Windows 10 is getting an 'Ultimate Performance' mode for power users

Windows 10 is getting an 'Ultimate Performance' mode for power users

Windows 10 is getting an 'Ultimate Performance' mode for power users

Considering this is built for demanding workloads, Microsoft has restricted this feature to Windows 10 Pro Workstations that often run server-grade hardware. Now there's Fast Ring Skip Ahead, which is faster than the Fast Ring, but more prone to borkage as it will offer the newest features whilst still in active development. Typically around this time, Microsoft freezes app updates, so that it can test the inbox apps that will come with the feature update. Also, that made you one of the first to get Redstone 4 builds, which were often unstable at first. "Just like other power policies in Windows, the contents of the Ultimate Performance policy can be customized", Microsoft says.

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. 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). The company has already catered to gaming performance, however, by introducing Game Mode for Windows 10. "As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan".

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Pre-release versions of apps including Paint 3D, Microsoft Photos, Windows Mixed Reality Viewer, and Windows Calculator will be available to try out.

The Ultimate Performance mode can be accessed and enabled via the power scheme selection options, and builds on the High Performance policy.

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It appears that Ultimate Performance mode may only be available when a laptop is plugged in (or not on laptops at all), as Sarkar notes that the "power policy is now not available on battery powered systems".

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