Are your power settings limiting performance?
Today, one of the most challenging aspects of using hardware comes from balancing power and performance. Nobody enjoys getting a big power bill through the door, but nobody appreciates falling behind on schedule due to a lack of technical performance. Often, the main thing you might have to contend with is trying to find a happy medium between power and performance. Did you even know that your PC power settings could be having an adverse impact on performance?
If you are using Windows 10 like many users, then you need to go and check out your power setting as soon as possible. Many PCs today come with the Windows 10 Power Saver plan installed and activated by default. Personally, unless you are trying to keep your energy costs down by a significant margin, we would recommend turning this off and boosting power usage for higher performance.
Even desktop PCs tend to come with some kind of power-saving plan – and it does make sense. In a bid to help your PC from using excess energy, power saving will look to cut the power deficit. That being said, we think it’s vital that you look at how much power you need for a job. While you don’t need maximum power to load up a document in Office 365, you might need full power for other operations.
Start off, then, by going and checking out your power settings.
How can I check my PC’s power settings?
To check your power settings, you need to do the following:
- Go to the desktop of your PC, and right-click on any piece of an empty screen. This should give you a simple drop-down menu. Click on the Display Settings section.
- Within Display Settings, look to the left-hand side list of options. One of these should be listed as Power and Sleep – click on that and see the options.
- Now, on the right-hand side, you should see a function called Additional power settings. Click on this, and from here you can adjust and change your power settings in any way that you might wish.
We recommend that you look to use the Balanced option. However, feel free to look through each of the options here – you can push even more power to your PC if you so choose. We highly recommend that you look to do this as soon as possible, as it should help you to notice a big improvement in performance.
We recommend also that you look to make wise choices about when to boost and when to limit power. If everyone is just working on spreadsheets and text documents, you could get away with a more budget-friendly power saving option. If people are taking on digital design work and more intensive work, though, it might be wise to unleash full operational power.
The increase in productivity that can come from a PC giving it 100% can more than make up for the budgetary cost of investing in added power.