric Abent - Feb 15, 2018
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Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

While average, every day tasks like internet browsing and streaming video don’t require that you squeeze the most out of your PC’s hardware, there are just as many tasks that need unrestrained power. Microsoft, it would seem, recognizes that, and it’ll soon be rolling out a new power profile for Windows 10 Pro that should help bolster performance beyond what’s currently allowed by the OS.

Dubbed Ultimate Performance mode, this new power profile is made with high-end Windows 10 Pro workstations in mind. Currently, Windows 10 offers several different power options, with the two main ones being “Balanced,” which tries to find a healthy middle ground between performance and energy consumption, and “Power Saver,” which obviously cuts back on hardware efficiency so you use less energy.

There are already High Performance and Game Mode settings available as well, but Microsoft wants to push things even further with Ultimate Performance mode. Over on the Windows 10 Blog, Dona Sakar explains that Ultimate Performance mode “builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques.”

Since Ultimate Performance mode cares little about energy efficiency, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that it won’t be available battery-powered notebooks. No, Ultimate Performance mode will only be the domain of high-end PC workstations. You’ll also be able to change some of the finer points of Ultimate Performance mode, such as when the display turns off and when the PC goes to sleep, along with advanced power settings for certain pieces of hardware.

Ultimate Performance mode is rolling out in Windows Preview Build 17101 for Windows 10 Insiders, so we should see it roll out to the live version of Windows sometime in the next month or two. You can read more about what’s coming in builds 17101 and 17604 over on the Windows 10 Insider Blog.


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