- Jun 1, 2008
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That is correct. When you shove one of Intel's 6 core CPUs into a laptop and cover it with a tiny heatsink compared to a desktop, it is going to run hot. Temperatures up over 90°C are perfectly normal. At your laptop's default settings, your CPU will thermal throttle when it hits 92°C so everything is OK as is.in comparison to my PC I consider temperatures to be high.
Yes. Lowering voltages will lower power consumption and that should result in lower temperatures. Sometimes it does not make a huge difference. Many laptops adjust the CPU fan speed so you might see lower temperatures or less fan noise or a little of both.Will lowering voltages lower temperatures?
The default turbo ratios when 1 or 2 cores are active is 45 and 44. When 1 or 2 cores are active, your CPU is not overheating so I do not see the need to lower these values. Using the 40 multiplier whether 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 cores are active is perfectly fine but you are sacrificing performance when you really do not need to do so.
The new PROCHOT Offset feature might be useful for you. It was included in ThrottleStop so a user can run their CPU at whatever temperature they like, within Intel spec of course. I prefer full performance and maximum temperatures but you can also do the opposite. If you do not want to see your CPU go over 75°C then all you need to do is set a PROCHOT Offset value of 25.
100°C - 25 = 75°C
Your CPU will start thermal throttling at this temperature so no matter what software you run, it will not exceed this temperature. Your CPU will slow down to a crawl if it has to so it does not exceed this temperature. Have a look in the Options window. The latest ThrottleStop version that I posted a download link to above has this new feature.
Some laptops lock the adjustable PROCHOT (processor hot) feature. If you see a black dot in that red box, this feature is locked. If it is not locked, it might be just what you are looking for without having to fine tune the power limits. Setting PROCHOT Offset will give you full control of your CPU temps.