Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Windows 10 Getting 'Ultimate Performance' Scheme to Boost Speed, Preview Build Reveals

Windows 10 Getting 'Ultimate Performance' Scheme to Boost Speed, Preview Build Reveals

This build comes with a new power plan called "Ultimate Performance" for higher-end PCs.

Microsoft is today shipping the first Windows 10 Redstone 5 to a small group of Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. This feature will be available only on the newly announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro. Its Insider builds have been separated from the active development of Windows 10.

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". Codenamed Redstone 4, and possibly named Spring Creators Update, the update is moving towards stability. It's essentially a step up from High Performance, and fine-tunes things by eliminating the "micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques", Microsoft notes.

Microsoft has pushed forth a flurry of new releases on the Windows testing front, including a new preview build for Redstone 4 (the next and imminent update for the OS), alongside the first build for Redstone 5 (the following update which will go live later on this year). 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", Microsoft says. Both OEM's and users would be able to select the power plan as per their will. Well, there's nothing huge here, with some emoji getting an update, and the expansion of Windows app permissions to let the user decide which UWP apps get access to Windows 10's full file system.

The new power plan maxes out the existing High-Performance power plan, and Microsoft warns that it is not suitable for battery powered systems - it is created to max out processors that take additional power. Nevertheless, the Redmond company is set to tune and evaluate the power plan settings on a continuous basis.

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