Boost your system performance with this power pack ” Ultimate Performance Plan in Windows 11 “.
If you’ve ever noticed the source packages in Windows and if you’re here, you must have, you know that Windows usually has three source packages (for most systems). Between a balanced power plan, energy saving and high performance, the needs of most users are met.
But some users need every bit of performance their system can provide, and they feel that even the High Performance package is not enough. Windows has a fourth power plan for these users: the Ultimate Performance Power plan.
What is Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows?
The Ultimate Performance Power Supply is a pre-designed power supply designed for high power systems for increased performance. For systems such as workstations and servers, where every performance driver counts, this is the perfect solution.
Optimal Performance Power planning works by eliminating the micro-shortages associated with sophisticated power management techniques. Simply put, microlatency is the short amount of time the operating system takes when it first realizes that certain hardware needs power and when it provides that power.
Windows has a set of settings that allow the operating system to adjust behavior based on various factors such as user preferences, policies, underlying hardware, or workload . This allows the operating system to balance efficiency and performance as needed. The Ultimate Performance Plan eliminates these tradeoffs.
It builds on the high performance power plan, pushing it a little further.
How Does Ultimate Performance Plan Work
For an overview of how it works, compare it to the Balanced Eating Plan. In a balanced power supply scheme, the minimum processor state is set to 10% and the maximum to 90%. While the Optimal Performance plan sets the min and max states of the processor to 100%.
This basically means that your processor will still run at 100% power even if some of its cores are idle or have nothing to do. And that’s just looking at the numbers.
The Peak Performance plan is very similar to the High Performance plan with one difference. Hard drives are set to never stop spinning in the Ultimate Performance package. Your hard drive will still spin even when your system is idle.
It can improve speed on systems where hardware is constantly going in and out of sleep state. Instead of polling the hardware to see when a piece of hardware needs power, this allows the hardware to consume power all the time.
It can improve performance for users running 3D or video editing software which sometimes load heavy hardware. But if you are hoping for an improvement in the performance of a gaming system, it might not make much of a difference as the hardware is not in ideal condition when you are gaming.
But the optimal performance plan also consumes maximum power. In addition to consuming more energy, it can also directly affect the hardware. That’s why it’s not even available, let alone recommended, for all systems.
Windows reserved it for high-end systems and as such, this option is automatically available in Windows for workstations. But all other systems running Windows 11 can get this feature manually.
Note: If you plan to use this package on a laptop computer, you must always plug it in.
Enabling Ultimate Performance Plan in Windows 11
For systems that have officially activated the Ultimate Performance plan, activating it is part of the cake in Windows 11. Open Control Panel on your system. You can find it from the taskbar search option.
Then, go to ‘Hardware and Sound’.
Select ‘Power Options’ from the list of options available.
The available power plans for your PC will appear. If the Ultimate Performance package is available, it will also appear.
Ultimate Performance may not be listed directly with other packages. If you see the option “Show additional packages”, click it. It will appear in the extended options. Otherwise (which will be the case with most laptops and some desktops) you’ll need to enable it manually, which will be explained in the next section.
To use it, click the radio button next to it.
As with any other diet plan, you can customize the plan. Click “Change plan settings” to change the settings. But this is not really recommended as it will ruin the “final performance” it is supposed to give.
Adding Ultimate Performance Plan to Windows 11
Now, if you don’t have an option for the Ultimate Performance plan in your power options, you can add it manually.
Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell in administrator mode. The command we want to run is the same for both, so you can open either command. Go to search options and type “Command Prompt” or “Windows PowerShell”. Then click on the “Run as administrator” option to run the application in administrator mode.
A User Account Control prompt will appear. Click ‘Yes’ to proceed.
Now, type or copy/ paste the following command and press Enter.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
When the command executes, you’ll be able to see Ultimate Performance on the console.
Now, open Power Options in Control Panel again. If the app was open while you run the command, hit the ‘Refresh’ button.
Click the ‘Show additional plans’ option.
The Ultimate Performance plan should appear among your power plans. Click the radio button next to it to select it.
Deleting the Ultimate Performance Plan from your System
Users who manually add a source package to their Windows 11 system can also remove it. But before you try to curb it, it’s essential to switch to a different diet plan. Attempting to remove the package you are using can mess up your entire system.
In Power Options, switch to another plan. Then click on the “Change plan settings” option next to the “Top performance” plan.
Options to change settings will open. Click the “Delete this plan” option.
A confirmation dialog box will appear. Click ‘Yes’ to proceed.
If you need extra power for certain activities, the Ultimate Performance Pack can provide that. But be careful when using it as it can be costly for your hardware and battery, which is why Microsoft does not recommend it for battery powered systems i.e. laptops.
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