Power Mode Slider


  1. Posts : 73
    Windows 10
       #1

    Power Mode Slider


    Since the Power Mode Slider can be set differently for Plugged In, and not Plugged In, why would I ever want it set to anything other than Best Performance when Plugged In?
    Last edited by JeffL; 13 Dec 2017 at 14:48.
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  2. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #2

    1. To save energy, or reduce on overall power consumption (two ways of saying the same thing)
    2. To provide "OK/adequate" performance when highest performance isn't needed (many applications such as Web browsing, reading email, working with basic Office features or equivalent desktop productivity stuff, don't need highest performance to work acceptably)
    3. To keep the circuitry running cooler, thereby extending probable device lifetime (running faster means running hotter, and is likely to shorten device longevity)

    Chris Hoffman, the How-to Geek himself, has an interesting discussion of this at Should You Use the Balanced, Power Saver, or High Performance Power Plan on Windows? .

    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Last edited by EdTittel; 13 Dec 2017 at 09:39. Reason: Fix typo
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  3. Posts : 73
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Well, maybe I'll accept #3 unless I get another reply that changes my mind. But I don't believe #1 would make an iota of difference in anyway that would affect my life. As far as #2 goes, I don't believe throttling down the maximum performance that the system is capable of, to a level that won't be exceeded anyway makes sense. It would be like mechanically blocking a gearshift from going into 4th gear just because you're only driving down a city street, and won't be taking it out of 3rd gear.
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  4. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #4

    Yes, but where #1 is concerned, think of a large corporation where maybe 1,000 or more identical devices get turned on and run every day. A small savings on one device is no big thing, but a small savings on a thousand or more such devices adds up to something more substantial. Many Windows features make little or no sense for onesie-twosie users, but do make sense for "users in bulk."
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  5. Posts : 73
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    OK, That makes sense.
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  6. Posts : 14,601
    Windows 10 IoT
       #6

    It's just to give you options, even if you have no plan to use them. Want to guess how many complaints there would be if it was all greyed out.
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