Microsoft has released a new ‘Ultimate Performance’ feature in Windows 10, which is currently available for Windows Insiders – those signed up to test pre-released builds of Microsoft software.
According to a new blog post by Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider programme, the new power policy is designed to provide the absolute maximum performance for advanced users working in demanding mission critical scenarios.
“Demanding workloads on workstations always desire more performance,” Sarkar said. “This new policy 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 Ultimate Performance Power plan is selectable either by an OEM on new systems or selectable by a user. To do so, you can go to Control Panel and navigate to Power Options under Hardware and Sound (you can also “run” Powercfg.cpl). Just like other power policies in Windows, the contents of the Ultimate Performance policy can be customised.”
Sarkar goes on to point out that, as the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies, it may directly impact hardware and, as a result, consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.