Windows 10 includes power management tools that let you prioritize peak performance or lower power consumption (and longer battery life) depending on your needs. Out of the box most laptops ship with Windows configured so that you’ll get the best possible performance when plugged in, for example, but when you’re running on battery power the system will usually slow down a bit in order to extend your run time.

You can create your own “power plans” in Windows 10, but most PCs ship with three options: Power Saver, High Performance, and Balanced.

Soon there will a third option for some high-end PCs: Ultimate Performance.

Microsoft is introducing the new power plan in Windows 10 Insider Preview builds 17101 and 17604 for Skip Ahead users. It will only be available in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, at least for now. It can be enabled by PC makers or chosen manually by end users from the Power Options in the Windows 10 Settings menu.

The company says the new power scheme is designed to “eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques.”

In other words, you can expect PCs to be even more responsive when using the new power plan… but you can also expect them to be power hungry. Microsoft isn’t even offering the option of using Ultimate Performance mode for PCs that run on batteries (including laptops and tablets).

Other changes in the new preview builds of Windows 10 includes updated emoji designs, more control over permissions used by Universal Windows Platform apps, and a bunch of bug fixes.

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5 replies on “Microsoft introduces “Ultimate Performance” power scheme for Windows 10”

  1. My work computer really slowed down when they upgraded me from Windows 7 to 10 last week. Even after I disable the ‘features’ I don’t need, it was still slower than Windows 7. Maybe it’s time for me to retire and buy a Mac instead.

    1. I’m quite upfront with my anti-Apple bias. That said, there are use cases where I would recommend a Mac to my customers. Having a bad experience upgrading from Windows 7 to 10 is not one of them. For general use, buying any computer newer than your 7-era one, Mac or Windows, is going to get you a better experience, but a Mac has its own issues, first of which is cost. My work computer is a Macbook Pro, and boy do I have plenty of stories of our battles. I thought I had it tamed, but it’s started to fight with my Apple Thunderbolt Display. Go figure.

      Evaluate your needs, and get the computer to suit them. Remember, Linux, BSD, and ChromeOS are on the table as well! Just don’t jump to Mac out of spite.

    2. Upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, perform a reinstall, ????, profit!

  2. I hope they’re holding a little back so that, in the future, there can be a more powerful option that lets us turn it up to 11 and experience ludicrous speed.

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