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Vista Power Plan.. what does it really do?

By Vodude ยท 4 replies
Nov 7, 2009
  1. Vista Power Plan:
    -Power Saver
    -High Performance

    what it really do? I just think if you have a 2 GHZ CPU then
    -Power Saver will set your CPU to maybe 1.6 GHZ
    -Balance will set your CPU to normal 2.0 GHZ
    -High Performance will overclock your CPU to maybe 2.2 GHZ

    Can anyone tell?

  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

  3. dhanushka83

    dhanushka83 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    it depends on u. U working much more time without power use power saving mode.. U working with power use balance or high performance
  4. dipo003

    dipo003 TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    For someone like you that probably never really suffered power unavailability, it is not really meant for you to worry about.
    These are the little I know of this.
    Some of this options can be changed using the power option in the control panel
    High Performance
    Max CPU speed. i.e 2.0GHz especially when on AC
    Max Graphics performance (Gamers are aware) when running battery
    No Hard disk timeout
    No Auto-suspension
    High screen contrast

    It is just meant to reduce power consumption especially when running on battery
    Low CPU speed sometimes half
    Lower Graphics performance
    Quick auto-suspend
    hard disk time-out
    screen auto turn-off
    lower screen contrast

    Balanced/ Recommended
    You can think of the balanced mode as a middle way between the 2 extremes
    Recommended is a customised balanced mode

    If you always rely on AC, well, just keep your pc on high performance
    If you have to depend on your battery, then powersaver comes in handy
  5. angelic00

    angelic00 TS Rookie Posts: 35

    All the power plan does is control when your monitor shuts itself off, when the harddrives stop spinning, and when your system goes into stand-by or "sleep" mode.

    Power saving makes everything turn off except Windows itself to save energy.

    Balanced turns off the Monitor and Hard Disk Drives.

    High Performance only turns off the monitor.

    The time frame for all this to happen is between 20 minutes and 1 hour.
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