Microsoft is working on a new feature that can help tune the performance of your PC’s processor for both better battery life and less fan noise. Known as EcoQoS, it is now in beta testing with Windows Insiders and promises to make Windows 10 more efficient.
According to Windows Fundamentals program manager Raymond Lee, this new EcoQ feature is about improved energy consumption and lower power and thermal throttling. All of this is known as a new “service level quality” inside Windows 10, which works better with certain background processes that do not require significant performance or latency.
This would be a major change, as most gamers know that typically higher performance or clock speeds, more battery consumption, and more fan noise are needed to run CPU-intensive tasks. Meanwhile, better battery life means cutting down the power being sent to the CPU.
With EcoQoS, Windows 10 is capable of running more processes in an energy-efficient case, especially processes that do not require sustained high CPU performance or power draw from the battery. Under the hood, Windows will be able to use EcoQoS to schedule processes that can run more efficiently by configuring the CPU and running automatically at more efficient clock speeds. Basically, it helps your laptop to focus on what matters, not to prevent you from doing your work.
In Microsoft’s own tests, this feature has been proven to provide up to a 90% reduction in CPU power consumption, and it uses half the CPU energy to accomplish some tasks. The scenarios where EcoQoS come in handy include background services, updaters, sync engines, and indexing services.
Of course, this feature is intended to enable developers. Microsoft says that developers can choose APIs in processes and threads identified as ECOQS. In its current state, it is only compatible with Intel’s 10- and 11th-generation processors and AMD’s Risen 5000 series processors. It even includes Qualcomm, with Microsoft promising that tuning for the EcoQoS may soon come in a wide range of silicon, as well as desktop PCs.
EcoQoS is part of Microsoft’s plan to go carbon negative by 2030. It is also part of Microsoft’s continuing software.