Undervolting Your laptop

Undervolting Your laptop

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Ro Man

What soft do (did?) you use to undervolt your laptop? I mean configurations with Intel CPU (yes I know, Intel Extreme Tuning Utility is obvious choice) and nVidia GPU (1050 and up). MSI soft for nVidia GPUs has many good opinions, but recently I found Zotac soft for the same purpose. What do you recommend?

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elpitaya

Intel xtu is the one I choose

Alienware 15 R3 i7-6820HK @4.1Ghz GTX 1070, 8 Gb DDR4 @2400, 512 GB SSD + 1 TB @7200 RPM

Ro Man edited

How much did you undervolted (with what effect)? And the second thing - how about GPU? Have you got any experience you can share?
 

Play solo, live together or vice versa?

Gthirst

Throttlestop is by far the best.  Intel XTU is probably the most user friendly, but doesn't give you nearly as much control.  Check the notebookreview forums for plenty of instruction on throttlestop.

Currently I have a script that autoruns XTU whenever I plug in my laptop to ensure it is always undervolted to my needs.  It works well enough, but this thing doesn't have thermal problems to begin with.  I had an MSI GS65, which IMO is a disaster of a laptop, and that basically needed to be massively undervolted at all times.


Ro Man

Yeah, I've heard many good opinions about ThrottleStop and I'm going to give it a try. Btw. I am surprised by your opinion about MSI, because their laptops are considered cool. Many years ago I had one and I was quite satisfied, but - of course - that means nothing.

Play solo, live together or vice versa?

Gthirst

I mean it is all a YMMV.  I've heard a lot of happiness about the MSI laptops and they usually win awards, but they just stepped in to the ultra slim gaming laptop market.  The thermals are just so hard to maintain.  I also probably got a lemon, as they replaced the heat sinks, repasted, put in new fans, when I had to do the warranty.  Their warranty service is so bad though in the USA.  Their office is in California and you have to pay for shipping to them and provide shipping materials...  That was about $40 from New York.  They also take a long time.  2 days after I sent out my GS65, I sent my HP Omen 15 out to HP.  HP overnighted me a box with a shipping label and I had the laptop back 3 days later.  1 day for shipping to them, 1 day for service, 1 day for return shipping.  I didn't even get a status update from MSI until after the Omen had returned.  It finally made its way back and I sold it ASAP.  The craziest thing was I was actually out of warranty with the HP, but they serviced me as a thank you.  I only owned the GS65 for a couple weeks and they still tried to nickle and dime me.

Apparently my story isn't very rare.  MSI has horror story warranty/customer service.

Dell has been good to me in the past, you just have to make it past the initial call center employees/salesman.  After that it is usually smooth sailing.

But that is an aside.  On topic - if you need any help with throttlestop let me know.  It looks far more complicated than XTU, but you'll recognize the options from XTU are there.  Start with those, then play with other options per the guides.


DevilRaf666

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AiEki

i used intel xtu on my predator. it's easy to use and lower my temp around 3-5 degree c.


Ro Man

How much did you undervolted? More than 100mV? How many cores has your CPU?

Play solo, live together or vice versa?

elpitaya

Sorry for late reply .. i usually undervolt at -85 mv, for temps purpuses.. in mexico my cpu gets over 80oC and without undervolting over 90oC

Alienware 15 R3 i7-6820HK @4.1Ghz GTX 1070, 8 Gb DDR4 @2400, 512 GB SSD + 1 TB @7200 RPM

L31FY

I use ThrottleStop. I don’t touch the GPU though because I find it too finicky compared to the CPU and it cools itself just fine in comparison.