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How to change power plans on CPU load on Windows 10

Power plans allow you to manage your system’s performance and your battery. We covered an app that lets you change the power plan when your system has been idle for a brief period of time. It’s a good way to conserve your battery. GiMeSpace Power Control is a free Windows app that lets you change power plans on CPU load. If your CPU is under high load, you can switch to the high performance plan. If it’s under a normal amount of load, the power plan will switch to the balanced plan.

You can also configure it to switch to any custom plan that you’ve configured.

Power plans on CPU load

Download and install GiMeSpace Power Control. Before you click Finish on the final screen, make sure you uncheck the options for additional offers.

Run the app and select the CPU load that should trigger the low power scheme to activate. Next, select the CPU load that should trigger the high power plan to activate. You can customize how often the app checks the CPU load and the minimum amount of time a power plan remains active before switching to the other one.

One of the ways a power plan limits power usage on your screen is by limiting how much power your CPU can consume. A high performance power plan gives your CPU unlimited power whereas the balanced power plan restricts it.

Under a balanced power plan, your CPU will experience more load than normal. When you switch to a high performance plan and your CPU is allowed more power, its usage may drop. You should keep this in mind while you set the app up to switch plans.

For apps that exert considerable load on the CPU, or apps that fluctuate between high and low CPU usage, you should be extra careful when you set the low power plan to be triggered. We should also mention that if your system is idle, Windows 10 might start scanning it for viruses. This is normal but it exerts considerable load on the CPU so again, factor that in when you set the app up. Alternatively, you can disable Windows Defender for a brief period of time if you’re running an app that will tax the CPU. Make sure you enable it again once you’re done with the app.

It’s also a good idea to check how much power your CPU is allowed to use under the plans that you’re using if you’ve set up custom power plans.

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