Microsoft announces new Ultimate Performance Power plan for high-end PCs

Yolanda Curtis
February 15, 2018

If you want to use the new option regardless, simply visit your rig's Power Options settings page to activate it. Microsoft has not yet stated what sort of performance gains users can expect to receive upon turning the mode on.

Microsoft has released fresh Insider builds. The new mode will be available in the next Windows 10 update, expected to be released in March or April.

"Up until today-Insiders who opted into Skip Ahead previously were receiving the same exact RS4 builds as Insiders in the Fast ring since Build 17017". The company is nearing the release of Redstone 4, which is yet to have an official name, and plans to ship the update to the public sometime in March or April of this year.

Ultimate Performance is not now available on battery-powered systems, but this could change as the feature is rolled out. Non-Skip Ahead users will get builds from the RS4_RELEASE branch. "Just like other power policies in Windows, the contents of the Ultimate Performance policy can be customized".

In the blog post announcing Ultimate Performance Mode, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar notes that the feature is "geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan".

You are probably familiar with the power scheme in Windows if you are conscious about the performance and efficiency of your system, and Microsoft has added a new power scheme for Windows 10 Pro users called the Ultimate Performance in the new Insider Preview.

As part of a raft of updates coming this spring, Microsoft will be bringing a new power management system that "reduces micro-latencies" and enhances overall system performance through a series of tiny performance bumps. This is something that Microsoft plans to evaluate and fine tune over time. Like build 17101 (Redstone 4), it contains design updates to its collection of emojis, improved Universal Windows App (UWP) permissions, and a whole bunch of fixed issues (more so for Redstone 4).

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