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Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 10's game mode

Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 10's game mode

Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 10's game mode

Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 10's game mode

 
At GDC 2017, Microsoft has revealed more details on Windows 10's upcoming game mode, with the company stating that gamers should see a 2-5% performance increase thanks to the new mode. 
 
Right now, games are just considered as n "ordinary application" at the OS level, acting the same as any number of applications that could be running simultaneously. With Game Mode, Microsoft plans to devote more resources exclusively to gaming, both on the CPU and GPU side to enhance performance. 
 
While gains from this new mode will be limited, there is little doubt that this mode is an improvement over the company's current game support on the OS level. On the CPU side, the mode can dedicate a specific number of CPU cores to gaming, leaving other processes on a totally different thread than gaming applications. For example, if a gamer is using an 8-core CPU, the OS can dedicate six cores to gaming and two cores to general desktop processes, preventing these tasks from interfering with each other.  
 
This reduction in thread contention will help games get the most out of every CPU core, which is important for games that can heavily rely on single threaded performance. 

  

Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 10's game mode  

When to comes to GPU performance Game mode will also have an impact, though again this impact will be limited, giving games a greater majority of GPU cycles and minimising GPU work on other applications. Game mode will also give games favourable memory residency to assets that are associated with a game, limiting VRAM use for applications outside of a game. 

These benefits will be minimal, as GPUs already deliver the vast majority of their performance to games, though this change should help limit potential performance dips in games. 

When the Windows 10 Creators update launches later this year, PC users will have the final say on whether or not they enable the feature in games, though game developers will have the option to select whether game mode as on or off in their title by default. 

 

You can join the discussion on Windows 10's game mode on the OC3D Forums

 

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08-03-2017, 10:04:00

Shingara
Makes me wonder how this will relate to things like async compute and this is query more then anything but isnt ryzen in scorpia, or should i say raven ridge. If that is the case could we see something akin to it sees zen and then has a low level api like scorpio does.Quote

08-03-2017, 10:10:59

WYP
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Originally Posted by Shingara View Post
Makes me wonder how this will relate to things like async compute and this is query more then anything but isnt ryzen in scorpia, or should i say raven ridge. If that is the case could we see something akin to it sees zen and then has a low level api like scorpio does.
Nothing has been revealed about Scorpio's CPU yet, though I think a Ryzen upgrade would be too soon, especially since the Xbone is an 8-core.

Even if they decided to go quad-core, 8 thread it would be a really weird change when coming to playing older titles. Hard to know what Microsoft is doing with Scorpio on the CPU side.Quote

08-03-2017, 10:21:41

Shingara
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Nothing has been revealed about Scorpio's CPU yet, though I think a Ryzen upgrade would be too soon, especially since the Xbone is an 8-core.

Even if they decided to go quad-core, 8 thread it would be a really weird change when coming to playing older titles. Hard to know what Microsoft is doing with Scorpio on the CPU side.

Well im not so much thinking of ryzen, but its apu brother/sister whatever it is, its just really hard to get leak and hype untangled when it comes to the scorpio, but as it is going tobe amd then i do wonder if they would go so far off zen when there main plan is to unify console gaming and pc gaming and lap up all the rewards from that plan.Quote

08-03-2017, 10:30:53

Peace
Might be a stupid question, but I'm wondering if we're able to start actual ordinary (or heavy duty) software in game mode as well for whatever reason
Productive software is most likely already coded to make use of every core in an efficient way, but maybe, just maybe, there is a little gain in performance!Quote

08-03-2017, 11:37:16

NeverBackDown
For games like TW where they are really really single thread bound, this would probably help quite a bit.Quote
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