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Is it true or false that “Power Saver” mode slows down your PC?

It goes without saying but both computers and laptops make it much easier to get work done much faster than before. With technology evolving over the years, needing fast computing is almost an expectation. Windows is one of the most popular operating systems on the market as it helps to boost user productivity when computing. Even though it provides a wide range of different productivity tools and customisation options, some can lead to slower operating systems. 

With this in mind, one of the biggest questions asked by PC users is how valid is the power saver mode and how does it impact on the overall performance of your PC. In our latest blog article, we will look at the truths and myths surrounding Power Saver mode and how the overall performance and load times are affected. 

Why does your computer run slowly? 

As a computer user, there is nothing worse than trying to complete a task quickly or navigate the internet to be faced with slow speeds and unresponsive programs. There is no point getting frustrated, the best way to resolve this is to try and identify the cause of the problem. There are a number of things that could be causing your computer to run slowly; excessive applications running in the background to out-of-date software that is struggling to keep up. It could also be something as simple as a broken chip in your computer or quite simply out-of-date technology. It is also worth nothing that the way in which you use your computer or your overall settings could be impacting on your PC speeds. 

Hardware & settings connections that can impact on performance 

As most of us probably know, the hardware in your PC enables you to compute at rapid speeds with just a few taps of your keyboard. The hardware you have allows you to keep a constant link with each other and the software that manages your computer functions. In IT terms, we often refer to this link as the PCI express. By having this regular link in place between each of the parts in your computer, it allows your processes to run faster and much more effectively. As we all know, maintaining a perpetual link can be quite costly, particularly for your battery. When it comes to the day-to-day use of your PC, you are essentially telling your machine to relay information and to perform certain functions. However, in order to maintain this constant link, your PC has to send dummy information when you are not using your machine actively. It goes without saying but this costs power, at around the same rate that is spent when you are moderately using your computer. The vast majority of PC & laptop users need the battery life to be retained which is one of the main reasons why people choose to adjust their setting to power-saving mode. 

Power saving & PC loading speeds 

The main question of the day is if there is any truth behind the myth that power-saving mode actually slows down your PC. When you are changing your power management settings into ‘savings’ mode, the constant link we referred to earlier will not be maintained when you are not using your computer. This enables you to extend the life of your battery and go much longer between needing to charge your laptop. The main question around the power saving setting is the fact that even though its always on, the delay in your processes will only happen if your computer has become idle, and you ‘wake’ it up to complete a certain function. This delay is not very noticeable and will only have a higher amount of latency when you first enable the links again. So, whilst many may see this ‘wake up’ processing as slow, once your computer has loaded up, power-saving no longer impacts on the processing power. 

Next Steps? 

If you are worried about the speed of your laptops or computers in your business, you should consider getting a comprehensive IT audit with Advantage to help identify any issues. Why not get this IT audit booked in with one of our IT team today?