Change System Cooling Policy for Processor – Passive or Active

Power Plan Settings Windows 10

Whether it's a desktop computer or a laptop, it's important to conserve energy. One way to do this is to use the System cooling policy. Since desktops are always plugged in, it even becomes necessary to save energy when you use the battery. This is where the system cooling policy for the processor comes in. Windows 10 offers two types of cooling strategy: passive and active. In this article, we will explain how to change the system's cooling strategy for the processor.

What is an active or passive system cooling strategy for the processor?

Before making the change, let's take a look at how the processor's passive and active cooling strategy works.

  • Passive: It slows down the processor before speeding up the fan speed
  • Active: It increases the speed of the fan before slowing down the processor

Admittedly, the passive method slows performance, but its power is effective. On the other hand, an active policy will be expensive. However, if you are on the desktop, you can use Active, but if you are on a laptop, use a passive strategy to conserve battery power.

That said, the operating system activates them as needed. The ACPI feature of the operating system allows the vendor to control the temperature using sensors. When the temperature exceeds the thermal zone, the operating system takes steps to cool the device.

Enable or disable the system cooling policy in Windows 10

  1. Go to Settings> System> Power and Standby
  2. Click on Additional Power Settings
  3. Select the plan settings (Balanced / High Performance) and click edit plan settings.
  4. He will fill the list with all the options related to food. Navigate to Processor Power Management> System Cooling Policy> Settings.
  5. Select Active or Passive, and then click OK to apply the changes.

That said, some hardware vendors may not implement active cooling, especially on mobile devices, as this increases the cost and size of the hardware platform. It also drains the battery and makes more noise. On laptops, the processor is throttled to reduce heat production, which makes sense.

I hope these steps and explanations have helped you understand the active and passive system and change the system's cooling strategy for the processor.

Ashish is an experienced Windows and Xbox user who excels in writing tips, tricks and features that enhance your everyday experience with your devices.

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