GCLatencyMode Enumeration


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Adjusts the time that the garbage collector intrudes in your application.

Namespace:   System.Runtime
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public enum GCLatencyMode

Member nameDescription

Disables garbage collection concurrency and reclaims objects in a batch call. This is the most intrusive mode.


Enables garbage collection concurrency and reclaims objects while the application is running. This is the default mode for garbage collection on a workstation and is less intrusive than Batch. It balances responsiveness with throughput.


Enables garbage collection that is more conservative in reclaiming objects. Full collections occur only if the system is under memory pressure, whereas generation 0 and generation 1 collections might occur more frequently


Indicates that garbage collection is suspended while the app is executing a critical path.

NoGCRegion is a read-only value; that is, you cannot assign the NoGCRegion value to the GCSettings.LatencyMode property. You specify the no GC region latency mode by calling the TryStartNoGCRegion method and terminate it by calling the EndNoGCRegion method.


Enables garbage collection that tries to minimize latency over an extended period. The collector tries to perform only generation 0, generation 1, and concurrent generation 2 collections. Full blocking collections may still occur if the system is under memory pressure.

You can adjust the intrusiveness of garbage collection in your application by setting the LatencyMode property to any GCLatencyMode enumeration value except NoGCRegion. You can also determine the garbage collector's current latency mode by retrieving the GCSettings.LatencyMode property value.

See Latency Modes for a discussion of how the runtime configuration settings for garbage collection affect the default value for this enumeration.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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