Windows 10 April 2018 Update rollout With a number of new features, improvements on existing features, Security improvements, bug fixes and more. In this post, we discuss the new Ultimate Power Plan (Ultimate Performance mode) Feature. Designed for advanced users for whom “High Performance” isn’t enough. It helps speed things up by “eliminating micro-latencies” that come with “fine-grained power management techniques” — instead of thinking about power, the workstation will focus even more on performance.
Microsoft has locked this feature to Windows 10 Pro for Workstation. And for home users, This Feature is hidden by default so you can’t just select it from Power Options, or from the battery slider in Windows 10. You can enable the Ultimate Power Plan on Windows 10 using Command Prompt tweak. Let’s discuss more details about Ultimate Performance mode and how to enable this feature on Windows 10.
What is Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10?
The Ultimate Performance mode in Windows 10 is designed for Workstations and aims to optimize the performance of the operating system. As the name suggests, the power mode is specially designed for heavy-duty machines that can’t afford to cut down on performance during the processing of extensive workloads. It helps speed things up by “eliminating micro-latencies” that come with “fine-grained power management techniques” — instead of thinking about power, the workstation will focus even more on performance.
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar said in the announcement post that they have been able to find areas in Windows where performance and efficiency tradeoff is made and a collection of settings allows the system to adjust itself according to the user behavior, policy, and hardware.
The Ultimate Performance concept is really good and needless to say, it would improve your computer’s performance. Using it on a battery-powered system means more energy is required, but if you are ready to sacrifice battery backup for unbeatable performance, here’s how you can enable the ultimate performance mode in Windows 10.
- Press Windows + R, type Powercfg.cpl click ok to open Power Options.
- Here under Hardware and Sound and select Ultimate Performance.
- As with the other power policies in Windows, you’ll be able to customize the Ultimate Performance policy to meet your personal needs.
Enable Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10
The new plan is designed for advanced users for whom “High Performance” isn’t enough. And Microsoft has locked this feature to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. As a result, there’s no official way to enable the performance mode on Home Editions. However, by tweaking the system’s settings, you can easily hack the PC to force ‘ultimate performance’ mode. And it works in any edition of Windows 10 regardless of the hardware configuration.
Type cmd on the Start menu search, from the search results right click on the command prompt and select run as administrator. Then type the following command and press enter key to execute the command, and enable Ultimate performance mode on windows 10 all editions.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61.
Now open Control Panel, and navigate to Hardware & Sound -> Power Options. Expand Additional Plans, and you will Ultimate Power Plan appear in the expanded section. Select the plan to enable it.
Disable Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10
If any time you decided to disable Ultimate performance mode. Simply navigate to the power options window ( Press Windows + R, type Powercfg.cpl click ok ) and select the Radio button Balanced.
This power plan basically eliminates or greatly reduces whatever measures and restraints a high performance power plan applies to reduce micro-latencies. It’s not geared toward games and is more likely to be useful for anyone working with code or heavy graphics. If you own a Surface Studio, you might greatly benefit from enabling the plan.
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