Windows 10: Windows Power Management - Power Saver - is this safe for graphic card
Windows Power Management - Power Saver - is this safe for graphic card
Hi. If i change in Windows 10 in Power Management from Balanced to Power Saver is this safe for graphic card?
I change from Balanced to Power Saver and fps in benchmark went from 180fps to 50fps. Is there any hardware related changes due to swap from Balanced to Power Saver ?
Power Saver attempts to save power by reducing the CPU’s speed all the time and lowering screen brightness, among other similar settings and that may account for your fps drop when benchmarking. Doesn't sound like a good choice for your purposes.
But it can be hamrful to graphic card? Can i broke somethinG?
No, it just you won't get 100% performance. I recommend you set Windows power management to Balanced, and go to your NVIDIA control panel and see GPU power to Adaptive.
I agree with Aardvark and RubberDucky. You are seeing the significant performance hit by using power saving mode which is likely due to your CPU always being clocked down, even while gaming. You could confirm this by running any of the monitoring tools (CPUZ, etc).
I don't know any PC gamers using power saving mode. I was until recently always running on high performance. To try to get my CPU to somewhat catch up with my GPU, I now OC the CPU from it's standard 3.3 clock to 4.0. In high performance power the CPU always stays at 4.0, but with balanced it clocks down automatically when I'm not gaming. I'm not a benchmarking guy but ran Firestrike to see if my system was performing without issues. My first score was in high performance mode, the second in balanced and that second score was actually a bit higher, so balanced is taking care of the hardware without performance hits.
I haven't heard of power saving mode harming hardware, but you could run into specific game or video driver issues and as you see overall you are getting a significant performance hit. Balanced is the best of both worlds.
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