The C6 CPU Power State
In order to enter the C6 state, the CPU must enter first into the C4 state and from there switch to the C6 state.
Let’s give some examples of power savings brought by the C6 state. First, let’s consider mobile Core 2 Extreme X9100. In normal (C0) mode working at its full clock, this CPU has a maximum current consumption of 59 A, which drops to 11 A when the CPU is in the C6 state, an 81.35% reduction in consumption.
On a mobile Core 2 Duo T9400 or T9600, which has a maximum current consumption of 47 A, maximum current consumption drops to 5.7 A when the CPU is under C6 mode, an impressive 87.87% decrease in consumption.
The 3 main power management modes of Windows 10
Nowadays, things are easier. To access the basic power management modes all you need to do is search for the Power & Sleep Settings. You can do that with the help of Cortana or you can simply use the search button or you can look for it in Control Panel. Once you ended up in the Power & Sleep menu, look for additional power settings and you will be redirected to the power options.
There should be 2 or 3 options for you to choose from. Usually, the High-Performance option could be hidden and you will have to manually make it appear by going on the right and clicking on Create a Power Plan option. The other two available options are Balanced and Power Saver.
Is it ok to use the high-performance power plan?
This is a matter of debate, while the high-performance power plan allows you to use your device slightly faster and makes it somehow better, it also uses more energy. If you are using a laptop, in the long run, it might wear off your battery faster. But there’s a catch if you have the guidance of an experienced user you can create your own high-performance power plan by selecting the Create a Power Plan option to rise the performance of your device and lower the possibility of damaging your device in time.