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ULPS is an ultra low power saving feature which turns off all GPU's except the primary one in use. ULPS can cause crashing / stuttering / reduced scaling when enabled. ULPS is always enabled by default. It can't be fully disabled via software such as MSI Afterburner or Sapphire Trixx (as of 11/01/2016) since AMD Crimson (and some previous CCC versions) changed various reg entries which controlled ULPS. Before following the guide, read the Q & A below.

Solution

1) Click Start - Type regedit.exe and hit enter.
2) In reg editor, press F3 and type EnableULPS, hit enter.

3) Keep pressing F3 until it finds a key called EnableUlps in a sub folder called 0000
4) Double click the reg entry and change value from 1 to 0.

5) Keep pressing F3 until it finds a key called EnableUlps in a sub folder called 0001
6) Double click the reg entry and change value from 1 to 0.

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Can't I just disable ULPS in MSI Afterburner?
It no longer fully disables ULPS. Trixx also has issues doing so.

Why is the first EnableUlps key set to 0 already?
MSI Afterburner most likely set this key to 0 when you tried to disable ULPS. Just leave it and find the next key required.

Should I reboot after following the guide?
Yes. For settings to take effect.

Will idle power usage increase?
Yes. If that's an issue, change the reg keys back to 1 after a gaming session and reboot.

Any danger?
Yes. Incorrect values can cause software issues. Make backups of files and the registry if you are new to reg edit.

Why disable ULPS?
Some games don't scale well, causing reduced performance, stuttering and system crashes.

Should I have CFX enabled in "Radeon Additional Settings" before following the guide?
It does not matter.

I upgraded/downgraded drivers. Is ULPS still disabled?
No. Follow the guide to disable ULPS once again.

I can see Enableulps_NA, what should I do with it?
Nothing at all, don't touch it.

I'm confused, where and what are these sub folders?
You'll see them on the left hand side. They are like any other folder/directory.

Pressing F3 yields a lot of hits for ULPS, is this normal?

Yes. Don't edit any Ulps keys expect the ones stated.

Can I enable/disable CFX whenever I want after following the guide without breaking anything?
Yes, you are safe to enable/disable CFX at will.

Where are the exact keys found exactly?
Here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE < SYSTEM < ControlSet001 < Class < 4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 < 0000
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Here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE < SYSTEM < ControlSet001 < Class < 4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 < 0001

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Thank You Sir.
 
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Do any of the BF or Crysis series have issues with ULPS also what about CARS?
 

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Do any of the BF or Crysis series have issues with ULPS also what about CARS?
From personal experience, yes. It may vary from configuration to configuration.
A good way to tell is if usage is much lower on gpu2 compared to gpu1. If you are reading the usage with MSI AB, disable unified GPU usage monitoring. Unified GPU usage monitoring just mirrors the usage of gpu1 and applies it to gpu2/3/4. I'm sure you can all tell in many ways how and why this is a problem.
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You are most welcome.
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Do any of the BF or Crysis series have issues with ULPS also what about CARS?
If you try to OC yes. You will crash Instantly if you pass CCC limits.
 

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OP Updated.
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Is ULPS only applicable for ATI?
 

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Is ULPS only applicable for ATI?
AMD, yes. Nvidia, no.
 

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AMD, yes. Nvidia, no.
Is there an equivalent feature in NVIDIA cards that we need to disable though?
 

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Is there an equivalent feature in NVIDIA cards that we need to disable though?
I did a quick search and it "seems" all cards operate in 2D clock mode when you are not gaming. There are a few articles about hybrid SLI power saving but that information was posted from 2008, so I'm not sure. I'd ask in the Nvidia section. I only know about AMD CFX and Crimson when it comes to power saving, sorry.
 

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I did a quick search and it "seems" all cards operate in 2D clock mode when you are not gaming. There are a few articles about hybrid SLI power saving but that information was posted from 2008, so I'm not sure. I'd ask in the Nvidia section. I only know about AMD CFX and Crimson when it comes to power saving, sorry.
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No worries, thanks!
No problem my friend. Good luck and let me know if you find any info.
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There should be like a one click tool. I change drivers way too often.
 

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Thanks. One question: If I have a fresh install of Windows, Drivers, and AB, and I have not touched ULPS yet, do I edit the first key you mentioned here:
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[/B]Why is the first EnableUlps key set to 0 already?[/B]
MSI Afterburner most likely set this key to 0 when you tried to disable ULPS. Just leave it and find the next key required.
Its hard to tell if that first setting even matters. It sounds like AB tries to use this to disable it and fails. But since I havent done anything yet on this install, I just need to know if I should change that first reg key or leave it alone
 

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Thanks. One question: If I have a fresh install of Windows, Drivers, and AB, and I have not touched ULPS yet, do I edit the first key you mentioned here:
Its hard to tell if that first setting even matters. It sounds like AB tries to use this to disable it and fails. But since I havent done anything yet on this install, I just need to know if I should change that first reg key or leave it alone
Yes. Change it to 0. Both keys must be set to 0 to disable ULPS. MSI AB can only disable the first key on it's own. Both keys are equally important.
 
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How does this apply to windows 7?
 

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How does this apply to windows 7?
  • In the search field (above the Start Orb) type
    regedit
  • right-click on the regedit.exe shortcut that appears -> run as admin
  • In Registry, on the left highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
  • Hit Ctrl+F, and in the Find field fill in:
    enableulps
    and hit Enter (or click Next) or hit F3 for next.
  • At every instance of EnableUlps change the value from 1 to 0
    Don't touch EnableUlps_NA
  • Close Registry
  • Reboot the PC
 

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Yes. Change it to 0. Both keys must be set to 0 to disable ULPS. MSI AB can only disable the first key on it's own. Both keys are equally important.
You rock, thanks. Im going over to 10 this week. Fingers crossed that Aquasuite doesnt give me issues this time. So I'll be needing this
 

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There are at least 5 or 6 entries in regedit with enableulps = 1, not just two.

But, as the guide suggests, disable all!
 
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