How to Use Maximum CPU Power in Windows 10

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For power-hungry applications, Windows 10 has an option to max out your CPU. It’s not the ideal way to run your computer (it produces extra heat), but it should cover your needs for brief periods of high demand usage.


Here’s how it’s done.

1. Right click the Start menu and select Control Panel.

control2. Click Hardware and Sound.


3. Select Power Options.


4. Find Processor power management and open the menu for Minimum processor state.

minimum processor state5. Change the setting for on battery to 100%.

battery to 100%6. Change the setting for plugged in to 100%.

set plugged in to 100%

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  • john S Says:

    Unless your using some aggressive battery saving power profile. Doesn't your CPU run peak clock anyway when it's needed? I know some gamer's claim Intel's speedstep drags on FPS in games. But most of us could just select performance profile in power management and cancel out speedstep. I know plenty of notebook user who run at performance all the time. Sure battery life suffers but you get what you paid for in CPU performance. If you want that power always on and ready. In the old days of computing that's what CPU's did. Now its cool to throttle a V8 back to a Briggs and Stratton unless your going to drag race. Talk about castrating a CPU.

  • Josema Says:

    Yeah @Chris, now you can get all of your 50% performance for 300% of the price!

  • Sandra Says:

    HELP! Windows 10 upgraded today and these options no longer exist - plus I now have a sound problem. I have Spotify on max volume, laptop on max volume, AND external speakers on max volume and even so my sound level is only moderate, and the quality is awful ("bubbly" as if the speakers are overworking).
    What's happened??!

  • omegatalon Says:

    Microsoft might have realized this because you can't do this after the March 14th patch download.

  • Gunnar Forsgren Says:

    The absolute most rewarding experience could be doing the opposite;
    Limiting maximum processor performance to 50% or so.
    That could help you to a much quieter machine. In case you then experience the machine as slow, then no problem; just turn the max performance up a bit, possibly at the cost of some fan noise.

  • Chris Says:

    Gosh I just bought a MacBook Pro... So glad I don't have to fight with Windows to get the performance I desire anymore :)

  • Abhishek Hingnikar Says:

    Don't do this unless you really want to hurt your hardware.

  • Salfai Says:

    Windows can manage this automatically without the need to do this.
    You just need to take the value in the "Maximum" field and let your "Minimum" field unchanged.

    Best regards,

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