Windows 10 gets Ultimate Performance mode

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Microsoft has released fresh Insider builds.

Essentially, what's happening here is that we've reached the point where the next Windows 10 update (Redstone 4) is nearly due, so therefore close to finalized, and thus Microsoft has begun work on Redstone 5 testing, releasing an initial build to Insiders who've previously chosen the "skip ahead" ring.

The new power plan is still at the experimental stage but has been released as part of Windows Insider Builds 17101 and 17604.

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You can't opt to join the "skip ahead" program at this point in time, incidentally, as Microsoft says it already has enough testers on this particular ring, with no room for more. And if you weren't as lucky, you'll just have to wait for Microsoft to open up registrations again. Its Insider builds have been separated from the active development of Windows 10. "These builds will come from the RS_PRERELEASE branch", Microsoft's Dona Sarkar said in a blog post. In fact, users who are not already opted in to Skip Ahead are out of luck, as the option is now grayed out, meaning all available slots have been filled (by previous users who had already opted in).

Engineers and other professionals buy workstations for their high-end performance, so it makes sense that Microsoft is going to give those users even more power. Microsoft, it would seem, recognizes that, and it'll soon be rolling out a new power profile for Windows 10 Pro that should help bolster performance beyond what's now allowed by the OS. "As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan". You'll also be able to change some of the finer points of Ultimate Performance mode, such as when the display turns off and when the PC goes to sleep, along with advanced power settings for certain pieces of hardware. Nevertheless, the Redmond company is set to tune and evaluate the power plan settings on a continuous basis.