How to enable the maximum performance power plan in Windows 10

The Windows 10 2018 Update for Windows users introduced an Ultimate Performance power plan. It goes a step further than the high-performance power plan and lets you squeeze performance out of your device.

It’s available on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations but not available by default on Windows 10 Home and Pro. You can still enable it, and here, you will learn how. Before that, let’s talk about the Ultimate Performance power plan and what it does for your PC.

What is the maximum power plan for performance on Windows 10?

The Ultimate Performance power plan provides heavy-duty systems such as Windows servers and workstations that can use a performance boost. The Ultimate Performance Power Plan builds on and optimizes the High Performance Power Plan for superior performance.

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The Ultimate Performance Power Plan does this by minimizing partial latency, which is the time between when your system detects that a hardware component needs more power, and the actual delivery of power to that component. Now, this buffer is usually only a few milliseconds, but reducing it further can improve performance.

How is it different from other plans?

The Ultimate Performance Plan does this by setting the minimum processor state to 100%. This means no matter whether your CPU cores are occupied or not, your CPU will run at 100% capacity.

This differs greatly from how you set up your Balanced Energy Plan. Let’s say you have a 3.60 GHz CPU and you are using the Balanced Power plan in which the minimum processor state is 10% and 90% is the maximum.

What this means (in theory), is that your CPU’s processing speed will stay in the 0.36GHz and 3.24GHz range, depending on what you’re using the system for.

However, the Ultimate Performance Plan sets 100% as a minimum, which means that your CPU will be running consistently (and in theory) at 3.60GHz at all times. Although you can also set the Balanced power plan so that the minimum state of the processor is 100%.

Increase or decrease the minimum processor state

You may not realize how much energy your computer is using in the Ultimate Performance Power Plan, but you will know when you receive your electric bill. If you are a home or office user, you are not likely to want to operate your computer in this state. This is why Microsoft does not offer this plan by default on battery powered devices. Using the plan can seriously harm your battery health over time.

How to enable the maximum performance power plan

You can enable the Ultimate Performance power plan from where you usually change your power plans.

To access your power plans, tap win + me To launch the Settings app and go to System > strength and sleep. Switch to the right pane and select Additional power settings.

Click Additional Power Settings

You will see a new window pop up. Choose Show additional plans and select the radio button next to it super performance.

Define the ultimate performance strength plan

However, there is a very good chance that you will not see the selection option super performance on this page. If that’s you, don’t worry; You can still enable Ultimate Performance Mode with a little tweaking within Windows 10 settings.

Where is the ultimate performance option?

You won’t find the Ultimate Performance power plan on most laptops, and even some desktops. However, running a simple command will make this option available if you want to use it. You can run the command either in Command Prompt or PowerShell.

If you want to use Command Prompt, press Ctrl + R., Type poultice, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter To launch an elevated command prompt. If you want to use PowerShell, just type Powershell Instead of cmd to run PowerShell as administrator.

You can use the same command to get the Ultimate Performance option regardless of which option you choose. Simply copy and paste the following command into Command Prompt or PowerShell:

powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

Command for the ultimate performance option

Re-open Power Options from Settings and see if the plan is now available. If the settings window was already open before executing the command, close it and reopen it.

How to remove the maximum performance power plan

Before removing the Ultimate Performance Power Plan, go back to a different plan so that you don’t have to face an error while deleting the plan.

To do this, refer to Settings > System > strength and sleep > Additional power settings Select a different plan (from Energy Saver, Balanced, or High Performance).

Then select File Change plan settings The option is next to the plan name. On the next screen, tap Delete this plan and confirm the deletion when prompted.

Disable and delete the ultimate performance power plan

Should You Enable Maximum Performance Power Plan?

The Ultimate Performance Power Plan sounds like a winner, but it’s not for everyone. While some users will see a noticeable increase in their processing capabilities, others won’t notice the difference. Even worse, the latter group may end up paying more energy bills for very little return in processing power.

So, should you enable it? It’s a bit hard to say because everyone’s use case is different. However, be sure to check out our guide on whether you should enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan for more details on what it does and if it’s the right plan for you.

Are you ready to extract your hardware?

The Ultimate Performance Power Plan will ensure that all hardware components have the power they need, when they need it. Long and short, the Ultimate Performance power plan isn’t for everyone. It also comes at a cost (for additional power consumption), so unless you really need it, don’t enable it.

However, some users will find a lot of value with the Ultimate Performance power plan. This will improve their performance and help them get things done faster than the high performance power plan. If you are just looking to improve performance for regular use, then you should consider other more cost effective methods.

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