How To USE Processor Power Management

For those who owned a laptop for travel, work or playing games, by default, Windows 7 OS has built-in settings for user to pre-configure and control their processor speed and protect expensive components / hardware from overheating. However, if you’re not familiar with the system’s ‘Power Management’, then I would advice you NOT TO TOUCH the ‘advance power settings’ – that is your warning!

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If this is your first time taking advantage of Windows ‘Power Management’ console, then you should pretty much see these configuration by default. They are pre-installed by the operating system and cannot be removed. But, for those who wants to create their own ‘power plan’, just scroll down and continue reading…

— Balanced —
Automatically balances performances with energy consumption on capable hardware

— High Performance —
Favors performance, but may use more energy

— Power Saver —
Saves energy by reducing computer performance where possible

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For those who want to pre-configure “processor power management” utility, then follow this tutorial. It shouldn’t be that hard…

1.] Click Start >> Control Panel (Small icons) >> Power Options.

2.] Create “a power plan” and select “High Performance” as default, so you can leave other plans un-touch. However, don’t forget to provide a new name for your plan!

3.] Select this option which is highlighted in blue: “Change advance power settings”.

4.] Scroll down and look for this option: “Processor power management”. After that, please expand the table and find these: “Minimum Processor State, System Cooling Policy and Maximum Processor State”. They are very easy to spot!

5.] Expand Minimum / Maximum Processor State and take control of your processor usage and help reduce system temperature.

Maximum: if you set the maximum processor state to 60% it should limit / suppress usage beyond 60% and no more when under load. This is useful if you’re working on CAD project, writing essays or surfing the web for long session.

Minimum: if you set the minimum processor state to 20% then it will only allow the processor drop below that amount. For example, if you have a 3.0GHz CPU and set the minimum processor state to 50%, the lowest it will ever drop to is around 1.5GHz, even at idle.

6.] Save your changes and continue normally…

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