FREE e-book by Deskew - Optimize your Windows PC for the stage!

An interesting tip: Disable the E-Cores in the UEFI/BIOS setup (if available).

→ some tests have shown that tasks which are not in focus and run in background, such as rendering jobs, minimized windows or real-time audio tasks, could end up on the much slower E-Cores. And can lead to audio dropouts and reduced performance.

So what are “E-Cores”? Systems with hybrid-architecture CPUs are utilizing performance cores (P-Cores) and efficiency cores (E-Cores), such as the 12th Gen Intel® Core Alder Lake or newer.

Note: if such an option is not available in UEFI, as a workaround, one can set up the CPU Affinity for an app using the Task Manager or a 3rd party app, such as Process Lasso.

There is some talk on the Internet about reducing the DPC latency by disabling HPET (high precision event timer).


In the Device Manager locate System devices, then right click on High precision event timer and select Disable to stop the HPET service.

While this tip may be good for gaming, I’m not convinced that it will improve audio. If somebody already did this, please let us know (and what are the results) :slight_smile:

Hello, npudar, is there really much indication that E cores cause a problem in Gig Performer (or is DAWs) ? Can you provide links?

Do you have “e-cores”? I don’t have them, otherwise, I’d gladly test it.
Please google more about this tip, I stumble upon them very chaotically (i.e. I visit a dozen of audio-related forums monthly).

The last tip I found is that HAGS should be disabled: Wiki - How To Disable Windows 10 Hardware GPU Scheduler | OBS

Link: Sound in W10 stops working after Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling is activated


Ok, I intel is going that route with most (all?) their new chips. I would “think” it it would help with GP. The GP thread would be highest speed core. And background Windows stuff would be on E cores.

I’ll do some research.


Nice video about DPC calls → LINK

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I just got a Windows PC laptop that has Windows 8.1, Would this guide be fine for optimizing this ?

Yes, give it a go. :slight_smile:

Nice explanation about:

  • base frequency
  • max turbo frequency
  • differences between gaming and real time audio settings
  • is it better to keep running on max turbo or push the overclocking.


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Computer: Dell Optiplex 5000 ; CPU: 12th Gen i7-12700 ; RAM: 64 GB ; OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Issue: severe CPU spikes, every 10-15min → bad real-time performance.

The cause: Dell-related pre-installed services/applications.

The solution:

a) disable/uninstall these services:

  • Dell Data Vault Collector
  • Dell Data Vault Processor
  • Dell Data Vault Service API
  • Dell SupportAssist
  • Dell SupportAssist Remediation
  • DellTechHub

b) uninstall these Dell applications:

  • Dell Digital Delivery
  • Dell Digital Delivery Services
  • Dell Optimizer
  • Dell Optimizer Service

< solved >


Happy readers of the e-book :slight_smile:

[1] We don’t make a habit of publishing links to companies’ content marketing materials, but this happens to be particularly useful – and no, it’s not just a big sales pitch for Gig Performer! @ Synth and SoftwareLINK

[2] For me, this is the best “bible” for optimizing a laptop! Gandi @ Native Instruments → LINK

[3] I’ve gone through this below and found it useful. thedogsdinner @ ntlite .com → LINK

[4] Disable Core Parking @ PianoWorld → LINK

[5] Disable Core Parking @ Microsoft Answers → LINK

[6] Optane VI and Latency Monitor @ → LINK

[7] After optimizing the laptop with the guide my computer runs faster and Rig 6 works so much better. I’m happy! denjack @ Native Instruments → LINK

[8] Recommendation from LX2 @ Steinberg → LINK

[9] I use Gig Performer (among others) with a 2012 Lenovo PC 8GB RAM i5-3320M and I can load about 15 plugins playing simultaneously without any CPU load problem and glitches at 44,1kHz/128 samples. But to get this result, my computer is dedicated only to music and optimized thanks to this 92 pages guide whose recommendations I carefully followed @ VI-Control → LINK

[10] Wie gesagt ist die Konfiguration des PCs nicht unerheblich. Hatte es im Forum hier schon mal erwähnt, es gibt für Windows-PCs eine super Anleitung mit viel Praxiswissen. Sucht einfach mal nach “The Ultimate Guide to Optimize your Windows PC for the Stage”. lx2 @ Steinberg → LINK


Users that have E cores will find this very interesting - a VST3 plugin NoThrottle. → LINK

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Interesting topic, and rewarding to see the guide circulating. :wink:
But really impressive images of the computer :face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth:

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Issues with SSD Bitlocker performance impact

Be careful wi5 encryption on Windows 11


So, if you are only using your SSD for streaming sample libraries, the best option would seem to be to turn bit locker off in the manner described in the article?

Or am I missing something?

Anyone run into any issues doing that?

To turn off BitLocker, all you need to do is launch an elevated command prompt (launch CMD as administrator) and enter manage-bde -off C:replace the C: with a different drive letter if your encrypted drive is not C. (You can also do this, for individual drives, via the BitLocker control panel: Control Panel → System and Security → BitLocker Drive Encryption — or type “manage BitLocker” in the Start Menu search box.)

I never turned it on, really, on all my computers.
And now we also have a valid and relevant source - Tom’s Hardware.

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I’ll check. I think I turned it off as part of my attempt to optomize my laptops.

Just a suggestion: If you use a separate disk for storing samples, then you can turn it off only for that disk.

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There are ways to encrypt specific folders rather than whole disk encryption if you need to protect certain things.