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Windows 7: Power plan Balance Vs. High Performance.

15 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1
Power plan Balance Vs. High Performance.

I have Intel i5 2500K CPU. When Windows runs a game in Balance mode, I get either 1605 Mhz or between 3300 and 3600. When I use High Performance, it goes up to 3700. Does it make any difference in performance? Also, what else is accelerated? Is High Performance worth it?

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16 May 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I think 3700 means the CPU is running in Turbo mode, which would give you a slight performance boost from 3300.

But that 3700 speed applies only to one core, compared to 4 cores when running at 3300. If your game uses only a single thread, you might see an improvement, but it may not be noticeable.
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16 May 2012   #3

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Another consideration is how much added heat, if any, will your machine have to deal with. A slight boost in performance may not be worth it if you start to experience other problems like unexplained shutdown, BSOD, noisy fans, etc.
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16 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1

Thank you. The temp rises from 31-32C to about 37-38C. I ran World of Warcraft and Dirt 3 games. With latter, the only real noise I hear is the fan from my Video card. Other 5 fans are rather quiet. I can't really complain. CPU jumps to high frequency when it needs to, and when idle or low use stays at 1600. Maybe I can adjust power settings manually for when I play the games, and leave it at balance for other times. I do use my computer for other purposes as well.
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