ICYMI: Microsoft Now Offers a New “Ultimate Performance” Mode on Windows 10

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Feb 16, 2018

Microsoft released its first ever Insider Preview build from the Redstone 5 branch earlier this week. Along with a number of other feature improvements, the company also released one interesting bit that many might have missed. Say hello to Ultimate Performance. This new Windows 10 Pro mode promises to offer you the highest performance setting with special power management features without overclocking your PC.

Currently available only to the Fast ring and Skip Ahead insiders, Microsoft said that Windows 10 Ultimate Performance “builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques.” The mode won’t work on your average laptop, since it is designed for the “real” ultimate performers. The Ultimate Performance mode currently only works on non-battery-powered high performance workstations that are running Windows 10 Pro.

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Be warned, though!

Dona Sarkar wrote that since this is an ultra-power-packed mode, this “power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies” and “it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan.”

If you are in for the fun, you can go to Control Panel, navigate to Hardware and Sound, and click on Power Options (or, you can run Powercfg.cpl). Here, you will find a Balanced mode and an Ultimate Performance mode. The first one automatically balances performance with energy consumption, whereas the new UP mode provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs.

“Windows has developed key areas where performance and efficiency tradeoffs are made in the OS,” Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc said in the release post. “Over time, we’ve amassed a collection of settings which allow the OS to quickly tune the behavior based on user preference, policy, underlying hardware or workload.”

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If you are an Insider and on a high-end Windows 10 Pro machine, don’t forget to drop a comment if you spot any difference in performance between the usual mode and the new Ultimate Performance mode – and if this difference comes at a higher/unwanted cost.

– For more details on Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance and other features released with the latest Preview build, head over here