UPDATE: Process Lasso version 9 renames its ‘Gaming Mode‘ to ‘Performance Mode‘. Same positions, same functionality. This is so it was not confused with Windows 10 new Gaming Mode and so that it was clear it also benefited other applications where maximum performance is desired.
Performance Mode invokes the ‘Bitsum Highest Performance’ power plan that keeps your CPU ready to execute code at all times. Otherwise, you would cope with that extra bit of latency seen while unparking cores, or ramping up the CPU frequency, which degrades performance of bursting CPU loads – the most common type.
For a long time, Bitsum provided the knowledge and capacity for users to customize their power plans, and automate when those power plans are induced.
With ParkControl, we revealed hidden CPU settings that control core parking, and wrote about how much core parking and CPU frequency scaling can affect performance of real-world CPU loads. Put simply, these power saving technologies work well at conserving energy, but come with a trade-off.
When the CPU is down-clocked or cores parked, it is not ready to execute code, and thus some degree of ramp-up time is required when new code needs executed. This especially impacts performance of bursting CPU loads.
Process Lasso offers a power plan pre-configured for maximal performance. When in this new Bitsum Highest Performance power plan, your CPU always remains ready to execute new code. Core parking is disabled and the CPU is always running at its maximum frequency. You can automate when it is induced with Process Lasso’s Performance Mode, or you can use the default application power profiles feature.
Thus, Performance Mode will induce this new highest performance power plan, and also make a few tweaks to the behavior of ProBalance – which will keep background processes from interfering with your real-time operations.
This technology is derived from our ParkControl freeware, on whose page you can get more information. A screenshot of it is below. The difference is that in Lasso, everything is already configured and automated for you.
Does this mode cause my CPU to ‘burn out’ and/or overheat?
NO! Despite the car analogies, a CPU is not an automotive engine. Let me explain.
There is a big difference from a utilized CPU, and one that simply hasn’t been downclocked or parked.
In a high CPU use situation, the total heat dissipated would be the same under either power plan, because the processors would be scaled up and unparked.
Also, while idle, the CPU has the HLT instruction and such, which keep it cool.
All Bitsum’s Highest Performance Plan can *ever* do is marginally increase the temperature from what it otherwise would have been while *idle* or in *moderate* loads – but, again, just a little.
In short, if your system has overheating problems, then you will see it with or without Bitsum’s Highest Performance Plan – and your system is improperly configured and MUST be adjusted.